SARASOTA - The Sarasota Police Department conducted safety boat inspections helping Suncoast residents prepare for Memorial Day weekend. 

The Police Department along with United States Coast Guard Flotilla 84 and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission provided the inspections. All boating operators are required by state law to carry safety boating equipment and the inspections are being done in time before safety boating week kicks off next week. 

"We request to do a voluntary inspection of their vessel looking for the safety equipment required whether that would be a personal flotation device, cell-making devices, flares, registrations, making sure the decal and the spacing are correct and so forth," Sarasota Police Officer Matt Skinner said.