Collaborative Effort between Port Police and L.A. County Sheriff’s Department

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — June 4, 2009 — A state-certified Maritime Officers Training Program approved today by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission will be developed jointly by Los Angeles Port Police and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to help establish consistent incident response protocols.  The goal of the course is to establish consistency of maritime training throughout the state. 
The Maritime Officers Training Program will ensure that all port-based maritime law enforcement officers are uniformly trained in all aspects of port security and anti-terrorism.  The course is aimed at enhancing officer safety and Port security and is being funded through State of California Proposition 1B funding.

“This new maritime educational offering will establish the Port of Los Angeles as the premier maritime training academy in the country”, said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D.  “It puts our port on the map as an international leader with respect to port and maritime security.”

Presently, Port police officers do undergo training on maritime enforcement but there are few educational options that are state certified.  The new program involves 120-220 hours of classroom instruction and field exercise.

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