Formerly the Office of Law Enforcement (CG-531)
The United States Coast Guard is the nation's leading maritime law enforcement agency and has broad, multi-faceted jurisdictional authority. The specific statutory authority for the Coast Guard Law Enforcement mission is given in 14 USC 2, "The Coast Guard shall enforce or assist in the enforcement of all applicable laws on, under and over the high seas and waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States." In addition, 14 USC 89 provides the authority for U.S. Coast Guard active duty commissioned, warrant and petty officers to enforce applicable U.S. law. It authorizes Coast Guard personnel to enforce federal law on waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction and in international waters, as well as on all vessels subject to U.S. jurisdiction (including U.S., foreign and stateless vessels).
The following pictures depict three areas of Coast Guard Law Enforcement. Click on a picture to be taken to that area's home page.
Living Marine Resource
Alien Migrant Interdiction
|Drug Smugglers interdicted by the Coast Guard||Coast Guard Personnel inspect commercial fishing gear.||A Coast Guard cutter interdicts a group of 380 migrants.|
|Office of Law Enforcement Links|
|Cuban Travel Regulation|
|Law Enforcement Academy|
|CAPT Doug Fears Bio: English Spanish|
Office of Law Enforcement Policy (CG-MLE)
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
2100 Second Street, SW
Washington, DC 20593