Can the Coast Guard make arrests?

Can the Coast Guard make arrests?

"(a) On the high seas and waterways over which the United States has jurisdiction, the Coast Guard may conduct inquiries, examinations, inspections, searches, seizures, and arrests for the purpose of preventing, detecting, and suppressing infractions of United States laws."

Arrests can be made by federal agents or officers. Arrests made by federal officers are usually certified by a U.S. Magistrate Judge or Federal Court Clerk. All states have laws that apply to the conduct of officers with their consent. These generally include police officers, sheriff's deputies, and parole and probation officers. Officers from other federal agencies can make arrests under similar circumstances if they are acting within the scope of their authority. For example, an immigration officer from the Department of Homeland Security can make an arrest for a violation of immigration law. Civil rights violations also can be made under certain conditions. For example, an officer with the Coast Guard who believes someone is in danger because they are suicidal can take protective measures such as placing them in custody until a mental health professional can be contacted. Immigration officers can make these types of arrests too.

States also have laws that apply to the conduct of private individuals with respect to police officers. For example, a person cannot resist arrest if an officer is performing his or her official duties. A state public intoxication statute can apply if an officer believes a person is intoxicated to the point where they might cause harm to themselves or others.

What powers do coast guards have?

Among the duties that a coast guard agency may be assigned are:

  • Search and rescue,
  • Enforcement of maritime law,
  • Safety of vessels,
  • Maintenance of seamarks, and.
  • Border control.

Is the Coast Guard military or law enforcement?

Because the Coast Guard is both a federal law enforcement agency and a military organization, it is a loyal protector of the United States in both peace and conflict. The Coast Guard has three main roles: maritime security, search and rescue, and environmental protection.

Maritime security involves making sure that ships and other vessels are safe and complying with regulations. The Coast Guard conducts patrols at sea and along borders to prevent illegal activity including drug trafficking, human smuggling, and piracy. They also investigate accidents and enforce regulations.

Search and rescue missions include assisting people who have become lost at sea, finding missing aircraft, and rescuing victims of natural disasters. The Coast Guard responds to over 19,000 calls for help each year. They do so by forming search teams and sending out boats with medical crews on board to locate missing persons and vehicles. When there's an emergency on land, like during a hurricane, the Coast Guard can send in officers and equipment to help out.

Finally, the Coast Guard protects our environment by enforcing regulations against polluters and removing debris from our shores. They also combat marine wildlife crime such as poaching and illegal fishing practices.

In conclusion, the Coast Guard is a military branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that provides protection to our coasts and waterways.

Can the Coast Guard stop you in international waters?

The US Coast Guard has the ability under US law to stop, board, and search any US vessel (whether it is flying a phony foreign flag or not, which is unlawful, and you may be boarded by someone lot less nice than the USCG) anywhere in US seas, as well as any US vessel in international waters (i. e., at sea).

In addition, the Coast Guard has the authority to seize any illegal drugs found on board. If you are a drug dealer, this is your nightmare come true: the US Coast Guard can and will take you down.

However, because of political considerations, they generally don't go looking for trouble, so unless you have done something wrong (such as violating local laws), they will usually only intervene if a country's border is crossed. For example, if a boat with an unlicensed captain is seen in Canadian waters, the Coast Guard might try to contact the captain by radio but would not enter Canadian territory without permission (which could lead to a conflict).

Likewise, if a boat is suspected of smuggling drugs, the Coast Guard will often call in the police before entering into another country's territory.

Finally, if a vessel is in danger or requires assistance, the Coast Guard can act regardless of where it is located. For example, if a boat is sinking in international waters and doesn't have enough people to man the lifeboats, the Coast Guard would still be able to help.

About Article Author

Lois Bolden

Lois Bolden has been an international journalist for over 15 years. She has covered topics such as geopolitics, energy, environment and development as well as human rights. She is now living in the US where she focuses on covering immigration issues and other hot-topic issues that involve the US in foreign affairs.

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