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Marine And Dive Units Working Together

The Tampa Police Department Marine Unit and Dive Team are responsible for law enforcement and rescue activities on the waterways in and around the City of Tampa. The Unit also assists the United States Coast Guard and United States Customs and Border Protection with "Homeland Security" with illegal narcotic interdiction in the port.. The City of Tampa has a diverse, marine environment that varies in extreme depth changes, tidal and river currents and a wide variety of weather conditions. Tampa Bay is approximately 398 square miles and surrounds the City of Tampa, which is intersected by the Hillsborough River that runs through the city.  Tampa is also home to the eighth largest seaport in the United States and numerous recreational boating marinas.  The City of Tampa also hosts Carnival, Holland America, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

    Downtown Skyline With Cruise Ship 

The Marine Unit is made up of five boats and two personal watercraft. The "flagship of the fleet" is a 32 foot Donzi ZF boasting twin outboard engines providing 500 horsepower for quick response and interdiction tasks.  The remainder of the fleet consists of a 26-foot Boston Whaler, a 28-foot Goldline, a 19-foot rigid hull inflatable and a 21-foot Carolina Skiff.

Boston Whaler Donzi 32' ZF
Goldline Stott Craft
&Marine Unit Conducting A Boat Inspection
Donzi The Donzi is the cutting edge of marine law enforcement with a gyro-stabilized camera system that is designed for the marine environment. The camera has a triple sensor (day/night/infra-red) system with broadcast quality. This system is capable of real time down link broadcast to all district systems, the mobile command post and a mobile response vehicle.


The Marine Unit provides boating education to the public, monitors and patrols the navigable waters within Tampa City limits and assists other bureaus within the Tampa Police Department, and other law enforcement agencies with water related investigations and activities.  They patrol 68 linear square miles of shoreline in tamp Bay and the Hillsborough River. They handle emergency call such as boaters in distress, sinking vessels or vessel fires.  They routinely search for missing boats or persons around the shoreline.  Marine officers enforce all State and Local boating laws and regulations as well as perform safety inspections of vessels within their area of responsibility.   The Marine Unit and Dive Team work hand in hand.  All of the members of the Marine Unit are primary divers.  To accomplish their assignment, the Marine Unit is staffed by one sergeant, One corporal, and 4 full time officers. Most members of the Team are either Instructor or Dive Master certified.

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