Maritime Law Enforcement
in the San Francisco Bay Area

The U.S. Coast Guard and the police services of the surrounding communities provide emergency rescue and law enforcement on the bay. All monitor Channel 16. If you need help on the water but are not in immediate peril, the government services will refer you to a commercial towing service.


California Department of Fish and Game

Phone: 888-334-2258   

Establishes and enforces fishing regulations.

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Marin Count Sheriff

Phone: (415) 332-5422   

Operates one patrol boat.

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Oakland Police Department

Phone: 510 777 3333   

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San Francisco Police Department

Phone: 415-553-8090   

This phone number for emergency only. For non-emergency calls, phone 415.553.0123. The SFPD has a small fleet of police boats. Marine unit phone 415.409.1010.

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Sausalito Police Department

Phone: 415 289-4100   

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U.S. Coast Guard

Phone: (800)246-7236   

If there is an imminent threat to life or property, don't hesitate to call the Coast Guard on Channel 16. But if you're just inconvenienced (for example, drifting …

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