Coast Guard to conduct multi-agency B.O.A.T. Tactical Operators Course training near Chicago

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND ― Lower Lake Michigan citizens may see increased maritime law enforcement activity next week due to a scheduled Coast Guard Boat Operations and Training (B.O.A.T.) Course, offshore Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor, near Chicago, the week of April 23-27.

The training features the same tactics, techniques and procedures that the U.S. Coast Guard uses to train its boat operators. The goal is to foster seamless integration of security operations among federal, state, county and local maritime law enforcement officers and agencies.

Twenty boat crewmembers from multiple Coast Guard stations across the Great Lakes as well as the Chicago Police Department will become familiar with interagency security coordination and the waterborne response and tactics required of agencies operating cooperatively within the maritime domain. U.S. Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor will host the training, which is being held in cooperation with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

Consisting of five modules, practical exercises and a knowledge-based assessment, the training will demonstrate methods for identifying threats to high-value assets and critical infrastructure within the port environment.

The course is intended for federal, state and local law enforcement officers assigned to the maritime community and is specifically targeted toward personnel of waterborne response teams, marine units, or port security agencies or departments.

Neither the training nor the course involves live-fire exercises. Rather, it is designed to provide training in boat intercept and defensive tactics that are used to defend maritime infrastructures and key assets.

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