The Park Board Police Department augments the operations of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol and fits under the GIBP umbrella.

The purpose is to expand the capability of GIBP’s primary mission of lifesaving and support lifeguard operations by focusing on beach and water-related enforcement issues that the Galveston Police Department (GPD) may not have the time, manpower, or specialized ability to address. The Galveston Park Board Police Department is in no way intended to replace any of the duties of the GPD, but instead is meant to augment and support the GPD, particularly in their beach and marine duties.

The Park Board Police Department Officers are also surf lifeguards and medics who have specialized training as Marine Safety Enforcement Officers, Tourism Ambassadors, Swift Water Response Technicians, personal watercraft (PWC) rescue operations, and SCUBA. Duties also include supporting beach tourism, assisting in the protection of the natural environment, and supporting the lifeguards.

Our goal is to provide a safe and friendly environment for tourists and locals that visit our beaches. At the end of the day, it’s all about supporting Galveston by enhancing the tourist experience!

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