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The National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (Academy or NMLEA) is a non-profit member-driven organization, that provides assessment, evaluation, training, research, education and consulting services to the professionals that patrol, protect and preserve our nation’s rivers, bays, harbors, lakes, ports and coastlines.

 
 

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Following a vision and the leadership of Admiral Owen Siler, a former U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, the National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA) was established in 2000 to fill a capabilities gap that continues to effect law enforcement and emergency response operations on the water all across America. The NMLEA (and the International Maritime Law Enforcement Academy or IMLEA) provides education, training, exercises, consultation and resources for law enforcement personnel, emergency responders and public safety professionals, as well as for the critical infrastructure industries located on or near the maritime environment.

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Accepting Nominations - for Maritime Domain Awareness Excellence

February 25, 2020

Now until March 6th, 2020, the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office is accepting nominations for the Law Enforcement - Maritime Doman Awareness Executive Steering Committee (MDA ESC) Excellence Award.

NMIO will be presenting two Law Enforcement MDA ESC Excellence Awards this year. One will be presented at the Maritime Security East Conference in Miami, 4-5 May to a person/organization that have made a significant contribution to improving the effective understanding of the maritime domain in the area of responsibility for Florida.

The other Law Enforcement MDA ESC Excellence award will be presented at the IALEA conference in Dallas, 4-8 May to a person/organization that have made a significant contribution to improving the effective understanding of the maritime domain in the United States and its territories.

Award Background:

In support of the stated goals of the National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan (NMDAP), the National MDA Executive Steering Committee establishes an annual national level maritime domain awareness award program “MDA ESC Excellence Award” to recognize exemplary stakeholder members of the Global Maritime Community of Interest (GMCOI), whose accomplishments have made a significant contribution to improving the effective understanding of the maritime domain in the United States and its territories. This includes the US Federal interagency, US Intelligence Community (IC), state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies, international partners, academia, and maritime industry.

To nominate someone, contact Michelle Green at michelle.l.green2@navy.mil or the NMLEA at info@nmlea.org.
 

$100M Available through the Port Security Grant Program!

February 24, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security has announced its grant programs for 2020, and among them is the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). $100 Million will be available, and an overview of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) can be found by clicking here.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Deadlines: April 8th for initial application, and April 15th, 2020 at 5:00 PM for final application.

  • There is a cost share requirement, 25% for public sector, 50% for public sector.

  • Cost share requirement is waived for training of law enforcement agencies in security zone enforcement, or for applications totaling $25,000 or less.

  • Priority Areas: Enhancing Cybersecurity ; Enhancing the Protection of Soft Targets and Crowded Places; Training and Awareness; Planning; Addressing Emerging Threats, such as Transnational Criminal Organizations, WMD and UAS

  • Eligible Applicants: All entities subject to an Area Maritime Security Plan

 

Note that a lot of things have to happen in order for your application to go through, so feel free to reach out to the NMLEA (info@nmlea.org) for guidance and assistance in your process. We have experienced PSGP professionals that help you navigate!

"Introduction to the Maritime Industry" Course released for NMIO

October 28, 2019

The National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) has been working with its state and local law enforcement partners nationally to better integrate their efforts into the larger maritime community. This collaboration revealed the need for training to expose state and local law enforcement analysts and officers to the intricacies of the maritime shipping industry. In response to that need, NMIO, with production assistance from the National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA), created a course, Introduction to Maritime Industry, for use by members of the global maritime community of interest.

 

The new course, developed in collaboration with national maritime shipping subject matter experts from the Office of Naval Intelligence and the maritime industry, features nine modules providing in-depth knowledge regarding the maritime industry:

  • Introduction

  • Maritime Transportation System

  • Port Operations

  • Ship Operations

  • Ship Types

  • Cargo Types

  • Cargo Security

  • Threats to the Maritime Domain

  • Maritime Community Information Sharing

 

The course can be accessed online for free as part of NMIO’s work to assist members of the maritime community with learning more about the complexities of the maritime shipping industry.

 

“NMIO is looking forward to many members of the maritime community using this course as a resource in the professional development of their workforce, whether that is a law enforcement officer conducting ship boardings or analysts searching for a vessel of interest carrying contraband into the U.S.,” stated Captain Ed Westfall USCG, NMIO Deputy Director.

 

NMLEA Executive Director, Mark DuPont, added, “We were excited to contribute to the safety and security of the Nation’s waterways using our PortTraining online education portal, and the skills of our staff to work with NMIO in developing this important tool.  This truly epitomizes our mantra of ‘Strength through Knowledge.’ Now, this training is available to any public safety professional to take at their own pace, anywhere in the country, at any time of day or night.”

 

About the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office

The Director of National Intelligence, in cooperation with Navy and Coast Guard, created NMIO in 2009 to advance governmental collaboration and unity of effort as outlined in The 9/11 Commission Report, formally named Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, and the National Strategy for Maritime Security. NMIO facilitates information sharing and collaboration across the Global Maritime Community of Interest, which consists of U.S. federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; maritime industry; academia; and our international partners. Learn more about NMIO online.

Inaugural National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy Award for MDA Excellence

October 09, 2018

Mr. Lyston Lea, Principal Advisor to the Director, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO), presented the Interagency Maritime Domain Awareness Executive Steering Committee (MDA ESC)-sponsored inaugural National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy Award for MDA Excellence to the director of the Maritime Coordination Center (MCC) at the Port of Long Beach during the 2018 Maritime Security Conference West in San Diego, California.

 

The MDA ESC recognized the Port of Long Beach’s MCC for its efforts in expanding its work in addressing cyber issues, criminal activity and maritime information sharing. The Center provides leadership to the Los Angeles/Long Beach Department of Homeland Security Regional Coordination Mechanism (ReCoM), by providing situational awareness on a 24/7 basis. By hosting liaison officers from more than a dozen agencies and providing the Virtual Port maritime information system, it has proven itself the focal point for joint maritime law enforcement operations in Central California. The Center has successfully demonstrated its importance to the region by supporting hundreds of operations across five counties, leading to numerous successful prosecutions and the effective interdiction of illicit shipments of people and cargo prior to their arrival on our shores.

Mr. Lea stated, “it is certainly an honor to recognize the work of the Maritime Coordination Center’s work to improve maritime information sharing and collaboration on behalf of the MDA ESC.  Their work is a great example of how a port law enforcement agency, working with the maritime community, can improve security in our coastal waters. We are truly thankful for our partnership with the National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy to be able to sing the praises of the Maritime Coordination Center.”

The National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy’s (NMLEA) Executive Director, Mark DuPont, added, “The NMLEA is proud to present its inaugural Maritime Domain Awareness Excellence Award to the Port of Long Beach’s Maritime Coordination Center. Through their efforts, the Center epitomizes the Academy’s mantra: ‘Strength through Knowledge’ and is worthy of recognition. Clearly, the more we know about our domain, the stronger we are. And the more we work together, the more we will know. The work of the Center is a model of cooperation and unity of effort, that has made a direct impact on the safety and security of Central California’s waterways. Bravo Zulu, as we continue onward and forward, together.”

 

About the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office

The Director of National Intelligence, in cooperation with Navy and Coast Guard, created NMIO in 2009 to advance governmental collaboration and unity of effort as outlined in the 9/11 Commission Report, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, and the National Strategy for Maritime Security. NMIO facilitates information sharing and collaboration across the Global Maritime Community of Interest, which consists of U.S. federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; maritime industry; academia; and our international partners. Learn more about NMIO online at http://nmio.ise.gov/index.htm.​

Academy Develops an Integrated Response to Maritime Security Challenges - Guyana and the United States

June 28, 2018

Georgetown, Guyana - The National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA), and its subsidiary International Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (IMLEA), announced a teaming agreement with AMES Maritime Security (AMES) of Kingston, Georgetown (Guyana) to provide international level maritime safety and security services.  The cadre of professionals from within both organizations are recognized for their military, maritime, and security skills and competence, and their ability to provide training, exercise, education, assessment, consultation, and other services. This Teaming Agreement brought those resources together to meet some of the maritime challenges facing Guyana after the discovery of significant oil deposits off the nation’s coastline, and production expected to begin in the spring of 2020.

 

“For this small nation of 750,000 residents, this collaborative partnership presents a viable solution to the myriad of security challenges Guyanese mariners are facing, and as vessel and waterside property owners seek solutions in light of this exponential growth that we are about to experience,” said Andy Austin, President of AMES.  “This partnership adds another layer of services to augment the resources being provided by the Guyana Maritime Administration, Guyana Coast Guard, and Marine Police. It encompasses all maritime security services from regulatory and policy consultation to vessel security, and from personnel training to shoreside property protection.”

 

“Our partnership paves the way for a more systematic use of the tools we have collectively at our disposal and will allow us to speak with one voice to both local and international clients,” said Mark DuPont, the NMLEA/IMLEA’s Executive Director. “Ensuring the security of those who rely upon the safety of Guyana’s many waters, through the training of the professionals that will patrol, protect and preserve those waterways is our primary objective.”

 

“As we look at our immediate future,” continued Austin, “Guyanese mariners expect immediate and effective responses to their calls for help, the protection of their properties along Guyana’s coastline, and protection from acts of piracy directed to them personally or their properties. They will also require awareness of potential threats from criminal activities at sea or possible incursions into Guyana’s EEZ resulting from disputes of maritime boundaries. Through this partnership, we will provide the guidance and subject matter experts needed to help Guyana through this exponential growth period.”

 

About AMES

AMES Maritime Security is Guyana's first maritime security company to offer a comprehensive range of risk mitigation solutions, specifically focused on the maritime sector and in compliance with IMO guidelines for the use of armed security aboard merchant vessels and vessel security patrols.  Andy Austin, AMES President, is a retired United States Coast Guard Officer.

 

About the Academy

The NMLEA is a not for profit member-driven organization with offices in Washington, DC and Tallahassee, Florida. Through customized exportable maritime tactical, rescue, and operational courses based on international best practices; an online PortTraining Program exclusive to America’s security; various port vulnerability and risk assessments; training and exercise development and evaluation; and multiple product, technology, process and security consultation services, the Academy staff has provided over 15,000 officers and maritime professionals with tools that help to enhance the safety and security of their Nation’s waterways, and to maritime organizations around the world.  For additional information about the NMLEA or IMLEA, please visit www.nmlea.org or e-mail info@nmlea.org

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