Office of the Chief of Los Angeles Port Police

A Message from the Chief

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Since 1911, the Los Angeles Port Police have provided specialized law enforcement protection for the Port tof Los Angeles, the nation’s busiest container port. Nearly 2,000 vessels, including containerships, cruise ships, tankers, breakbulk carriers, auto carriers and refrigerated cargo vessels come through the Port each year. Nearly 100 trains arrive and depart daily, moving commerce along with the thousands of trucks that deliver goods throughout the nation.
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 ensure business continuity, the Los Angeles Port Police provide 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 also provide the west coast's only Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center (MLETC) — 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, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California Parks Department of Boating and Waterways, 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 take a stroll at Wilmington Waterfront Park — all at our nation’s premier gateway for international commerce.

Thomas E. Gazsi
Chief of Los Angeles Port Police