Milford Police awarded grant for new boat

Milford police were awarded  $375,000 through the Port Security Grant Awards that will go towards buying a new multi-use boat for the department.

Police are hoping to have the boat sometime during the next boating season, which begins around Labor Day.

"It's not like the pleasure boats, there aren't as many manufacturers," said Deputy Chief Gerald Butler.

The boat will have a closed cabin and will be about 32-foot long. It will be used for diving and patrol, Butler said. Dive team members do a variety of duties, including evidence retrieval and coastal rescues. It will be in use year-round.

Police currently have a smaller patrol boat in service, Butler said. The department's 32-foot boat has been out of service for a number of years.

There was a total of $3.2 million in grants given by the captain of the Port Long Island Sound zone in 2012. Police are looking into obtaining grants for maintenance of the new boat through the same program, Butler said.


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