NYPD To Get New High Speed Counter-Terror Boat

By Jonathan Dienst
|  Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011  |  Updated 8:45 PM EDT
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NYPD To Get New High Speed Counter-Terror Boat

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The NYPD is about to get a second powerful, high tech speed boat to help handle security in New York harbor. 

The boat, similar to one already in use by the Coast Guard, will be 72 feet long and run by jet propulsion. 

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the boat is designed to help speed as many as 30 heavily armed NYPD officers to any crisis.

The boat will be used to help secure ferries and landmarks like Liberty Island and Ellis Island.  The boat is also equipped with secure compartments so officers can respond to a chemical or  biological attack, Kelly said.

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