Local law enforcement undergo water training in Galveston

GALVESTON, Texas - From drugs to human smuggling, it all happens out on the water.

Local law enforcement agencies just finished up training this past week in Galveston. KHOU 11 News got a first hand look at what it takes to keep all of us safe.

It's not for the faint of heart, it's high speed and action packed.

"We like to call it top gun of boat operations," said Brad Williams, an instructor with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

Local law enforcement is learning to chase down the bad guys on the water.

"We're looking for weapons, we're looking for additional people we might not know are aboard," said Williams. "We found after September 11th that we can't do the job, any of us, we can't do the job alone."

For the first time, NASBLA instructors are in the waters off Galveston training local law enforcement on everything from high speed chases to protecting high value targets.

"This opens up your eyes to what these boats are capable of doing," said Sgt. Louis Trochesset, with the Galveston County Sheriff's Office.

Galveston County sees it's fair share of action.

"We have some vessels that might be smuggling in some dope from offshore, we have some human trafficking," said Trochesset.

Now, more than ever they want more of their deputies, especially heading into the busy summer season to be ready.

"They get so used to the daily routine, driving the neighborhoods, driving around conducting traffic stops, but it's those times you get into a pursuit they need to know how to handle their vehicle," said Trochesset.

Or in this case their boat. So, deputies can catch illegal activity on the water, before it ever makes it to shore and into Houston.

"It could happen today, it could happen tomorrow, hopefully it will never happen but we will always be prepared," said Trochesset.

It's a week long class, funded by a grant. The goal is to synchronize training across the nation, so more law enforcement agencies can work together on the water.

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