No longer needing to borrow from another detachment, the Lunenburg district RCMP has a new police-vehicle-on-the-water and it's a big upgrade from previous patrol boats.
The nine-metre Nova Scotia-built Rosborough is a rigid-hull inflatable boat with full cabin and seats four crew. Equipped with twin 250-horsepower engines, the $500,000-plus vessel is also geared-up with modern navigation systems. It has emergency lights and siren just like an ordinary police car.
The unit is based out of of the Chester detachment and is one of 10 RCMP vessels in the province.
Chester members are on the water during boating season conducting enforcement patrols and reminding vessel operators to be safe.
Rescue operations and policing the Tancook Islands are among the new boat's role.
The new vessel, put into service earlier this year, replaces a five-metre Boston Whaler, estimated to be about 10 years old (disposed of a couple of years ago), along with a seven-and-a-half-metre cabin boat that was about 20-years-old.
"Most things on those boats were dated," said Sgt. Mark Bishop, the water transport coordinator who oversees RCMP watercraft in Nova Scotia.
"While the new boat was going through the procurement and tendering, Lunenburg district had loan of another vessel ..."
The acquisition is a big deal in terms of safety for all who are on the water: law enforcement and civilians, Bishop told LighthouseNOW.
"It's modern ... it's more spacious and gives those officers a lot more peace of mind on the water to have a safe working platform to do their job properly."