Coast Guard conducts maritime law enforcement exercise in Boston Harbor

Coast Guard 45-Foot Response Boat-Medium file photo

Coast Guard Station Boston 45-Foot Response Boat-Medium file photo

BOSTON — Coast Guard Sector Boston and port partners conducted a maritime law enforcement drill Wednesday in Boston Harbor aboard the Spirit of Boston cruise ship.

The exercise improved how maritime law enforcement officers would respond to an active-shooter aboard a vessel. The drill was conducted to ensure the public’s safety and security in the maritime environment, and focused on notification procedures, communications, response, and coordination between federal and state law enforcement agencies.

Teams involved with the exercise included officials from Coast Guard Sector Boston, Coast Guard Station Boston, Coast Guard Station Point Allerton, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Environmental Police, Customs and Border Protection, Quincy Police, Weymouth Police, Massachusetts Port Authority, Entertainment Cruises, and local Harbormasters.

“The Coast Guard and our port partners are committed to protecting the public by staying prepared,” said Capt. Claudia C. Gelzer, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Boston. “The realities of recent national tragedies underscore our urgent responsibility as first responders to plan for and practice dangerous scenarios such as active-shooter situations.”

She said the public, likewise, should always be prepared, remain vigilant when using maritime transportation, and report any suspicious behavior to authorities.

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