Coast Guard Announces Operation Channel Watch

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – The U.S. Coast Guard, along with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, conducted “Operation Channel Watch” during the past two days on Lake St. Clair.

This operation brought together law enforcement officers from nine different agencies to carry out joint patrols and improve interoperability, maximize public service, and promote sharing of resources and collaborative intelligence gathering.

The operations included the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Border Patrol (USBP), Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Michigan State Police, Detroit Police Department, Macomb County Sheriff’s Department, St. Clair County Sheriff Department and St. Clair Shores Police Department.

The operation resulted in one fugitive taken into custody and turned over to St. Clair Shores Police Department. Another man was arrested as a criminal alien illegally in the United States. The criminal alien is being detained by ICE and processed for removal from the United States.

“The Operation was successful in promoting safe boating and improving public service by furthering cooperation among multiple agencies from all levels of law enforcement,” said Cmdr. Dave Beck, USCG Incident Commander.

This was the initial phase of Operation Channel Watch. Future “Channel Watch” operations are expected.

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