The Starfleet Border Patrol is the police and defensive force of the United Federation of Planets.
The Starfleet Border Patrol's function is to patrol known territory and territorial borders on the behalf of the Federation government, to defend the Federation and its allies from threats, to further Federation policies and interests throughout interstellar space.
The Starfleet Border Patrol falls under the overall command of Starfleet is commanded by the Commander-in-Chief and reports to the Federation Secretary of Exploration. Over-all, Starfleet fields roughly 15,000 starships and 10,000 support ships, attached to the 879 starbases and space stations of Starfleet, a few million shuttles and other auxiliary craft, and around 30 million active and 15 million reserve personnel.
The Border Patrol is charged with the following duties:
- 1: Defense
- Starfleet Border Patrol is the second line of defense for the Federation. Border Patrol vessels patrol the Federation's territories and borders, and in wartime are the secondary combatants.
- 2: Aid and Assistance to all Federation Members, Colonies, and Protectorates
- Starfleet is frequently tasked with the transport and protection of Federation diplomats and officials, and is the first responder to all disasters, natural and otherwise.
- 3: Regulation of shipping
- An often overlooked duty in the eyes of the public, Starfleet Border Patrol frequently escorts convoys that are in hostile areas and is primarily responsible for the enforcement of Federation trade regulations within Federation space and along its borders. Many shipping and regulation duties are actually shared by the Federation Merchant Marine, as well as by local authorities.
The Starfleet Border Patrol is organized into several separate smaller task forces assigned various regions of operation. Typically, the Border Patrol operate older vessels than the main fleets of Starfleet, and avoids regions of higher-tension and shared borders of major governments, leaving those areas to the newer and more defensively sound vessels.