Corpus Christi Police Start Marine Safety Patrol


Corpus Christi Police Officers Jon McGinley (left) and Josh Swain (right) now serve as Marine Safety Enforcement Officers in cooperation with Game Warden Jimmy Lindsey (center)


The Corpus Christi boaters will see an additional police presence this Labor Day Weekend.

Corpus Christi Police Officers Josh Swain and Jon McGinley have recently been trained and certified by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as Marine Safety Enforcement Officers. These Corpus Christi Police Officers now have the ability to enforce all safety laws from the Water Safety Act and will patrol the water ways in Corpus Christi.

The Marine Safety Enforcement Officers will address the loud noise complaints from boats, speeding and hazardous boat operations, hunting and fishing violations, and boating while intoxicated violations.

The training and the equipment for this effort has been in cooperation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Corpus Christi Gulf Beach Rescue at no additional cost to taxpayers. The officers work in cooperation with Game Wardens for the purpose to promote water safety in the Corpus Christi area.

Corpus Christi has miles of waterfront property that include the Corpus Christi Marina, North Beach, Corpus Christi Bay, the Canals of Tropic Isles in Flour Bluff, the Canals of Padre Isles on Padre Island, the Intracoastal Waterway, the recreational ski basin, and the Corpus Christi jurisdiction reaches 3 miles off shore in the Gulf Coast waters off Padre Island.

The new Corpus Christi Police Marine Safety Enforcement Officers check a fisherman for safety equipment at Packery Channel