The Western Australia Water Police was founded in 1851 at its original base in the Port of Fremantle. The founding of the unit was prompted by the escape of a group of convicts who had been part of a working party in the Swan River in North Fremantle, and had overpowered their guard and made off to sea in their small wooden boat. The boat managed to cover some 700km of ocean to Shark Bay before being apprehended. This desperate act prompted the establishment of the unit, now based close to the site of the original incident at Rocky Bay in North Fremantle.
Currently Water Police operate from two bases, Harvest Road in North Fremantle, and Breakwater Parade in Mandurah.
Water Police is operated 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and provides the following services:
- Marine Search and Rescue
- A dive capability supporting Police operations
- General Police on-water law enforcement
For marine emergencies call 000 – for general assistance call 131 444
What We Do
The Western Australia Water Police operate from facilities in North Fremantle and Mandurah. The Commissioner of Police is the Hazard Management Authority for Sea Search and Rescue (SAR) in Western Australia.
Water Police provide oversight and support for all marine SAR operations on WA.
WA Water Police work closely with and provides support to other government and non-government agencies including Department of Transport Marine Safety, Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Canberra, Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Marine Rescue Western Australia, Australian Border Force, and other agencies involved in maritime safety, coastal operations and law enforcement.
Water Police (Fremantle)
100 Harvest Road
Tel: (08) 9442 8600
Peel Water Police (Mandurah)
107 Breakwater Parade
Tel: (08) 9583 9200
VHF- 16 and 67.