Maritime Professional Responders and Officers Association
- Chief Operating Officer, O.C.E.A.N.S LLC
- Former Director, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program
- Founder, Merrick Maritime Security, Inc.
- Former Chief Intelligence and Domestic Security Officer, State of Florida (FWC)
- Former Homeland Security Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Group Boston and First District
- Former Officer-in-Charge, Boston Harbor Defense Team and District 1 Small Vessel Tactical Team
With over 35 years of law enforcement, intelligence, operations, prevention planning, response readiness and organizational leadership experience in the port security domain, Mark DuPont brings a wealth of knowledge, demonstrated skill and nationally recognized accomplishments. Mark’s expertise and unique understanding from the federal, state, local, non-profit and private sector perspectives through his many initiatives in the maritime homeland security arena are critical skills in his current position as the Chief Operating Officer with O.C.E.A.N.S LLC, (a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business based in Florida) and were essential in his previous position as the Director of the Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program which he helped to create and implement as a National Standard of training and accreditation (recognized by the USCG and FEMA) for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
As a credentialed facilitator and American Society for Training and Development (ASTD, now ATD) Master Trainer, Mark has trained thousands of marine units, officers, agents, and emergency responders throughout the country in Search and Rescue Techniques, Law Enforcement Procedures, Tactical Boat Operations, High Value Asset/Critical Infrastructure Protection, Intelligence Coordination, Boarding Procedures, Bomb Awareness, Anti-Terrorism Force Protection, Investigative and Interview Techniques, Small Vessel Radiological and Nuclear Detection, Vessel Pursuit Techniques, Waterborne Use of Force, and Emergency Response. He has counseled maritime stakeholders from ports around the world in multi-agency interoperability, intelligence collection, threat mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and emergency management and conducted national level exercises in multiple ports.
Prior to joining O.C.E.A.N.S, and before leading this national initiative with NASBLA, Mark DuPont was the statewide Chief Intelligence and Domestic Security Officer for the state of Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement, the largest agency of its type in the world, with over 1000 sworn officers, 500 vessels, and 12 aircraft patrolling, protecting and preventing threats to the nation’s largest marine economic environment containing the cruise ship capital of the world, the recreational fishing capital of the world, 14 deep water ports, and 1200 miles of transnational coast line. In that position, he has provided essential guidance in the creation and training of Waterborne Response Teams throughout the state’s seven Regional Domestic Security Task Forces, a protocol and curriculum that has been adopted nationally by the United States Coast Guard, FEMA, and NASBLA.
Prior to his position with the State of Florida, Mark completed 28 years of service with the United States Coast Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer, where he helped create, author, develop and enhance port security practices in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. His concept of standardized training and protocols in maritime law enforcement, planning, exercise and emergency response spread from the First Coast Guard District where CWO DuPont was assigned, to the entire country and to Miami where he was later assigned as one of the Nation’s first Port Security Specialists. These initiatives became foundational elements of Port Security in the Commandant’s Response Boat Tactics, Techniques and Procedures Manual, and in policies for ship boardings, high value asset escorts, shoreside patrols of critical infrastructure and sea marshalling tactics and procedures.
These and many more contributions have been recognized over the last few years with a USCG Distinguished Public Service Award, Harvard Kennedy School “Bright Idea” Award and Top 25 Award, (2) ASAE Power of A Gold Awards, ASAE Summit Award, President’s Award from the National Association of Boating Law Administrators, a Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, a Meritorious Service Medal with the Operational Distinguishing Device, a Commendation Medal, two Achievement Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, Three Meritorious Team Medals with the Operational Distinguishing Device, the 9-11 Medal, and countless letters of appreciation and commendation from local, state and federal partners.