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Coast Guard Investigative Service

Headquarters Offices and Senior Staff

The Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS)  headquarters office is located at USCG HQ in Washington DC. The location of the CGIS Polygraph Unit is at Ballston Commons Mall in Arlington, VA. Also part of the headquarters staff is the Electronic Crimes Section, located at the Telecommunications and Systems Command (TISCOM) in Alexandra, VA and the CGIS Training Detachment located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA.

Mr. Michael Berkow
Director, Coast Guard Investigative Service

Mr. Berkow joined the Coast Guard Investigative Service in October, 2012.  With more than 30 years in law enforcement, Mr. Berkow is an experienced police executive with extensive knowledge of both the domestic and international arenas. He is a published author and guest lecturer on a variety of topics including; community-oriented policing, integrity, and the operation of internal misconduct systems. 

In October of 2009, Mr. Berkow became President of Altegrity Security Consulting, a business unit of Altegrity that provides innovative solutions for public safety, private sector, and government agencies in the United States and around the world.  In October of 2011, the company merged with Kroll Security Group, and Berkow became president of the new Kroll unit that focuses on operational, technical, management and training solutions for security and public safety.

An acknowledged expert on police investigations, discipline, and management, Mr. Berkow possesses vast experience in global policing and security solutions, having served in high-level positions in both the U.S. and international law enforcement communities.  Through multiple assignments, he has been instrumental in efforts to advance the principles of rule of law in Somalia, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Tanzania, Uganda, and Yemen.  In 2006, he was a member of the Expert Group for the Implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.  As President of ASC, Mr. Berkow is heavily involved in significant police re-engineering and training efforts in the US, South American, the Middle East and the Caribbean. 

Prior to Altegrity Security Consulting, Mr. Berkow commanded the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department in Savannah, Georgia.  He accepted the position in November of 2006 with the goal of reducing crime and creating a world-class police agency in the merged city/county department.

Prior to his move to the south, Mr. Berkow served as a Deputy Chief in charge of the Professional Standards Bureau and Chief of Staff with the Los Angeles Police Department.  He joined LAPD in 2003 as the first outsider appointed to a sworn staff officer position and was responsible for all anti-corruption, misconduct, and use of force investigations.  Mr. Berkow was also heavily involved in counter terrorism strategies, leadership training and development. 

Mr. Berkow also worked with the London Metropolitan Police Service following the July 7, 2005 bombings in London and was further retained to examine leadership training and operations within the department. 

Before joining LAPD, Mr. Berkow led departments in Coachella, South Pasadena and Irvine, California.  In each city, he employed a geographic model of policing to reduce crime and increase accountability within the departments.

Mr. Berkow
began his career with the Rochester Police Department in New York, where he served in a variety of assignments ranging from patrol and narcotic investigation to the chief’s staff.   He also served as the co-commander of a joint police-FBI investigative taskforce. 

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eft the RPD to serve with the United States Department of Justice as an International Police Assistance Project Manager.  He served as Director of the effort to rebuild the Somalia National Police Force and was the first director for the Haitian National Police Project, an effort to create the first civilian police force in Haiti’s history.  He served as the police liaison for President Jimmy Carter’s election monitoring mission to Jamaica in 1997 and 2002; provided anti-corruption training for police forces in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania; and provided civil disorder management training to the Tanzanian and Yemeni Police.  Mr. Berkow was also responsible for police training and assistance in South and Central America.   In addition, Mr. Berkow has served as a member of the board of directors for the Police Executive Research Forum and was the 1999 recipient of a prestigious Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship to study the conflict in Northern Ireland.  

Mr. Berkow holds a B.A. in sociology from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, a J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law and a Masters from Johns Hopkins University.  Mr. Berkow is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI National Legal Institute.   

Mr. John Buchanan
Deputy Director, Coast Guard Investigative Service

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Last Modified 1/12/2016