Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy to hold change of command ceremony

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy is to hold a change of command ceremony aboard the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, Friday at 10 a.m.

Commander Paul Baker will be relieved by Cmdr. Tom Walsh during a time honored military tradition.

Baker is the third commanding officer of the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy. During his tenure the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy took on oversight of five regional fisheries training centers and the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear training program for the entire Coast Guard.

Baker ensured more than 27,000 students obtained the essential skills, knowledge and tools to support the Coast Guard’s homeland security and law enforcement missions.

Baker’s new assignment will be the deputy director of training evaluations at the White House.

Walsh reports to the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy from Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., where he served as the chief of response for an area of responsibility that covers more than 55,000-miles, including the maritime borders of Cuba and the Bahamas.

The Maritime Law Enforcement Academy was created by relocating and merging the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement School formerly in Yorktown, Va., and the Boarding Team Member School from Petaluma, Calif.

The school offers 12-resident courses for more than 2,700 students annually, including more than 100 international students and 128 state and local law enforcement officers.

The academy’s collocation at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center provides opportunities for coordinated professional development of Coast Guard personnel with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

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