The Green Bay Police Department Marine Unit patrols the Fox River within the city limits. You will see Marine Officers patrolling the federally regulated waterways various times during the season. Our mission is to protect and provide a safe environment on the river which may include assisting disabled vessels, working to provide maritime support during dive operations/training, and search and rescue in emergency operations.
The Marine Unit consists of vessel 109 which is a 2006 Zodiak(30 ft) powered by twin 250 hp Mercury Verado outboard engines. The second vessel is 165 which is a 2005 Safe boat (25 ft) powered by twin 225 hp Honda outboard engines. The department purchased this boat from Government Surplus in 2018. This boat will look familiar as it was originally commissioned and operated by the Unites States Coast Guard. When this boat was purchased in June of 2018, the Marine Officers numbered this boat to 165 in remembrance of Marine Officer Terry Halverson. 165 is Officer Halverson’s badge number. To learn more about vessel 165 click on the following links:
Captain Kevin Warych is the Unit Supervisor that oversees the day to day operations and the patrols that occur throughout the season. The Marine Unit is comprised of 12 boat operators, two of which are the Team Leaders. For a list of marine officers click here. Newly appointed operators go through a training regime to ensure the safe operation of each vessel. In addition, each operator trains three hours a month from May to October to ensure they maintain the highest efficiency in operation, search and rescue and navigational skills possible in operating both vessels. Both boats are readily available to respond at a moment’s notice.
The patrol boats are fully outfitted with all necessary safety, rescue and dive equipment including fire extinguishers, life jackets, throw rings, tow lines, first aid kits, marine radio, police radio, electronics, GPS, radar, and emergency lighting. The Marine Unit has responded to numerous calls for boater assistance ranging from disabled boats to vessels sinking. Also, the Marine Unit has responded to disturbances on the river, maintaining crime scenes, boat crashes, locating intoxicated boaters, and helping vessels in need.
Both department vessels 109 and 165 are moored at South Bay Marina, 101 Bay Beach Road. http://www.southbaymarina.com/ A special thank you to Southbay Marina as they donate the use of their docks and facility to the Police Department. All of the staff at South Bay Marina have been a great partner with the police department and strongly support our efforts to promote and maintain a safe maritime environment. We thank them and look forward to our continued partnership.
The Green Bay Police Department Marine Unit would not be possible without the fiduciary support of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR). Current state statutes require the Department of Natural Resources to provide reimbursements up to 75% for equipment and patrol hours that local law enforcement agencies spend providing law enforcement on Wisconsin rivers and lakes. This includes the cost of the patrol boat 165, equipment, gas, oil and the maintaining the boat.
The Green Bay Police Marine Unit is dedicated to make the Fox River a great, fun, safe place for all recreational boaters to spend time with their family and friends. If you have any maritime questions or about the Marine Unit, please contact Captain Kevin Warych at 920 448-3200 ext 0919.
Boat 109/Zodiac is pictured above with the the ship Bounty (1960 Ship) that sank off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy on October 29,2013.