- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s Marine Patrol Bureau is spending $1.34 million to purchase land for a new headquarters in Gilford to replace the deteriorating existing facility.

Executive councilors on Tuesday approved the Department of Safety’s request to purchase land near the current headquarters. Earl Sweeney, assistant safety commissioner, says the existing marine patrol building is sinking into the ground. The new building will house the marine patrol captain and staff, training rooms for boating safety courses and features of a typical police station for any marine-related crime incidents, among other things.

Marine patrol presides over the state’s public bodies of water, including by enforcing state boating laws and all criminal laws, investigating boating accidents or drownings and inspecting commercial vessels.

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