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What will be the jurisdictional boundaries for the new Wrightsville Beach police boat?

Patricia Matson

Wrightsville Beach Police Chief John Carey says the territorial jurisdiction will go out from the Intracoastal Waterway to a mile offshore to the east, and from the north side of Masonboro Inlet to the south side of Mason’s Inlet.

Sgt. Chris Schwartz, who will be the primary officer for the boat, will also be sworn in as a New Hanover County deputy so he can give assistance beyond that territory, if needed.

As for what offenses the boat will have jurisdiction over, Carey says that will “include all state laws and regulatory boating issues,” but the main focus will be on regulating where boats can dock or anchor. It may also be used to help other departments, such as the sheriff’s office, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Coast Guard, with limited search and rescue operations.

The boat has been in limited use so far but should be fully operational by the summer of 2010.

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3 Responses to “ What will be the jurisdictional boundaries for the new Wrightsville Beach police boat?”

  1. On February 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm John spears wrote:

    Does anyone have info about WB police jurisdiction on land? I see them pull people over outside of wrightsville beach by boca bay and kefis all the time. I was wondering where the line ends for them to write citations. Any info on this would be great.

  2. On May 16, 2010 at 10:05 am DB wrote:

    isn’t it true that only coasties can board your boat on the spot without permission? can the WB boating officer do that? seems like WB police always push the envelope on policing “their” beach/water and get away with borderline harrassment at times. i want to now my rights as a captain.

  3. On July 30, 2010 at 2:16 am Jeepster wrote:

    All city police officers in NC have jurisdiction to enforce laws within one mile outside their city limits. So Wrightsville Beach Officers would be allowed to stop cars in the area of Boca Bay. More than likely, they are stopping a car for a violation that occurred in their city, but because of traffic, not being safe to stop a car on the bridge, and cars not immediately pulling over, they make it to Boca Bay quite often.

    DB I can’t help to answer your question becasue I don’t know specifics, but in most cases, officers are well withing their legal authority to do the things they do, its just the public doesn’t have a thorough knowledge of that authority, so they often times view it as harrassment.

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