Port of San Francisco Homeland Security grants to go toward $1.1M boat, netting system 

The Port of San Francisco is ranked among the highest risk ports in the nation, as it’s located at the mouth of the Golden Gate Bridge landmark. The designation helps The City obtain federal homeland security funding for equipment to better protect the waters. The most recent spending includes $1.16 million for a 44-foot, twin engine catamaran.

“This is going to be a huge asset for the department,” San Francisco Police Department Capt. Rick Perry said Thursday. “It’s a much more stable platform than our monohull boats we operate. It’s designed for any chemical biological response. It can be doubled as a command post platform.”

And if public safety officials need to stop a speeding boat, they will now be armed with a $20,370 Running Gear Entanglement System. “There is no real good way to stop a boat that is suspected maybe of high-terrorist or high-risk threat. So this is a netting or a webbing system that can be propelled and aide us in an effort to stop a boat,” Perry said.

Other spending includes $25,000 for surveillance cameras and $110,000 for four new motor engines for the patrol response boats.

The equipment upgrades also come as The City is preparing for the 2013 America’s Cup. “All these resource will help us respond and make it a safe event,” Perry said.

The homeland security grant spending was approved Thursday by the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee. The full board is expected to vote Tuesday on the spending.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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