United States Coast Guard Police


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United States Coast Guard Police
Flag of the U.S. Coast Guard
Flag of the U.S. Coast Guard
Motto"Service, Integrity, Justice!"
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agencyUnited States
Operations jurisdictionUnited States
General nature
Operational structure
Parent agencyUnited States Coast Guard
A Coast Guard Police officer at Coast Guard Activities New York on Staten Island

The United States Coast Guard Police (CGPD) are law enforcement units stationed at certain shore facilities of the United States Coast Guard.

Function & Personnel

CGPD is made up of USCG active duty personnel. Coast Guardsmen assigned to a CGPD receive either on-the-job training through their unit or may attend formal training through an approved police academy.

CGPD Coast Guardsmen may also attend advanced training for DUI, RADAR/LIDAR certification, active shooter situations, and other specialized skills that may be required.


Standard USCG Operational Dress Uniform

Officers wear a modified Operational Dress Uniform (ODU) with "CGPD" collar devices in lieu of their rank. There is a CGPD shoulder patch worn on both shoulders, a CGPD badge/shield worn on the left breast and the CGPD patch repeated on the blue baseball cap. Sometimes, equipment vests with "USCG" or "USCG POLICE" are worn over the top.[1][2]

Firearms and Equipment

CGPD officers carry the same standard firearms as other Coast Guard units, including the Sig Sauer P229 DAK pistol, M-16, and shotguns. CGPDs utilize various patrol vehicles including bicycles, cars/SUVs, and ATVs.

Duties of CGPD officers

Officer responsibilities include:

  • physical security,
  • answering calls for service,
  • investigating minor crimes,
  • traffic control and
  • the prevention, detection, and suppression of criminal activity aboard Coast Guard facilities.

Locations of CGPD units

Coast Guard Police Departments are present at the following locations:


Coast Guard police debriefs on operations for the 2014 TCS New York Marathon

CGPDs are overseen by a Command Security Officer, who is responsible for physical security aboard shoreside facilities.

The position of Chief of Police is usually held by a Chief Warrant Officer (W-2) or Chief Petty Officer (E-7), who oversees the day-to-day activities of a CGPD.

A Petty Officer First Class (E-6) usually holds the position of Deputy Chief of Police. Shift supervisors are usually assigned by seniority.

Police officers usually consist of Coast Guardsmen with the rank of E-3 to E-7.[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ "U.S. Coast Guard Police Officers, Fort Wadsworth, New York City". 24 May 2017.
  2. ^ "U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May (Official)".
  3. ^ "COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION 5512.2 Subj: COAST GUARD CREDENTIALS AND BADGES" (PDF). Website of the United States Coast Guard. United States Coast Guard. 9 November 2006. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  4. ^ Lally, Jonathan (18 May 2012). "Honoring those keeping us safe". Official Blog of the 17th Coast Guard District. Retrieved 7 July 2013.

External links

  • CGPD Training Center Petaluma
  • CGPD Training Center Cape May
  • CGPD Base Support Kodiak
  • CGPD USCG Yard, Baltimore