Hillmann Named First Assistant Chief in Organization’s 101-year History

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — March 21, 2013 — The Port of Los Angeles today announced the appointment of 44-year law enforcement veteran Michael R. Hillmann as assistant chief of Los Angeles Port Police, a new post for the organization. Los Angeles Harbor Commission President Cindy Miscikowski swore Hillmann in during ceremonies at the Commission meeting.

“Attracting someone with as much expertise as Michael Hillmann is a coup for the Los Angeles Port Police,” said Chief Ronald Boyd. “We are fortunate to gain an individual whose law enforcement knowledge has been studied and applied around the world.”
Hillmann served 42 years of service with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), most recently as deputy chief. During his tenure with LAPD, he was assigned to a variety of commands that include Metropolitan Division, SWAT and Air Support Division. He was promoted from lieutenant to captain in 1996 and appointed deputy chief of police in 2002, later to implement and command the LAPD’s Special Operations Bureau.

After retiring from LAPD in 2008, Hillmann was selected as assistant sheriff for the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department, where he served until 2010. His commands included field and investigative operations, emergency preparedness, mutual aid coordination, special operations, critical incident management, airborne operations, counter-terrorism intelligence, and other investigative units.

Hillmann holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands, California in public service management. He is also a published author of several tactical articles addressing SWAT, crisis negotiation, critical incident decision making, airborne law enforcement operations, crowd management, and use of force.

The Los Angeles Port Police is one of the nation’s few police forces dedicated exclusively to seaport activities. Founded in 1911, the agency enforces all federal, state, and local laws applicable to Port responsibilities, including cargo protection, pollution investigation, vessel traffic control and narcotics interdiction.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port supports more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port.  A brighter future.