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07/09/2011

Water Police Squad established

The Water Police Squad, run by the Shiga Prefectural Police Headquarters, was established on July 1 to secure the safety of Lake Biwa. The Squad not only will be engaged in life-saving and the regulation of  illegal boats on the Japan's largest lake, but also will be engaged in the disaster-prevention activities using the lake.

The Squad consists of 12 police officers led by Captain Takao Shimizu, which makes it possible to integrate chains of command using guardships, patrol cars, and helicopters. In the past, the organization was formed only during summer, and those ships, cars, and helicopters were stationed at different places.

"We will direct all our energies to conduct life-saving, and to prevent crimes and accidents from occurring," says Shimizu, also underscoring the importance of disaster-prevention measures at the inaugural meeting.

(Chunichi Shimbun, July 2, 2011)

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