2. NYPD Boats
Out of the nearly 40,000 officers on the New York City force, only a few hundred are specially trained for its aviation and harbor units. The NYPD harbor unit, which polices all 150 miles of New York City’s navigable waterways, is made up of officers and divers on the NYPD SCUBA Team. It makes use of 29 crafts, ranging in size from 45 to 70 feet. The boats are also equipped with sonar and radiation detection capabilities to scan the waters for potential threats.
As part of its scope of work, the harbor unit responds to calls for situations ranging from swimmers in distress and disabled boaters to bridge jumpers.