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UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

Marine Corps Law Enforcement Program

The Marine Corps Law Enforcement Program (MCLEP) offers competitive salaries, exceptional benefits, eligibility into the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS), and opportunities for advancement. The MCLEP provides the highest quality Police and Security services to Marine Corps Installations. Our federally accredited program has something for everyone. We encourage you to continue reading and see if you have what it takes to serve and protect the greatest fighting force the world has ever known.

OUR HISTORY

The Marine Corps initiated a civilian police force, MCLEP, in 2005 at our logistic bases in Albany, GA and Barstow, CA, and our support facility on Blount Island in Jacksonville, FL.  In 2007, the Marine Corps fully implemented MCLEP increasing the security and police services aboard installations with professional civilian police officers.

In 2013, the Marine Corps Police Academy received the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) and it has since been reaccredited as of 2018. From the Basic Police Officer Course to the Police Commanders Course, the Marine Corps Police Academy provides higher learning and progressive training over the spectrum of law enforcement duties.

Today, there are over 900 men and women who have answered the call and proudly wear the Marine Corps Police Officer badge. From the Islands of Hawaii to the sunshine state of Florida; in the mountains, high desert, and coastal areas of California to the metropolis of Northern Virginia; from sunny Arizona to the friendliest people anywhere of Albany, Georgia, with the Big Easy of Louisiana in between, civilian police officers are serving their country, their community, and the Marine Corps.  And, unlike some federal law enforcement agencies, MCLEP is unique and allows you to choose where you want to work.  Movement from one installation to another is 100% up to you!

MARINE CORPS LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM EXPLAINED

Every Marine Corps installation has their own law enforcement department, either a Provost Marshal Office (PMO) or Marine Corps Police Department (MCPD). A PMO has a blended force of Marine Corps Civilian Police and Marine Corps Military Police; a MCPD is comprised of an all Marine Corps Civilian Police force. Each PMO or MCPD is essentially their own police department and operates as such with the added responsibility of controlling all access points to their installation and additional high-sensitive access points within the installation.

Simply put, your installation is your city and the access points are your border. Marine Corps Police Officers are responsible to exercise full law enforcement authority on the installation. You will accomplish this through multiple patrol methods, manning fixed posts throughout the installation, and being the first responders to any emergency aboard the installation. You will be interacting with both military and civilians on and off the installation while representing your agency. Marine Corps Police Officers enforce unique policies for their installation, federal laws, and state laws pertaining to their location. All PMOs or MCPDs work closely with other city, state, and federal agencies in their area and abroad. Throughout your career you can advance your skills by serving in a variety of positions including Military Working Dog Handler, Special Response Team (SRT), Accident Investigator, and Criminal Investigator to name a few. You can also advance into supervisory positions that will lead into Department Headquarters positions. Click here for a complete list of Police Officer positions within MCLEP.

ACADEMY

The Marine Corps Police Academy (MCPA) is located aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, CA.  It provides both basic and advanced law enforcement training to Marine Corps civilian and military police officers.  Newly hired police officers attend the Basic Police Officers Course (BPOC) which is 64-training days long and accredited by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) board. The BPOC consists of classroom and hands-on instruction in firearms, non-lethal weapons tactics and techniques, law enforcement subjects, use of force continuum, and force protection.

Attendance of the BPOC may be waived for highly qualified police officers with sufficient prior law enforcement training and experience to include military law enforcement for veterans.

For additional information on the MCPA, access Police Academy link on the right side of the page.

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