Bristol police christen new patrol boat ahead of busy weekend

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BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) — With summer boating season bringing more traffic to Narragansett Bay, police in Bristol unveiled a new vessel that they say will enhance public safety.

Bristol police say the new boat will assist with search and rescue, port security and marine emergency situations.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, along with several local officials, christened the new boat Friday. Reed is a member of the Appropriations Committee, which provided $300,000 in federal funding that allowed the town to purchase the boat.

“This new multi-mission boat will help the Bristol Police safeguard our community,” Reed said. “They do a tremendous job on land and water, and this is a terrific asset that can help them quickly and effectively respond to a variety of emergencies, whether it is a boating accident, a search-and-rescue mission, or any type of emergency response.”

The boat is a 27-foot enclosed cabin Patrol Vessel with CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive defense) capability. Police said they plan to use the boat year round.

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