Cincinnati Police will be moving their patrols from the streets to the water this summer.
The police will be chasing crooks up and down the river thanks to two separate grants, one from homeland security, to purchase a boat for 141 thousand dollars.
"Really it came down to economics. Do we want to put police department resources into the river? Or do we want to put them into our neighborhood," asked Sergeant Bill Halusek of the Cincinnati Police Department. "I think we've always put them into neighborhoods. This opportunity became available at virtually no cost to the police department and took advantage of it."
Officials say the vessel will start patrolling the river Memorial Day weekend looking for criminals and drunk boaters.
After that it will be out on the water about three days a week.