The police beat in New Brunswick encompasses more than just the streets – our department also has an active Marine Unit patrolling the waterways of the Raritan River.
The New Brunswick Police Department’s Marine patrol consists of a 27-foot SeaArk SRC with twin Evinrude outboard engines. It is a model typically used for police work and is outfitted with radar and flotation devices and is also equipped for dive rescue.
The boat was purchased by Middlesex County in 2006, funded by $125,000 grant from the Federal government. The boat is owned by Middlesex County and used New Brunswick Police Department for the purpose of marine patrol and terrorism watch throughout the County.
“We patrol all waterways connected through Middlesex County,” said Det. John Drury.
The boat is also brought out to assist during special events, such as the City’s annual fireworks display and the Raritan River Festival.
Det. Drury is the lead Marine officer for the boat. Six additional New Brunswick police officers are certified to operate the vessel.
The NBPD aims to take the boat out once a week on patrol, but it is also available on quicker notice, such as in the event of water emergencies or assistance to the New Jersey State Police and the Coast Guard.
Docked in Edison, the boat is utilized during the months of April through November. In the wintertime it goes to another Middlesex County marina for maintenance and storage.