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Maritime Law Enforcement Academy



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Charleston, South Carolina


The U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy was established in November, 2004 at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, SC to prepare Coast Guard personnel to perform as Maritime Law Enforcement Officers. In addition, we enhance the Maritime Law Enforcement skills of students from our fellow federal, state and local agencies, as well as the international community. We accomplish this through the delivery of high quality training that provides the knowledge and skills necessary for graduates to perform in a Safe, Legal and Professional manner. We also develop, maintain and make readily available up-to-date training material that supports the standardization and professionalism of the Coast Guard’s entire Maritime Law Enforcement Training system.


Maritime Law Enforcement Academy Awards:

View the Coast Guard Unit Commendation (2010)
View the Meritorious Unit Commendation RFTC (2016) 

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MLEA oversees thirteen resident courses at the Charleston location, 5 Regional Fishery Training Centers (RFTC's), and the CLEAR assessments for all units conducting Maritime Law Enforcement Operations.