The Harbor Patrol is a specialized unit dedicated to water safety and the protection and preservation of life and property on the waters within the City of Seattle. Using the latest technology in water emergency, dive response, and fire suppression equipment, the seven Harbor Patrol boats cover 200 miles of City shoreline, 147 miles of freshwater and 53 miles of saltwater.
What harbor patrol does
The Seattle Police Harbor Patrol is the only marine unit with 24-hour operations in the Pacific Northwest, and responds to more than 6,000 calls annually.
Contacting Harbor patrol
In times of distress, contact the Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol by calling 9-1-1, or
VHF channel 16.
For regular service and general inquires, contact the Harbor Patrol directly at 206-684-4071.
United States Coast Guard: 206-217-6001
United States Coast Guard Spill Line: 206-217-6230
Mercer Island Police:206-275-7953
King County Police: 206-296-3311
- Provides marine law enforcement, rescue and assistance,
- Investigates water-related accidents,
- Manages and performs surface and dive search and rescue,
- Ensures boater safety by removing debris and water hazards,
- Performs Boat Safety Inspections,
- Provides marine fire response and suppression,
- Manages marine special events including:
- Opening Day of Boating Season,
- 4th of July celebration on Lake Union,
- Hydro races during Seafair,
- Other traditional Northwest regatta and racing events.
- Provides US Navy exclusion zone protection and enforcement,
- Participates in Homeland Security activities,
- Provides service for: disabled boats, boating accidents and tows.