SAN PEDRO, Calif. - December 15, 2016 -The Port of Los Angeles has appointed Michael Graychik as its new deputy chief of police. Graychick was sworn in to his new position at today’s Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners meeting.

In his new role, Graychik will oversee emergency management, marine and patrol, and support service operations at the Los Angeles Port Police. He will also serve as a member of the Port Police executive team and report to Port Police Chief Tom Gazsi.

“Micheal has been an integral and invaluable part of the Port Police team for thirty years,” said Chief Gazsi. “His knowledge and understanding of our operations is second-to-none, making him uniquely qualified to take on this new leadership role at our port— the largest trade gateway in the U.S.”

Graychik has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience. He started his career as an officer at Los Angeles World Airports. In 1986 he transferred to the Port of Los Angeles and has held numerous positions during his three decades of service at the Port.

“I’m excited about my new role on the force and the new responsibilities that the position will entail,” said Graychik. “The safety of our port and its surrounding communities remains the Port Police’s utmost priority, and being able to play a leadership role in that effort is a privilege and an honor.”

Deputy Chief Graychik is a recent graduate of the FBI’s National Academy and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Leadership Program. He and his wife Danielle currently reside in the Inland Empire and have four grown children and one grandchild.

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 innovatively strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $270 billion in trade during 2015. Port operations and commerce facilitate more than 133,000 jobs (about one in 14) in the City of Los Angeles and 479,000 jobs (or one in 18) in the five-county Southern California region. The San Pedro Bay Ports support nearly 1 million California jobs and 2.8 million nationwide.