Essex Police marine unit officers moved to Special Branch

Gazette: Essex Police marine unit changes today Essex Police marine unit changes today

CHANGES to Essex Police’s marine unit come into force from today.

Five of the nine officers based in Burnham will transfer to Special Branch, responsible for anti-terrorism and protecting high-profile visitors.

Initially they will still be based in Burnham.

An Essex police spokesman said: “Marine officers will be moved under the control of the force’s Special Branch and will initially remain at their base in Burnham.

“The force, however, will be looking at whether there is a more appropriate location for them as the use of Essex waterways expands with development along the Thames corridor.”

She said officers will be focussing on organised crime on the county’s waterways under the new management structure.

The force is cutting back the marine unit as part of efforts to save £78million a year by 2016.

The marine unit patrols about 360 miles of coastline.

Nigel Harmer, Maldon District Council’s river bailiff, said he hopes to work more closely with Brightlingsea Town Council and Tendring Council to make up for the short fall in river enforcement.

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11:34am Tue 1 Apr 14

Scoot says...

The simplest thing to do would be to licence all public launching places and anything that uses an engine on the water. If someone is caught breaking any rules/regulations that causes danger to others then the boat or jetski user and owner is banned from the County along with the slipway owner being fined or if persistent offences occur losing his licence and being closed down. Some of the funds raised from this could be donated to the RNLI.
The simplest thing to do would be to licence all public launching places and anything that uses an engine on the water. If someone is caught breaking any rules/regulations that causes danger to others then the boat or jetski user and owner is banned from the County along with the slipway owner being fined or if persistent offences occur losing his licence and being closed down. Some of the funds raised from this could be donated to the RNLI. Scoot
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5:10pm Tue 1 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Marine to special Branch, will they now be known as Driftwood..?
Marine to special Branch, will they now be known as Driftwood..? carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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8:24pm Tue 1 Apr 14

hughie-s says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Marine to special Branch, will they now be known as Driftwood..?
The four not transfered being Deadwood??
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Marine to special Branch, will they now be known as Driftwood..?[/p][/quote]The four not transfered being Deadwood?? hughie-s
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