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Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center (MLETC)

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Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center (MLETC)

300 E. Water Street Wilmington, CA  90744
(855) MLETC-LA / (855) 653-8252

The Port of Los Angeles, in partnership with the State of California Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has developed the country’s first Maritime Training Center specifically designed to train state and local law enforcement personnel. The course offerings are based on Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) curricula and have been jointly developed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Port Police, Long Beach Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department, and FLETC staff.

Maritime law enforcement training focus provides basic to advanced instruction for crew members on law enforcement and public safety vessels operated by local authorities. Coursework includes boat handling, charting, navigation rules, vessel boarding, arrest procedures, vessel identification, searches, and counterterrorism practices. Most courses are California Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified and consistent with current training doctrine. Courses are available to municipal, county, state, or federal law enforcement and military personnel who require maritime skill sets to perform their duties.

All training is conducted at the new Port of Los Angeles Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center (MLETC). MLETC training staff is comprised of members of the Los Angles Port Police, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department, and Long Beach Police Department. It is augmented by a variety of local, state, and federal agency staff, including the United States Coast Guard. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center courses are taught by FLETC-trained and certified-MLETC instructors.

Initial funding for course development and facility upgrades was provided through state and federal grants. Continued funding will be provided by a combination of student tuition and grant funds.

The Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex is an ideal location for this type of facility due to generally optimal weather conditions, the excellent federal, state, county and municipal training cadre, and access to local resources. The doctrine and strategies taught at the MLETC in areas, such as Maritime Interoperability and Small Vessel Security, fill a critical gap in maritime tactical training at the state and local levels.

It is a true testament to interagency cooperation when agencies, at all levels of government, come together to fill a gap such as this. By dedicating this beautiful state-of-the-art facility and significant personnel resources to the endeavor, the Port of Los Angeles has demonstrated its commitment to maritime safety and security. This commitment and the multi-agency cooperation towards curriculum development ensure that this facility is the best of its kind in the world.

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