|Patrolling Hospital Bay
(Photo by Peter C. Mourmouras)
In 1999, in response to an increase in the boating population, the Cities of Biddeford and Saco joined forces to provide enforcement action on the tidal waters of the Saco River. Both cities have assigned one permanent police officer to the program, and utilize other trained officers to provide fulltime patrol on the waterways.
In conjunction with the Maine Marine Patrol and the United States Coast Guard, the members of the Biddeford & Saco Harbor Patrol enforce marine laws within the Saco River, Saco Bay and the Biddeford Pool area. Our mission includes ensuring the safety of all boaters, the protection of coastal property and the enforcement of marine laws. In addition to this, we also respond to rescue calls, vessels in distress, illegal fishing complaints, endangered or injured wildlife and we work closely with our local Code Enforcement Offices to ensure compliance with shoreland zoning laws and to monitor coastal conservation.