MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Marine Police are getting two new patrol boats for ports in Mobile and Guntersville with the help of about $540,000 in federal security grants.
The grants were announced Tuesday by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The agency is partnering with the state homeland security department to use the boats as part of an overall protection strategy.
Alabama Homeland Security Director Jim Walker said the larger patrol boats will allow marine police to provide increased security and stay on water-related incidents longer.
The boats can operate under severe weather conditions, giving marine police more flexibility in emergencies. The boats will be in operation by the summer of 2010.
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