LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—The La Crosse Police Department hopes to add a boat to their fleet.
The Department of Homeland Security gave the police a $79,000 grant to buy a boat, equipment and help put officers on the water, pending council's approval.
Other agencies like the Sheriff's Department and DNR already have boats patrolling the water, but they cover much more than the City of La Crosse; the police say serving a river city, it's important they too have a boat to enhance coverage on the water.
"Our jurisdiction doesn't end at the end of the street," Assistant Chief Robert Abraham said. "We have a lot of waters that are in the City of La Crosse so having our officers have a presence out there for public safety services is important."
Common Council will take up the issue of the Police Department's grant for boat patrol on Thursday.
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