Oslo police have a powerful new means of catching criminals and speedsters at sea: A new patrol boat that can go from zero to 40 knots when they need to chase someone down.
The new vessel, christened this spring, replaces an earlier patrol boat by the same name, Vekteren (The Watchman). It cost NOK 15 million (USD 2.5 million), and was a major breakthrough for the police. “We hadn’t christened a new patrol boat for 30 years,” Roar Isaksen, chief of the harbour police, told newspaper Aftenposten.
The fast new patrol boat is meant “to keep folks safe at sea” and be available for other police districts along the Oslo Fjord. “We cooperate with police districts from Østfold to Telemark,” Police Chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold said. The vessel has special equipment on board and will be on patrol regularly during the busy summer boating season.