DORSET Police is riding a new wave in crime-fighting with a boat set to patrol the county’s 98 miles of coastline.
Buccaneer, an 11-metre RIB, was officially unveiled at a small launch event attended by Chief Constable James Vaughan and Dorset police and crime commissioner Martyn Underhill.
Weighing in at 5.5 tons and carrying 600 litres of fuel, the vessel can travel up to 200 miles on a full tank at a top speed of 50 knots with up to eight people on board.
Crewed by the force support group – a small team of specially trained marine police officers – it can be out in all weathers, day or night.
Efforts to tackle criminality on the water will be carried out alongside the force’s partners including Border Force, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, HM Coastguard, Royal Navy, RNLI, Marine Management Organisation and the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.
The new vessel will also play a key role in search-and-rescue operations.
Mr Vaughan said: “Buccaneer represents a significant investment by Dorset Police and the police and crime commissioner, enhancing our specialist capabilities in policing our coastal waters and marine communities.
“The boat is three years in the making to get to launch: from design requirements, building, sea trials and finally unveiling the new specialist equipment.
“It includes brand new features and the latest marine navigation technology and search-and-rescue equipment.”
He added: “This will greatly enhance the service we’re able to provide to our marine communities and I would like to thank all those involved for making it happen.”