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The Primary
Responsibility of
Government
If you were asked what the primary
responsibility of government is to the
citizens of the United States, how would
you answer?  This is not a trick question;
although, some people would think it is
since the answer is so simple.  The
primary responsibility of any government
is to protect its citizens.  But, here’s
where it gets complicated.  The word
protect has so many different meanings
to so many people dictated by so many
different issues affecting day to day life
that the answer needs to be more
defined.  The primary responsibility of
any government is to protect its citizens
from man’s only predator… other men.  
But, here again, the word predator will
confuse a lot of people.  So… let’s put it
this way… the primary responsibility of
any government is to protect its citizens
from those who would murder, maim, or
enslave its citizens.  When you become a
police officer or a member of the nation’s
armed forces, you must never forget that
you are at the forefront of that primary
responsibility.  
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United States
Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard - Home
Page -The United States Coast Guard
(USCG) is a military branch of the United
States involved in maritime law, mariner
assistance, and search and rescue,
among other duties of coast guards
elsewhere. One of the seven uniformed
services of the United States, and the
smallest armed service of the United
States, its stated mission is to protect
the public, the environment, and the
United States economic and security
interests in any maritime region in which
those interests may be at risk, including
international waters and America's
coasts, ports, and inland waterways.
United States Coast Guard
Investigative Service (CGIS)
The Coast Guard Investigative Service
(CGIS) is a federal investigative and
protective program established to carry
out the Coast Guard's internal and
external criminal investigations; to assist
in providing personal security services; to
protect the welfare of Coast Guard
people; to aid in preserving the internal
integrity of the Coast Guard; and to
support Coast Guard missions worldwide.

The Coast Guard Investigative Service is
a federal law enforcement agency whose
law enforcement authority is derived from
Title 14 of the United States Code. This
authority provides for Coast Guard
special agents to conduct investigations
of actual, alleged or suspected criminal
activity; carry firearms; execute and
serve warrants; and make arrests.

Today CGIS is comprised of
approximately 90 active duty military and
civilian special agents and 150 special
agents who are members of the Coast
Guard Reserve.  In a period of declining
budgets and personnel resources, CGIS
remains firmly committed to providing
effective law enforcement services, with
minimal financial impact to the taxpayers
of the United States.
History of CGIS
United States Coast Guard Missions -
The Coast Guard provides unique
benefits to the nation because of its
distinctive blend of military, humanitarian,
and civilian law-enforcement capabilities.
To serve the public, the Coast Guard has
five fundamental roles.
United States Coast Guard Careers -
The U.S. Coast Guard is one of five
branches of the US Armed Forces, and
falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security. The
Coast Guard is the nation's oldest
continuous seagoing service with
responsibilities including Search and
Rescue (SAR), Maritime Law Enforcement
(MLE), Aids to Navigation (ATON), Ice
Breaking, Environmental Protection, Port
Security and Military Readiness. In order
to accomplish these missions the Coast
Guard has 38,000 active-duty men and
women, 8,000 Reservists, and 35,000
Auxiliary personnel who serve in a variety
of job fields ranging from operation
specialists and small-boat operators and
maintenance specialists to electronic
technicians and aviation mechanics.
United States Coast Guard Units -
USCG Headquarters Organization / USCG
Headquarters Units / Atlantic Area /
Pacific Area / Districts 1 thru 17 / MLC
Atlantic / MLC Pacific
Coast Guard Visual Imagery - Video /
Photography / Audio / Graphics / Coast
Guard Art / Coast Guard Magazine /
Pentagon Channel Coast Guard Video
New / Coast Guard Readiness Command
by Barry M. Baker

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