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John Urquhart

Notice of joint maritime law enforcement training exercise


A joint law enforcement training exercise will take place on Tuesday, June 16th in the vicinity of the Des Moines marina. Our helicopter, marine vessels, as well as our SWAT team will be hosting this event. Agencies participating include Seattle PD, the US Coast Guard, Customs and Boarder protection, Bainbridge Island PD, and King County Medic One.


Helicopters and boats will be involved off Des Moines pier


Des Moines: On Tuesday June 16th the King County Sheriff’s Office TAC 30 team (our department’s tactical unit) will be hosting a multi-agency maritime operations exercise in the area of the Des Moines waterfront. Citizens may see our helicopter flying from the Alki Point area south to Dumas Bay. Hours of the exercise will be from approximately 8am until 5pm.


The main landing zone for the helicopter will be the Des Moines Marina. Agencies participating in the exercise include the Seattle Police, Bainbridge Island Police, the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, and King County Medic One.


There will be numerous law enforcement boats involved in the exercise, along with one boat from the King County Water Taxi. During the exercise there will be no public access to the pier.