Coast Guard, Oak Bluffs police sign local agreement to enhance maritime safety and security

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (D1 Public Affairs) – The Coast Guard and local law enforcement signed an agreement Monday to improve safety and security in and around Oak Bluffs Harbor.

The agreement, signed by Capt. Raymond J. Perry, the captain of the port for southeastern New England, and Erik G. Blake, Town of Oak Bluffs chief of police, provides the Oak Bluffs Police Department federal authority to enforce Coast Guard safety and security zones.

“The Coast Guard is fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such capable and knowledgeable local experts in the interest of public safety,” said Perry.

In the past, when local law enforcement agencies suspected someone of entering a safety or security zone, they were required to contact the Coast Guard before taking action. With this agreement, Oak Bluffs authorities are allowed to enforce these zones immediately on behalf of the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard and Oak Bluffs law enforcement officers often collaborate on a range of maritime missions, including security for maritime events. Monday’s signing allows for more effective use of enforcement resources when the two agencies work together. The federal authority will be granted when the Oak Bluffs officers are participating in distinct Coast Guard operations that are approved by the sector commander.

The agreement went into effect immediately.

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