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Marine Interdiction Agent Duties

As a Marine Interdiction Agent, you are a valuable member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession. Typical assignments include:

  • Maritime patrols and interdictions at sea, on lakes, and rivers to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror
  • Interdiction operations against national security threats to include, illegal drugs and undocumented alien smuggling
  • Joint investigations with other agencies related to border security in the maritime environment, employing multiple investigative techniques and capabilities

Typical Duties

You will serve as a CBP Marine Interdiction Agent performing marine law enforcement operations involving the detection, prevention, interdiction and apprehension of terrorist, terrorist weapons and other contraband and persons from illegally entering or attacking the United States. Your duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • Serving as an Air and Marine Operations (AMO) vessel commander or crew member in law enforcement operations utilizing CBP marine assets.
  • Conducting maritime patrols, surveillance and pursuit activities related to the interdiction of smuggled contraband via land, air, and sea.
  • Conducting high speed vessel pursuits and intercepts of suspect vessels under adverse and sometimes hazardous conditions during the hours of darkness and in times of foul/inclement weather.
  • Searching vessels and/or persons to gather evidence to support allegations of criminal or terrorist activity.
  • Conducting independent and joint investigations.
  • Working closely with other Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to gather/share intelligence information regarding illegal maritime activity to include identifying and preventing potential acts of terrorism.

Vessels Used by Marine Interdiction Agents:

Coastal Interceptor Vessel (CIV)
Coastal Interceptor Vessel (CIV): Marine interdiction agents use the Coastal Interceptor Vessel in coastal waters to combat maritime smuggling and defend the waterways along our nation’s borders from acts of terrorism. With its advanced hull design, safety equipment and electronics, the CIV provides marine interdiction agents with the protection, mobility, and reliability to intercept and apprehend maritime smugglers.
 
Invincible
Invincible: The Invincible crew operates in the littoral and offshore waters of the United States and its territories in varying sea and weather conditions. The vessel provides agents with a safe, working platform to perform their duties and missions. The vessel’s significant freeboard enables a comfortable dry ride with increased visibility. The vessel’s powerful 4 stroke engines make it capable of performing high speed maneuvers in close proximity to other vessels, which enables agents to perform successful, high-risk pursuit and intercept missions.
 
SAFE Boat
SAFE Boat: Marine interdiction agents with CBP’s Air and Marine Operations (AMO) use the 33 foot Secure Around Flotation Equipped (SAFE) Boat for the pursuit and boarding (inland and offshore) of vessels transiting in locations with extreme weather conditions. The SAFE Boat’s features make it ideal for performing law enforcement missions such as maritime smuggling in rough seas and areas congested with waterborne debris. Its fabricated marine grade aluminum hull and foam collar provide the stability and buoyancy of a rigid hulled inflatable boat, with unmatched durability and safety. The foam collars enable the boat to remain buoyant, even if taking on water in extreme conditions. The boat’s protective cabin has heat and air to protect its crew from the elements.
 
Midnight Express
Midnight Express: The 39 foot Midnight Express Interceptor vessel is an integral part of Air and Marine Operations (AMO) efforts to combat maritime smuggling. Marine interdiction agents (MIA) operate the Midnight Express in offshore coastal waters in varying sea and weather conditions. The vessel provides agents with additional speed, maneuverability and a greater range to perform their duties and missions.
 
Intrepid
Intrepid: The 30 foot Intrepid coastal enforcement vessel provides a versatile maritime law enforcement capability. The hull design makes it ideal for enforcement operations in shallow, inland and near coastal waters. The Intrepid meets the demands for a small, fast, highly maneuverable vessel that can be used for interdiction, near coastal and offshore patrol and surveillance.
 
Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrator (ACTD)
ACTD: The NorTech Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrator (ACTD) was originally designed to aid the development of future Interceptor vessel class requirements, and to further explore new marine interdiction tactics, tools, and techniques. The vessel also incorporates enhancements for operator safety.
 
Interim Midnight Express
Interim Midnight Express: The Interim 39 foot Midnight Express Interceptor vessel provides maritime interdiction capabilities for CBP’s Air and Marine Operations (AMO). These vessels fill operational gaps at marine units until the nextgeneration Coastal Interceptor Vessel is ready to deploy. Marine interdiction agents (MIA) operate the Midnight Express in offshore coastal waters to combat maritime smuggling. The vessel provides agents with additional speed, maneuverability and a greater range to perform their duties and missions.
 
SeaHunter
SeaHunter: The Interim 40 foot SeaHunter Interceptor vessel fills operational gaps at marine units until the nextgeneration Coastal Interceptor Vessel is ready to deploy. Marine interdiction agents operate the SeaHunter in offshore coastal waters to combat maritime smuggling. The vessel provides agents with additional speed, maneuverability and a greater range to perform their duties and missions.
Last modified: 
July 21, 2017
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