Coast Guard crews host tactical training in St. Petersburg, Fla

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, Fla., and local marine law enforcement personnel conduct high-value-asset training in Tampa Bay, Fla., May 14, 2015. Members from the station hosted a tactical operator’s course, training local marine law enforcement boatcrews on the basics of tactical boat operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley J. Johnson)

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew and local marine law enforcement personnel conduct high-value-asset training in Tampa Bay, Fla., May 14, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley J. Johnson)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard hosted tactical training for local marine law enforcement agencies at Station St. Petersburg, Thursday.

The tactical operator’s course consists of 20 hours of classroom training and 16 hours of practical on-the-water training, teaching the basics of security zone patrol enforcement, escorting high value assets and pursuit tactics.

Eighteen local marine law enforcement crewmembers received qualifications from the course. The crewmembers came from a range of agencies including Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Hillsboro County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office, Pinellas County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office, Tampa (Florida) Police Department and Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg.

“It takes a community to protect a community,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Eamon McCormick, the officer in charge of Station St. Petersburg. “ It’s not just a Coast Guard mission.”

This is the first time in recent years the Coast Guard has hosted the training.

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