Kent Police have purchased a lifeboat from the RNLI for use as a patrol boat.

Kent Police have purchased a lifeboat from the RNLI for use as a patrol boat. They have acquired the prototype for the 16m Tamar class lifeboat, which was built at a cost of around £2 million.

Several unsuccessful bids had earlier been made to buy a surplus Arun class boat, but Kent Police Authority says the Tamar prototype is considerably faster and will enhance the force’s marine capability. The boat, which has yet to be named, will be based at Dover to meet the immediate protective service operational policing requirement.