The Beach Patrol isn’t just a lifeguard service, but an overall safety net with many different pieces all working together.

The mission of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol is to provide professional lifeguard service to the city of Galveston’s beaches through the direct prevention of, and response to, aquatic accidents and through public education.

Peter Davis is chief of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol. The views in this column are Davis’ and do not necessarily represent those of the Beach Patrol, Galveston Park Board of Trustees or any other entity.

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