United States Coast Guard Police
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|United States Coast Guard Police|
|Motto||"Service, Integrity, Justice!"|
|Federal agency||United States|
|Operations jurisdiction||United States|
|Parent agency||United States Coast Guard|
The United States Coast Guard Police (CGPD) are law enforcement units stationed at certain shore facilities of the United States Coast Guard.
Function & Personnel
CGPD is made up of USCG active duty personnel. Coast Guardsmen assigned to a CGPD receive either on-the-job training through their unit or 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" collar devices in lieu of their rank. There is a CGPD shoulder patch worn on both shoulders, a CGPD badge/shield worn on the left breast and the CGPD patch repeated on the blue baseball cap. Sometimes, equipment vests with "USCG" or "USCG POLICE" are worn over the top.
Firearms and Equipment
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.
Duties of CGPD officers
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.
Locations of CGPD units
Coast Guard Police Departments are present at the following locations:
- 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.
CGPDs are overseen by a Command Security Officer, who is responsible for physical security aboard shoreside facilities.
A Petty Officer First Class (E-6) usually holds the position of Deputy Chief of Police. Shift supervisors are usually assigned by seniority.
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