Law enforcement is one of the primary duties entrusted to Sri Lanka Coast Guard by the Coast Guard Act No. 41 of 2009 and has empowered SLCG for the Law enforcement in the territorial waters, the maritime zones of Sri Lanka and the high seas. Concurrently, Coast Guard officers deemed to be ‘peace officers’ within the meaning and for the purposes, of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act No. 15 of 1979.
SLCG law enforcement functions include assist in preventing, the entry and exit of illegal immigrants and emigrants, the trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, the detection and seizure of contraband and weapons, cooperate with domestic and foreign organisations for the purpose of protecting national interests in all such areas and ensuring national security, protecting the national economy and the national integrity of Sri Lanka.
In order to achieve this, SLCG has deployed its fleet units and established shore bases, CG Stations, CG Substations covering whole coastal belt, the territorial waters and maritime Zones of Sri Lanka. Further, SLCG personnel are deployed and committed to following major maritime law enforcement activities.