Coast Guard emphasizes America’s Waterway Watch program

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard is scheduled to unveil the America’s Waterway Watch program banner alongside building seven located at Pier 36 here Tuesday morning, along with a press conference at the Joint Harbor Operation Center at 9:30 a.m. to announce the program’s purpose.

America’s Waterway Watch program is akin to a neighborhood watch program, but for Puget Sound waterways, and offers a hotline to report unusual or suspicious behavior.

Coast Guard Sector Seattle, in partnership with the Seattle Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle, Washington State Patrol, the Washington State Ferry System and other law enforcement agencies around Puget Sound, are asking the public to take an active role in safeguarding our ports by watching for illegal or suspicious activity on or near the water by taking part in the America’s Waterway Watch program.

Once a report is received, local or federal law enforcement agencies respond and investigate as appropriate. The program acknowledges that no one understands what is unusual or suspicious in America’s waterways better than those that work in the maritime industries, ride the ferries, and regularly enjoy the recreational opportunities in and around Puget Sound.

The 60-foot by 20-foot banner will be used to advertise and encourage participation in the program.

For more information about the America’s Waterway Watch Program go to http://www.americaswaterwaywatch.org/

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