NYPD Harbor Unit Chooses DuraBrite to "Dazzle" its Fleet

Tactical Lighting Solution

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is the largest and one of the oldest municipal police departments in the United States, employing over 36,000 officers and patrolling 77 precincts. The NYPD Harbor Unit, part of the force’s Special Operations Bureau and consisting of almost 100 vessels, tasked DuraBrite with outfitting its entire fleet using the Mini Series.

The fleet is responsible for patrolling the busy waters of New Yorks City's five Boroughs. Each boat is subjected to heavy use and harsh conditions while patrolling in and and around the entire NYC harbor area. With an aging fleet and insufficient lighting that was originally provided on each craft, the Harbor Unit turned to DuraBrite to provide the most robust and high tech solution while delivering superior reliability.

Enabling operations including rescue, counterterrorism, and SCUBA recovery efforts, the Mini Series spot and flood lights meet the highest equipment standards to ensure the security of the city and the safety of its citizens. Each vessel was outfitted with DuraBrite Mini Series LED flood lights to provide safety for the officers operating the boat as well as aid in search and rescue operations.

The Product Solution

Harbor Unit  members take multiple roles within the Port of New York. Traditional search and rescue duties include incidents of swimmers in distress, disabled boaters, and bridge jumpers. The Harbor Unit also engages in proactive initiatives like daily ferry escorts, waterside facility patrols, and dives by the NYPD SCUBA Team at critical infrastructure locations, such as bridges and sea walls. The NYPD Scuba Team uniquely benefits from the upgrade with better light penetration into the murky waters of the Hudson river that flows along the Manhattan Skyline.

Because of the importance of its mission, the team’s vessels must be equipped with the most powerful illumination tools on the market. DuraBrite’s Mini Series delivers optimal optical output, ruggedness, durability, and power. Its innovative engineering harnesses the latest in lighting technology to illuminate tight spaces on the water, and its long-lasting portable battery packs allow the unit to perform under tough time constraints and for extended periods. 

The Mini Series provided excellent light coverage in the water that aided time and again in rescue efforts to pull people from the water. The solution also helped officers avoid dangerous objects that radar cannot pick up.

Custom Feature Development

To provide an added layer of protection for crew, the lights were customized with the added option to switch from search lights to "Dazzler Strobes" to both protect the officers and deter any individuals approaching with bad intentions. This powerful strobe feature rapidly pulses each light and creates a very uncomfortable situation for anyone from boat thieves to active shooters. Interested in learning what DuraBrite can do to outfit your fleet?

Mini Series Product Specs

  • 16,670 Lumens
  • Beam Angle 76 Degree for Flood
  • Beam Angle 20 Degree for Spot
  • 100W at 12V, 144W at 24V
  • 5000K Cool White Optics
  • Patented Optical Circuit
  • Stainless Steel Bracket Included
  • IP68 Certified & Tested
  • Dimensions: 12.9” x 8.3” x 3.1”
  • Black or White Exterior
  • Designed & Assembled in the U.S.A.

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