Dep. Director John Buchanan (Ret.)


John Buchanan retired from his position as deputy director for operations, US Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS), on April 29, 2016. In this capacity, he oversaw the work of over 400 CGIS Special Agents in nine regions covering the US and overseas postings.  CGIS agents investigate a wide variety of felony offenses ranging from homicide to environmental crimes that are prosecuted in military and federal court.

Mr. Buchanan came to the Coast Guard Investigative Service in July 2013 from the US Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP). He served as deputy director for operations for over two years supervising the regional and technical units that planned and implemented law enforcement development program in over 30 foreign countries.

Prior to his service at ICITAP, Mr. Buchanan served for four years as the senior police advisor at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). He provided expert advice and analysis to USAID headquarters and US embassies around the world on the development of host nation law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. His overseas experience includes work in more than 15 countries.

In 2007, Mr. Buchanan retired from the Phoenix Police Department after a 33-year police career. He worked in a variety of enforcement, investigative, and administrative assignments in a rapidly growing, diverse metropolitan environment, rising through the ranks to assistant police chief in 2000.

Mr. Buchanan has a Master of Science degree from Arizona State University. He graduated from the FBI National Academy and the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (John B. Pickett fellow). He was also a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), US Department of Justice in Washington, DC. His teaching experience includes leadership instruction for the Arizona State University Certified Public Manager Program.

Mr. Buchanan authored “Police-Prosecutor Drug Enforcement Teams” (published in the American Journal of Police) and A Field Guide for USAID Democracy and Governance Officers: Assistance to Civilian Law Enforcement in Developing Countries (published by USAID). He also co-authored the NIJ Research in Brief, “Understanding the Use of Force By and Against Police.”