A message from Los Angeles Port Police Chief Tom Gazsi

A message from the Chief

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Since 1911, the Los Angeles Port Police have provided specialized law enforcement in the nation’s busiest container port, known as America’s Port®. Nearly 10 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) of containers, more than 100 cruise ships, a variety of tankers, breakbulk, auto carriers and others arrive annually through the Port. Often nearly 100 trains arrive and depart daily, moving commerce along with the thousands of trucks that deliver goods throughout the nation. The Port is home to 16 marinas, including the Los Angeles Yacht Club and Cabrillo Yacht Club. The community relies on the Port Police for general policing and maritime law enforcement, including federal, state and municipal law, as well as Harbor and Navigation regulations. The Port Police play a strong role in customer, labor and tenant relations, all to sustain commerce and passenger flow, ensuring a safe and secure maritime environment. An estimated 1 million jobs are attributed to the goods that move through the Port, touching all 435 United States Congressional Districts, with 43% of the nation’s goods arriving in Los Angeles.
To secure the Port and to ensure business continuity, the Los Angeles Port Police Department provides policing and security services in a variety of interesting and challenging ways. To accomplish our mission, we deploy focused Marine and Landside Patrol Operations, a highly specialized Dive Team, a motor detail focused on commercial enforcement, multi-discipline canines, a Hazardous Materials Unit, Emergency Management Section and Port Detectives, among others. All of our sworn personnel are maritime-trained officers, many who possess U.S. Coast Guard licenses and certifications in vessel operations up to 100 Gross Registered Tons.
The Los Angeles Port Police provide the only west coast Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center (MLETC) located at our Wilmington training facility. This is a highly specialized law enforcement-training program that provides maritime operation and police training with a variety of maritime certifications. We collaborate with the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Long Beach Police Department, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office, San Diego Harbor Police, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the California Parks Department of Boating and Waterways, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and others to present the MLETC program to municipal, county, state and federal officers.
On behalf of the dedicated members of the Los Angeles Port Police, be encouraged to visit America’s Port. Tour the historic Battleship IOWA, enjoy a meal at the world-class San Pedro Fish Market and Seafood Restaurant, be intrigued by the Cabrillo Aquarium, or walk the Wilmington Waterfront and San Pedro Public Market, at the nation’s historic gateway of commerce.
Thomas E. Gazsi
Chief of Police