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Office of Law Enforcement (CG-MLE)

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.
Drug Interdiction
Living Marine Resource
Alien Migrant Interdiction
Drug Interdiction Division website 
Drug Smugglers interdicted by the Coast Guard Coast Guard Personnel inspect commercial fishing gear. A Coast Guard cutter interdicts a group of 380 migrants.


DHS, Coast Guard, USCG Deputy Commandant of Operations, USCG Reponse Emblems


Office of Law Enforcement Links
Cuban Travel Regulation
Law Enforcement Academy
Boating Safety
Department of Homeland Security Homepage
CAPT Phil Welzant Bio:  English 


Contact the Office of Law Enforcement Policy (CG-MLE):

Office of Law Enforcement Policy (CG-MLE)

U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Stop 7516

2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE

Washington, DC 20593-7516

Ph: 202-372-2183

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Last Modified 6/12/2013