Wilmington police eyes $84,000 grant for Marine Unit

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Wilmington Police Department's Marine Unit (Photo: WPD)

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — The Wilmington Police Department is applying for an $84,000 grant from the US Department of Homeland Security to purchase new items for its Marine Unit.

With an additional $21,000 in city matching funds, the WPD would buy “two replacement boat engines” and a “John boat with motor and trailer” if the grant is approved, according to city documents.

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“The replacement engines are for our 2011 safeboat,” said Marine Unit Captain Thomas Tilmon, explaining that the current engines are almost 10 years old. “We also requested a smaller vessel since the current 27-foot safeboat can’t get beneath the trestle bridge on Cornelius Harnett Drive.”

The Marine Unit assists a suite of other agencies in maritime matters.

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