Senior Constable Graham Hill, Chris Datson from Tweed Slipway and Matt Conroy from Britton Maritime Systems check out one of the big props on Vigilant.
Senior Constable Graham Hill, Chris Datson from Tweed Slipway and Matt Conroy from Britton Maritime Systems check out one of the big props on Vigilant. Blainey Woodham

Biggest police boat in NSW patrolling Tweed waterways

IF TWEED boaties didn't see Vigilant coming, the shadow she casts would surely alert them to her presence.

It's the second biggest police boat in New South Wales and is doing a working visit to the area.

As part of a joint operation with Roads and Maritime Services, the Department of Primary Industries and others, the vessel has been in Tweed since December as part of a trial country posting.

Don Stewart, Carl Cormack and Graham Hill with the Police boat called Vigilant that has been released in the Tweed. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Daily News
Don Stewart, Carl Cormack and Graham Hill with the Police boat called Vigilant that has been released in the Tweed. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Daily News Nolan Verheij-Full

After making the trip from Sydney, Senior Constable Graham Hill and Vigilant's other crew have been busy over the holiday period.

"We have been targeting fisheries offences, conducting marine RBTs and working in with the other authorities during the busy holiday period," he said as he watched the 16m, two-level craft slide back in the water after being slipped for maintenance.

"The vessel needs slipping every six months so we have just brought it forward from March to get it done now while we are on the Tweed."

Propelled by powerful twin diesel engines, it easily reaches speeds of 30 knots (one can comfortably water ski at 25 knots, giving some scale to her capabilities).

Patrols have included offshore and inland waters and Const Hill said educating boaties and the fishing public was a part of his job.

"People just aren't aware of the rules in many cases and normally take the information on board and don't repeat offend," he said.

The big police craft will be on the water in Tweed for another few weeks before returning to Sydney.



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