Marine Unit Receives New Vessel

Omina Aniza, was the winner of the Name the Boat contest, which was open to all grade school children in the City of Windsor, was recognized and presented with tokens of appreciation from Chief Al Frederick. Looking on was (r to l) Omina's father and sister, David Cree, President & CEO of Windsor Port Authority, and Dennis Morris, President & CEO of SAFE Boats International. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Omina Aniza, was the winner of the Name the Boat contest, which was open to all grade school children in the City of Windsor, was recognized and presented with tokens of appreciation from Chief Al Frederick. Looking on was (r to l) Omina’s father and sister, David Cree, President & CEO of Windsor Port Authority, and Dennis Morris, President & CEO of SAFE Boats International. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – As the wind whipped the spectators, the Windsor Police Service unveiled the newest asset to assist in keeping residents and visitors safe. For the first time in 23 years, WPS has taken delivery of a new police boat to replace the aging Guardian police vessel. The new 29 foot patrol boat, named the Defender by Omina Aniza who won a grade school naming competition, was on display at Lakeview Park Marina, today.

In attendance were Police Chief Al Frederick, David Cree, President & CEO of Windsor Port Authority, and Dennis Morris, President & CEO of SAFE Boats, each of whom spoke at the ceremony to commission the Defender.

The new multi-mission rapid response boat was obtained by WPS, in partnership with the Windsor Port Authority.

Port of Windsor Harbourmaster Peter Berry was presented a plaque for his participation in the police boat selection committee. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Port of Windsor Harbourmaster Peter Berry was presented a plaque for his participation in the police boat selection committee. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

“Obtaining this boat was a huge collaborative undertaking and we’re very proud,” said Peter Berry, Windsor Harbourmaster. “We love the boat’s speed and manoeuvrability and no other manufacturer could meet our mission requirement. This is definitely the first of hopefully more SAFE Boats to come. The excitement within the department is immeasurable”

Described as the most advanced small security vessel in Canada, the Defender features a high performance aluminium hull, SAFE’s patented, advanced solid foam collar technology, and is powered by twin 300hp outboards. The Defender is also equipped with state-of-the-art navigation equipment, thermal imaging camera system, sonar capabilities, and a fire monitor.

The Windsor Police Service received the Defender on 10 April 2014 from SAFE Boats International of Bremerton, WA. The Defender, shown above during sea trials, will greatly enhance the WPS ability to preform their mandated marine responsibilities. Photo courtesy of SAFE Boats International.

The Windsor Police Service received the Defender on 10 April 2014 from SAFE Boats International of Bremerton, WA. The Defender, shown above during sea trials, will greatly enhance the WPS ability to preform their mandated marine responsibilities. Photo courtesy of SAFE Boats International.

On hand for the commissioning ceremony were members of local, provincial, and federal policing partners as well as representatives from the US Homeland Security, the Detroit Police Department, and the Canadian and US Coast Guards.

Windsor is required to have a marine unit, as directed by he Police Services Act, and the Defender will allow WPS to better carry out their maritime responsibilities including cross border security, first response, search and rescue (SAR), dive missions and fire fighting operations.

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