"The Mission of the Darien Police Department Marine Division is to reduce and prevent watercraft related accidents and injuries and to preserve the quality boating experience enjoyed by those who frequent the waters of Long Island Sound. Our mission is accomplished in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard and surrounding agencies by promoting watercraft safety & personal responsibility. "
The Marine Division is a fully staffed unit of the Darien Police Department. The Division operates seven days a week from May to October and during the winter months is maintained and available for emergencies twenty-four hours a day. The Division's twin engine, 27-foot Glacier Bay is equipped with radar, VHF radio with tracking capabilities to assist in locating lost or distressed vessels and, when needed, thermal imaging and amplified night vision equipment. The Unit has on-board medical supplies including an automatic defibrillator and is always manned with an EMT or an MRT.
The Marine Division responds to assistance calls throughout the year and works in conjunction with surrounding Marine Divisions and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Marine Division enforces all laws of the waterway including shellfish violations via arrests and warnings, both written and verbal. In addition, the Division posts on station and maintains all speed buoys in the Darien waters.
In cooperation with the Darien Department of Parks and Recreation, the Marine Division's permanent field office is located at Pear Tree Point Beach. This allows us to better serve the boating public and to address any concerns or questions that may arise in a more timely fashion. The Marine Division stresses boating safety and the extremely positive benefits of wearing life jackets; especially for children.
The Darien Police Marine Division can be reached for emergencies on VHF channel 16 or by contacting the Darien Police Dept. at (203) 662-5300. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments concerning maritime issues on our waterways. The Marine Division can be contacted by calling Officer Scott Macniven at (203) 662-5300, (ext.0189) or via the Internet at firstname.lastname@example.org