United States Coast Guard Police

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A Coast Guard Police officer at Coast Guard Activities New York on Staten Island

The United States Coast Guard Police (CGPD) are law enforcement units stationed at certain shore facilities of the United States Coast Guard. Coast Guardsmen assigned to a CGPD receive either on-the-job training through their unit and may attend formal training through an approved police academy. CGPD officers may also attend advanced training for DUI, RADAR/LIDAR certification, active shooter situations, and other specialized skills that may be required. Officers wear a modified Operational Dress Uniform (ODU) with CGPD patches and collar devices in lieu of their rank. CGPD officers carry the same standard firearms as other Coast Guard units, including the Sig Sauer P229 DAK pistol, M-16, and shotguns. CGPDs utilize various patrol vehicles including bicycles, cars/SUVs, and ATVs. Officer responsibilities include physical security, answering calls for service, investigating minor crimes, traffic control, and the prevention, detection, and suppression of criminal activity aboard Coast Guard facilities. Coast Guard Police Departments are present at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Training Center Cape May, Training Center Petaluma, Base Support Unit Kodiak, USCG Sector New York, and the United States Coast Guard Yard, Baltimore.


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Coast Guard police debriefs on operations for the 2014 TCS New York Marathon


CGPDs are overseen by a Command Security Officer, who is responsible for physical security aboard shoreside facilities. The position of Chief of Police is usually held by a Chief Warrant Officer (W-2) or Chief Petty Officer (E-7), who oversees the day-to-day activities of a CGPD. A Petty Officer First Class (E-6) usually holds the position of Deputy Chief of Police. Shift supervisors are usually assigned by seniority. Police officers usually consist of Coast Guardsmen with the rank of E-3 to E-7.

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