Possible assignments are listed below:
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 has sought after innovative underwater technologies to protect and secure the Port of Los Angeles’ waterways. The Dive Team's primary responsibility is to reduce the risk of underwater threats to the Port’s waterways and infrastructure. The Team’s robust underwater program uses technology, education, training, and agency partnering to promote safety, security, and emergency management. The Dive Team maps the Port’s waterways using sonar equipment, and dives on identified anomalies to determine risk. The Dive Team’s sonar program plays an integral role in the Port’s Reconstruction and Resiliency Plan, which provides a road map for the reconstruction of the Port after a natural disaster, accident, or act of aggression. They also conduct hull searches of high-interest vessels to ensure no hazardous devices or contraband pose a threat to the Port community.
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.
The Los Angeles Port Police Marine Unit provides high visibility patrol throughout the waterways of the Port of Los Angeles to deter and detect critical infrastructure threats. The Unit also conducts vessel escorts for cruise ships, fuel tankers, and barges. Often times, the Marine Unit is the first public safety entity on scene and aids in rescues and towing operations. The Marine Unit enforces local and federal laws that include navigational laws and codes.