Second Honorable Mention, Coast Guard Essay Contest
The U.S. Coast Guard's cutter and maritime law enforcement communities share a problem—law enforcement personnel retention and training. The cutter community must train shipboard law enforcement teams and maintain personnel law enforcement qualifications while coping with reduced crew size and increased operational requirements. Facing similar challenges, the law enforcement community struggles to retain qualified personnel. Expanding the role of existing law enforcement detachments to deploy on board Coast Guard cutters has the potential to benefit both communities, while improving the Coast Guard's performance of its maritime law enforcement mission.
New Initiatives & Old Issues
In 1999, the U.S. Coast Guard interdicted nearly 50.7 metric tons of cocaine—the most cocaine seized in any one-year period and a 2.1% increase over 1998 figures. Despite this success, South American suppliers are thought to have exceeded North American narcotics demand.