Los Angeles Port Police
In addition to using advanced technology to augment its security operations, Port Police capabilities include K-9 units for vessel and container searches; a full-time dive unit for inspecting critical infrastructure; a Cargo Theft Interdiction Program to prevent and investigate cargo theft; a marine unit for conducting high visibility patrols to deter and detect infrastructure threats; a High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area anti-drug task force for targeting drug trafficking activities; and a Sea Marshall Program to inspect all inbound and outbound cruise ships and vessels of interest.
Law enforcement veteran Thomas E. Gazsi currently serves as Chief of the Los Angeles Port Police. For those interested in a potential career with the Los Angeles Port Police, an online application can be completed here.
Close collaboration and information sharing with multiple government entities is critical to the Port Police’s mission to monitor and keep safe vast miles of waterfront and land-based facilities. The force has a long and impressive track record of successful joint operations with other local law enforcement agencies, as well as state and federal government partners.
Port’s security agency partners include the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, California State Allied Law Enforcement Agencies, California Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles City Police, Long Beach Police and Port of Long Beach.
Multi-agency collaboration includes use of comprehensive, integrated threat detection and incident management systems that facilitate real-time communication and sharing of crucial information. The Port’s Threat Detection Center—the first of its kind for any port in the world—uses more than 460 “smart” cameras that provide surveillance of critical Port infrastructure assets around-the-clock. Augmenting these cameras are submerged sensors that detect threats below the water’s surface as well. Data captured by the Center has proved invaluable not only to the Port’s security and safety mission, but for the many security agencies that have also benefited from the sharing of this information.
Sworn to protect, dedicated to serve.
Day-to-Day Duties and Possible Assignments
Officers receive general law enforcement and regulatory assignments designed to promote a safe port. These day-to-day duties typically include:
- Patrolling the Port's 43 miles of waterfront by boat, helicopter, automobile, and bicycle.
- Monitoring vessel berthings to ensure safe docking.
- Issuing hazardous cargo and dangerous-goods permits.
- Inspecting vessels to guard against drug smuggling and pollution violations.
- Enforcing local, state, and federal laws.
- Providing special training and general assistance to customer security operations.
Cargo Theft Interdiction Program (CTIP)
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)
Pay and Benefits
- Annual Salary Range: $66,586.00 - $101,560.00
- LAPD/LAFD Tier 6 Pension Program
- Paid Educational Incentive
- Paid Vacation: 11 days (17 days after 5 years)
- Paid Holidays: 10 days
- $1,750 Uniform Allowance
- 10-year and 15-year Longevity Step
- 3% Basic Post Pay
- 1% Intermediate Post Pay
- 2% Advanced Post Pay
- 5.5% Specialized Unit Pay
- 11% K-9 Handler Pay
- Comprehensive Medical and Dental Plan
- Paid Vision, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance
- Overtime Pay
- Paid Pre-Academy, including equipment
To begin the testing process to become a Los Angeles Port Police Officer, click here to complete an online application.
Need more information? View Los Angeles Port Police Job Bulletin.
Questions? Call (866) PORT-PD1 / (866) 767-8731
Email the Port Police portal for up-to-date recruitment testing information at JoinPortPD@portla.org