VIDEO: GPD Holds Special Presentation for their Largest Boat Yet

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Guam – The Guam Police Department held a special presentation this morning for their largest boat yet.

The 32-foot Rigid Hull inflatable boat is assigned to the GPD Special Operations Division and will be primarily used for law enforcement and search and rescue efforts. It features an inflatable collar, shock mitigating seats, a radar and a Forward Looking Infrared (FLI) system. 

Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio said this new boat adds to the equipment needed by GPD to further the people of Guam. He said, “This is a win for the people of Guam and the safety of the people. You feel the wind and the waves when you’re there fishing. Sometimes it can be overcoming and you can find yourself in an emergency very quickly. These are the situations where our people rely on first responders.”  

The $333,000 boat is already in use and funded by the Recreational Boating Safety Grant Program. 

READ the release from the Governor’s Office below:

“Our connection to our ocean goes back to the days of the ancient Chamorros.  For some, our waters still provide food for their families, but all Guamanians have this precious resource to earn a living and enjoy.  Unfortunately, our year-long access to our waters attracts people when conditions are dangerous or unpredictable.  It’s important we keep our swimmers, boaters, and fishermen safe in our waters. Our federal and local safety agencies do such a great job saving lives of distressed people in our waters. This is the first addition to GPD’s vessel fleet in 14 years.  This new boat has the additional capacity and equipment needed to keep more of our families and visitors safe.” – Governor Eddie Baza Calvo

“Guamanians know just how dangerous our waters can be. Protecting our community is a collaborative effort between all agencies—Guam Police, Guam Fire, the U.S. Coast Guard, and our military counterparts. This new equipment enhances their mission to keep people safe in our waters.”
– Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio

GPD adds new Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat to its fleet                                                          
For the first time in 14 years, the Guam Police Department has a new boat to keep fishermen, swimmers, and sailors safe in Guam’s waters.  Today, GPD officially added a new 32-foot long Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) to its marine patrol fleet.  This function of the police department falls under GPD’s Special Operations Division.

This new boat is the largest vessel GPD owns. In the past, GPD’s second largest vessel, a 12 ft. patrol craft could only pick up two or three passengers at a time. The RHIB’s will now allow GPD to rescue or apprehend 18 people at a time.

GPD awarded U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety grant                              
The police department was awarded $665,609 from the United States Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Safety grant program. GovGuam provided a local match of $465,609 for a total $1.1 million.

These funds procured the RHIB vessel valued at $333,000. The remaining funds will be used for training courses, specialized conferences for Marine Patrol Officers and Boating Law Administrators, supplies, equipment, personnel and public awareness campaigns for boating safety.

Special Features will enhance policing efforts                                                                 
This boat will be able to catch criminals and save lives in the waters off of Guam. The RHIB’s main hull, made of fiberglass, is protected on each side by an inflatable pontoon.  This feature allows for:

·       Simplified boarding for officers and rescued victims
·       Reduced risk of damage to the RHIB or other vessels
·       Greater lateral stability.

The boat is equipped with shock mitigating seats that relieve crew fatigue, make for a smoother ride on water, and absorb shock for the passengers on board. This RHIB also boasts radar capabilities and a forward-looking Infrared system to assist in day and night visibility.

GPD Marine Patrol Section responsible for patrolling waterways                                 
GPD’s Marine Patrol Fleet keep our waterways safe. GPD monitors waterways for boaters and operators under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These officers participate in search and rescue efforts of distressed swimmers. They enforce navigation rules and compliance requirements, and safety measures for boats and passengers.