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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

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

The CGPD is made up of Active Duty, Civil Service Civilian, and Civilian Contract members, who serve together as CGPD personnel.[1]


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.[2][3] CGPD personnel attend formal law enforcement training through the United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May.[citation needed]

Select personnel may also attend advanced training.

Uniform and Equipment

"Sector New York" Coast Guard Police Department at the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon

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.[4][5]

CGPD personnel carry the following equipment, for law-enforcement duties:

Marked police vehicles are also used

See also


  1. ^ "Coast Guard Police Department". Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ Lally, Jonathan (18 May 2012). "Honoring those keeping us safe". Official Blog of the 17th Coast Guard District. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  4. ^ "U.S. Coast Guard Police Officers, Fort Wadsworth, New York City". 24 May 2017.
  5. ^ "U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May (Official)". Facebook.
  6. ^ Police Dept., US Coast Guard. "U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May". Retrieved 11 June 2023.