officers with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF)
unveiled their newest tool in serving as First Tier Responders for small
craft engaged in suspicious water-based activities today at an event at
Osborne Boating Landing
. The two, new 21-foot, 12-man Safeboats will
enhance conservation police officers' surveillance, detection, and
intervention capabilities as they patrol the Norfolk, Newport News and
Portsmouth harbor areas.
The event included brief remarks by Secretary of Natural Resources L.
Preston Bryant, Jr., Secretary of Public Safety John W. Marshall, and
Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness Robert P. Crouch
followed by a demonstration of how effective a tool the Safeboats will be
on the water.