BECOME A TRAINED VOLUNTEER
OR A PAID PROFESSIONAL
As a person who spends much of your
time on or near the water, you already know what is normal and what is
not and you are well suited to notice suspicious activities ─ activities
possibly indicating threats to our nation's homeland security. And as
a participant in America's Waterway Watch we urge you to adopt
a heightened sense of sensitivity toward unusual events or individuals
you may encounter in or around ports, docks, marinas, riversides, beaches,
or waterfront communities.
You should always remember that people are not suspicious,
behavior is. And if you observe suspicious behavior
or activity, you should simply note the details and contact local law
enforcement. You are not expected to approach or challenge
anyone acting in a suspicious manner.
America's Waterway Watch is a public outreach program, encouraging
participants to simply report suspicious activity to the Coast Guard
and/or other law enforcement agencies. Unlike some Neighborhood Watch
programs, for example, you are not formally joining an organization
-- there are no meetings, membership cards or membership requirements
-- and you do not become
an agent of the Coast Guard or any other law enforcement agency.
If you are interested in assisting in a more formal capacity, either
as a paid professional or trained volunteer, you should consider a civilian
or military career with the United States Coast Guard (http://www.gocoastguard.com/jobs.html)
or joining a local flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary (http://www.cgaux.org/)
its civilian component of unpaid volunteers.