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MLE Academy LogoThis course is for personnel on a maritime law enforcement boarding team and is designed to provide a basic foundation in applicable legal concepts, practical experience in fundamental and advanced boarding procedures, techniques stressing teamwork and officer safety. The course utilizes practical exercises involving administrative inspections, search, seizure, arrest, use of force, crime scene processing, and communications. Training begins in the classroom, and includes hands-on scenarios in mat rooms and vessel platforms. After establishing a strong foundation, students apply their knowledge and understanding of the law during dynamic mock boarding’s with experienced role players in a variety of scenarios. Students will be expected to conduct boardings in a legal manner, determine whether a violation of federal law has occurred and, if so, take the appropriate enforcement action. The Use of Force training includes the USCG’s use of force continuum, deadly force, defensive tactics, handcuffing, oleoresin capsicum (OC) pepper spray, expandable baton, searches of persons, and tactical procedures. Students will be required to receive a full-faced exposure to OC pepper spray. Outside of class, students will take trips to visit local and neighboring historic sites and cultural events to enhance their understanding of U.S. customs.


20 training days over four weeks.


  • Authority and Jurisdiction
  • Use of Force
  • Tactical Procedures
  • Constitutional Law
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Arrest Procedures
  • Marititme Law Enforcement Boarding Procedures
  • PWCS Boarding Procedrues and ISPS
  • Confined Spaces
  • Introduction of Radation Detection

Prerequisites for Attendance


Successfully complete the English Language Examination with a qualifying score of 75% if required.

Note Failure to meet the above prerequisite may result in disenrollment from the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy.


All waivers must be approved by Distance Language Institute or the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy.

How to Apply

Embassy SCO’s shall contact their respective Country Program Manager at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC to schedule student
Last Modified 1/12/2016