Special agents of the Coast Guard Investigative Service law enforcement authority
(1) A special agent of the Coast Guard Investigative Service designated under subsection (b) has the following authority:
To execute and serve any warrant or other process issued under the authority of the United States.
(C) To make arrests without warrant for—
any offense against the United States committed in the agent’s presence; or
any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States if the agent has probable cause to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing the felony.
The authorities provided in paragraph (1) shall be exercised only in the enforcement of statutes for which the Coast Guard has law enforcement authority, or in exigent circumstances.
The Commandant may designate to have the authority provided under subsection (a) any special agent of the Coast Guard Investigative Service whose duties include conducting, supervising, or coordinating investigation of criminal activity in programs and operations of the United States Coast Guard.
The authority provided under subsection (a) shall be exercised in accordance with guidelines prescribed by the Commandant and approved by the Attorney General and any other applicable guidelines prescribed by the Secretary or the Attorney General.
(Added Pub. L. 100–448
, § 10(a), Sept. 28, 1988
, 102 Stat. 1842
; amended Pub. L. 105–383, title II
, § 205(a), Nov. 13, 1998
, 112 Stat. 3415
; Pub. L. 107–296, title XVII
, § 1704(a), Nov. 25, 2002
, 116 Stat. 2314
; Pub. L. 112–213, title II
, § 217(2), Dec. 20, 2012
, 126 Stat. 1557
2012—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 112–213 struck out “of Homeland Security” after “Secretary”.
2002—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 107–296 substituted “of Homeland Security” for “of Transportation”.
1998—Pub. L. 105–383 substituted “Special agents of the Coast Guard Investigative Service law enforcement authority” for “Civilian agents authorized to carry firearms” as section catchline and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary with the approval of the Attorney General, civilian special agents of the Coast Guard may carry firearms or other appropriate weapons while assigned to official investigative or law enforcement duties.”
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