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NCJ Number: 127851 Find in a Library
Title: Watercraft Patrol and Survival Tactics
Author(s): D M Turner; T Lesce
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 288
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Publication Number: ISBN 0-398-05712-5
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Police procedures and protection of constitutional liberties are the same for both land and water officers, but techniques of application vary greatly.
Abstract: Threats faced by watercraft patrol officers can be personal or impersonal and intentional or inadvertent. Often, these officers encounter wildlife law violators who are armed, but not hardened felons. Officer handling of the situation will determine whether it escalates into a violent encounter. Very commonly, officers find disorderly persons on the water. Some are simply recreational boaters violating speed or safety regulations, while others are public hazards, such as boaters creating large wakes in a no-wake zone. Many boaters are under the influence of some sort of intoxicant, and officers must recognize this and take special measures to ensure their safety and that of the public. Watercraft patrol and survival tactics are delineated that focus on watercraft enforcement, patrol efforts, search and rescue, watercraft patrol equipment use, and watercraft patrol officer training. A discussion on watercraft officer survival covers one- and two-officer patrols, shoreline contacts, campgrounds and large groups, water stops, inspections, stolen boats, arrests, accident responses, night operations, booby traps, environmental survival, towing watercraft, and assaults on the water. 21 notes and 55 figures
Main Term(s): Patrol; Watercraft police
Index Term(s): Police safety; Recreation
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