The Response Department focuses on command and control activities associated with security enforcement and works directly with state, federal, and local agencies to enforce maritime law within Sector Miami's Area of Responsibility (AOR). Common Law Enforcement operations in Sector Miami's AOR include counter-drug (CD) and alien migrant interdiction (AMIO). It also performs Homeland Security patrols and enforces regulations as outlined by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. This ensures safe transit of cruise ships, commercial ships, and recreational vessels in what is considered to be the cruise ship capital of the world In addition, the Department coordinates with other DHS agencies, and with other federal, state and local partners as may be required to jointly respond and mitigate the effects of maritime threats and vulnerabilities.
The Response Department is responds to Search and Rescue (SAR) incidents as the lead agency for maritime activity. Working closely with Air Station Miami, Sector Miami Response units engage in search and rescue operations every day in one of the busiest recreational boating regions in the world.
The Response Department is responsible for the operations and oversight of four multi-mission stations and eight patrol boats. Additionally, it coordinates with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and other maritime stakeholders to ensure the continuity of safety, security and environmental protection response operations.