The Halton Regional Police Service Marine Unit operates out of Bronte Harbour Marina year-round. During the non-boating months of November to March, the Unit will respond to calls on the water on an emergency callout basis, as well as ice rescue situations.
The HRPS Marine Unit is responsible for policing approximately 325 square kilometres of water at the western end of Lake Ontario, including portions of the Hamilton Harbour. This encompasses 35 kilometres of shoreline between the jurisdictions of Peel and Hamilton. Included in this area are five marinas and three boat launching facilities.
HRPS Marine Unit officers are specially trained to perform a wide variety of tasks.
During the boating season, officers from the Halton Regional Police Service patrol the waterfront to promote boating safety and enforce various statutes, including:
- The Canada Shipping Act
- The Liquor Licence Act
- The Criminal Code of Canada
- The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act
The HRPS Marine Unit responds to vessels-in-distress calls and supports the Canadian Coast Guard with overdue vessel investigations and/or search and rescue operations.
Mirroring the goals of the highway initiative, the HRPS Marine Unit also participates in the provincial Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) program on the area's waterways. Here, efforts are geared toward educating boaters and reducing impaired vessel operation.
Vessels and Equipment:
All HRPS Marine Unit vessels and vehicles are equipped with Marine VHF radios which allow officers to monitor the International Distress Channel (VHF 16) as part of their patrols.
The following equipment is currently assigned to the Marine Unit to ensure effective response and high-quality service to members of the boating community:
- Marine I - 2010 Aluminum 'Hike' Patrol Rescue Vessel
- Marine II - 2010 Boston Whaler 'Justice' Patrol Rescue Vessel
- Marine III - 1999 Boston Whaler 'Guardian' Patrol Rescue Vessel
For more information about the Halton Regional Police Service Marine Unit, contact:
Staff Sergeant John Karcz
905-825-4747 ext. 4713