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14 USC 522

The Coast Guard may make inquiries, examinations, inspections, searches, seizures, and arrests upon the high seas and waters over which the United States has jurisdiction, for the prevention, detection, and suppression of violations of laws of the United States. For such purposes, commissioned, warrant, and petty officers may at any time go on board of any vessel subject to the jurisdiction, or to the operation of any law, of the United States, address inquiries to those on board, examine the ship’s documents and papers, and examine, inspect, and search the vessel and use all necessary force to compel compliance.

b. The officers of the Coast Guard insofar as they are engaged, pursuant to the authority contained in this section, in enforcing any law of the United States shall:

(1) Be deemed to be acting as agents of the particular executive department or independent establishment charged with the administration of the particular law; and

(2) Be subject to all the rules and regulations promulgated by such department or independent establishment with respect to the enforcement of that law. The provisions of this section are in addition to an powers conferred by law upon such officers, and not in limitation of any powers conferred by law upon C.

such officers, or any other officers of the United States.


14 USC 102

The coast guard shall enforce or assist in the enforcement of all applicable federal laws on, under and over the high seas and waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States


Explain the limitations of a consensual boarding

Limited to the scope of the masters consent.


Explain the limitations of an SNO

Limited to the subject matter of the SNO. (I.e. may not search private spaces.)


Explain when it's authorized to draw your PDW.

When the need for deadly force MAY exist.


What is the Special Maritime Territorial Jurisdiction (SMTJ)?

Any place outside the jurisdiction of any nation. Explained in 18 USC 7, and applies to:
HUGFLT...The High Seas, US Vessels in foreign waters, Un Enclosed portion of The Great Lakes, Federal Reservations, Lands or Waters not within or between any of the 50 States, and Territorial Seas.


What is the Jurisdictional Triangle?

/ \
Substantive law / \Vessel flag/ status


The Use Of Force (Non Lethal) is authorized when?

1) Personal Self Protection
2) To Compel Compliance with an order the CG has the Authority to Issue
3) To prevent a federal Crime and when Authorized to act on their behalf, to prevent a serious State or Foreign Crime.
4) To prevent an escape or effect an arrest when there is probable cause to believe a federal crime has been committed.
5) To prevent the theft of, intentional damage to, or destruction of property or information the CG has the Authority to protect


What is the Commandants Use Of Force policy?

Only that force reasonably necessary under the circumstances may be used. Force shall not
be used where assigned duties can be discharged without it. Excessive force may never be used; however, nothing in the application of the Coast Guard Use of Force Policy shall be construed as to require personnel to meet force with equal or lesser force.


What are the Levels Of Force?

1) Officer Presence
2) Verbal Commands
3) Control techniques
4) Aggressive Response
5) Intermediate Weapon
6) Deadly Force


What is level 1?

An officers appearance and demeanor, both verbal and non verbal that creates an atmosphere of compliance.


What is level 2?

Verbal commands: a task direction aimed at the subject with a consequence.


What is level 3?

Control techniques: techniques or actions that have a low probability of causing connective tissue damage,lacerations to the skin, or broken bones.


What's level 4?

Aggressive response techniques: techniques or actions with a probability (check MLEM) of causing connective tissue damage, lacerations to the skin or broken bones. Or may cause irritation to the skin, eyes, or mucous membrain.


What is level 5?

Intermediate weapons: techniques or actions with a high probability of causing lacerations to the skin, connective tissue damage, or broken bones.


What are the commandant UofF guiding principles?

Only that force reasonably necessary under the circumstances may be used. Force shall not be used where assigned duties can be discharged without it. Excessive force may never be used; however, nothing in the application of the Coast Guard Use of Force Policy shall be construed as to require personnel to meet force with equal or lesser force.

(Confirm with the MLEM)


Characters of OC pepper spray.

The aerosol must contain no greater than 10% and no less than 5% OC concentration. OC spray shall not exceed 500,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHUs), or exceed 18% capsacinoids. It shall have a water-based carrier, be non-flammable, non-toxic, and produce a straight stream delivery (not fog).
The OC pepper spray canister shall be approximately 3 oz. net weight, with thumb activation and a safety mechanism.


What does the 5th amendment state?

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.


What does the 4th amendment state?

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the person or things to be seized


Plain view discovery

The rule permitting a law enforcement (LE) officer, who is otherwise lawfully present in an area, to seize an item that is readily apparent as evidence


Probable cause

The belief of a reasonable and prudent person that a crime has been committed.

The level of suspicion that would cause a reasonable and prudent person, given the overall circumstances, to believe a crime has been committed. Probable cause is a judgment call made by a law enforcement (LE) officer based on the totality of the circumstances, including the officer's training, experience, and analysis of the situation.


Draw the jurisdictional limitations for the applicable areas in your AOR

Use picture

Customs waters: internal-12nm
Territorial seas: baseline to 12nm
Contiguous zone: 12nm to 24nm
EEZ: 12nm to 200nm
High seas: 200nm to foreign territorial seas


What are the minimum required length for a shot gun and rifle.

Shotgun: 18" barrel and 26" overall
Rifle: 16" barrel and 26" overall


What is a title II weapon?

Federally regulated firearm:
-machine guns
-shorter than the minimum lengths
- mufflers or silencers
-destructive device


What is needed to transport or posses a title 2 weapon?

ATF form 5320.4


What is a prohibited person?

1.Convicted felon
2. Dishonorably discharged from the military,
3. Mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution,
4. Renounced citizenship,
5. Illegal alien,
6. Possessor or user of a controlled substance,
7.Fugitive from justice,
8. Has a restraining order,
9. or a conviction for domestic violence.
10. Under age


Explain the coast guards policy on recording of weapons serial numbers.

Cg policy is to document all title 2 firearms, D13 is to record ALL firearms.


What are the different classes of vessels?

-Government owned non-commercial


What is the formula for a rough bar?

Length\10+freeboard = max wave height for vessel.


Where is the closest customs office?