Water Police

Water Police is operated 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

  • Search and rescue
  • Flare sightings
  • Coast Radio Perth/Coast Radio Hedland
  • Marine Radio listening watch 24/7
  • Diving operations
  • Maritime investigations
  • Stolen vessel and motor enquiries

For marine emergencies call 131 444


The Western Australia Water Police was established in 1851 and is located in North Fremantle, Mandurah and Dampier and is responsible for policing WA's 13,000 kms of coastline.

Water Police comprises of; Boating Operations, Diving Operations, and Search and Rescue.

The Western Australia Police Force is the Hazard Management Authority for Sea Search and Rescue for WA. In the metropolitan area, Water Police is responsible for fulfilling this role and also providing co-ordination for more complex search and rescue operations in regional police districts.

Water Police also operates a Marine Watch program similar to Neighbourhood Watch.

WA Water Police work closely with and provides support to other government agencies such as the Department of Transport Marine Division, Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Australia, Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA), Department of Fisheries, the Department of Conservation and Land Management, the Swan River Trust, and the Australian Customs Service.


Water Police Branch
Harvest Road
North Fremantle
Tel: (08) 9442 8600

Marine Radio
HF - 6215, 4125, 8291 and 8176.
VHF- 16 and 67.