"Sworn to protect, dedicated to serve."
The Mission of the Los Angeles Port Police is to protect the Port of Los Angeles against all hazards through identification and elimination, to ensure free flow and protection of commerce, and to identify, apprehend and prosecute persons who would direct criminal activity toward Harbor Department properties, customers or Port users.
About the Los Angeles Port Police
As one of
few police forces in the nation dedicated exclusively to 24-hour
port activities, the Los Angeles Port Police are responsible for patrol and surveillance of the Port of Los Angeles and neighboring LA Harbor Area communities. As California peace officers, the Port Police
enforce federal, state and local public safety
statutes as well as environmental and maritime
safety regulations. Highly regarded among specialized law enforcement agencies, the primary goal of the Port Police
maintain the free flow of commerce and produce
a safe, secure environment that promotes uninterrupted Port
The Port Police Division is now hiring officers.
In order to begin the testing process to become a Los Angeles Port Police Officer, click here to complete an online application.
You may email our Port Police portal for up-to-date recruitment testing information at JoinPortPD@portla.org or call (866) PORT-PD1/(866) 767-8731.
Angeles Port Police Job Bulletin. For more information, call (866) PORT-PD1/(866) 767-8731.
Duties and Assignments
Port Police Officers' range of duties
include the safety
and security of all passenger, cargo and vessel
operations. Officers patrol the Port's 43 miles of waterfront by
boat, helicopter, automobile and bicycle;
vessel berthings to ensure safe docking; issue
hazardous cargo and dangerous-goods permits; inspect
vessels to guard against drug smuggling and pollution
violations; enforce local, state and federal laws;
provide special training and general assistance
to customer security operations.
Officers are assigned to the Port of Los Angeles (City of Los Angeles Harbor
Department) and undergo basic police academy training
followed by field training with a field training
officer. They may be assigned to patrol by vehicle
or boat. Boat patrols include the enforcement of laws
regulating vessel traffic, pollution investigations,
handling of navigational hazards, inspections
of docks, wharves, marinas, and all Port-controlled
Officers receive general law enforcement
and regulatory assignments designed to promote
a safe port. Officers may also independently initiate
actions designed to respond to long-term or continuing
criminal or safety problems, and respond
to individual criminal activity. Officer
duties require considerable public
and community contact and cooperation.
Whether patrolling by land, sea, air, or even
underwater, policing the harbor is definitely an
exciting job. Possible assignments include:
- Port Police Patrol:
Los Angeles Port Police officers are responsible
for enforcing all the laws and ordinances within
the jurisdiction of the Port of Los Angeles, including
its commercial operations, docks and marinas,
recreational, residential and neighboring areas.
Officers may also be involved
with other programs such as participation in bicycle
patrol, K-9, dive operations, sea marshal operations,
detectives, or involvement in narcotics, cargo
theft, or anti-terrorism task forces.
- Port Police Dive Team:
Formed in 1989, the Los Angeles Port Police Dive Team serve as an underwater unit
who police the entire port area from the docks to the breakwater.
The Dive Team often assists the U.S. Coast Guard to investigate
spills, accidents and suspicious incidents.
- Port Police K-9 Unit:
Canine officers are a vital component of the
Los Angeles Port Police. The drug-sniffing
dogs are certified by the California Narcotics
Canine Association and are trained to sniff and locate narcotics
in any of the thousands of cargo and passenger ships
that move through the Port each year. The bomb dogs
are specifically trained to sniff out explosive
materials with a primary assignment of patrolling
cruise ships and the World Cruise Center.
- Cargo Theft Interdiction Program (CTIP): Formerly known as Cargo CATs (Cargo Criminal Apprehension
Team), CTIP is a coordinated multi-agency effort
responsible for the prevention and investigation
of incidents of cargo theft in Southern California.
The CTIP partnership includes several major law enforcement agencies at the local, state and
federal levels: Los Angeles
Port Police, Los Angeles Police Department, California
Highway Patrol, Vernon Police Department, California Department
of Insurance and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection.
- High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA):
The HIDTA is a coordinated anti-drug task force that targets drug trafficking in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Operated
by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), several local, state
and federal law enforcement agencies teamed up to form the HIDTA. This task force replaced
the Marine Anti-Smuggling Team (MAST), originally formed in 1994.