Port Police Division
The Division was established on December 17, 2001, in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Homeland Security priorities require a 24-hour, 7-day-per-week law enforcement presence on land and on water to protect the second busiest port in the nation. The port is vital to the US economy and approximately 41 percent of the nation's goods are processed through the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
Currently, the Port Security Unit provides law enforcement on all Long Beach waterways, land-side patrols, conduct cruise line and ship escorts, assist recreational vessels, conduct ship sea marshaling and deployment of police dive personnel. The Port Security Unit works closely with the United States Coast Guard and surrounding law enforcement agencies to complete its mission.
The Long Beach Police Dive Team was created five years ago to provide underwater security for the Port of Long Beach. The Team enhances and compliments the many security systems the Port has put in place both above and below the waterline since 9/11.
Over the last five years the Team has developed into one of the most technically advanced Public Safety Dive Teams in the Nation. With the use of Port Security Grants, the Port has equipped the Police Dive Team with the industries top underwater sonar systems, navigation, documentation, breathing systems and training.
The Team works closely with other public safety dive teams in the Southern California area to provide underwater assets to detect, deter and respond to any man made or natural incident that would result in a disruption in trade moving through the Port. The Team is part of an eleven agency response team that could respond to either the Port of Long Beach or Los Angeles if the need arises. These teams include local, state and federal dive teams that consistently train to mitigate any underwater threat to the port complex.
The Team consists of two Long Beach Police Sergeants and ten police officers who are part of the team as a collateral duty assignment. The Team is the law enforcement component of the larger, Long Beach Public Safety Dive Team, which includes the Fire Department as the rescue component. These two departments are cross trained in each others procedures and equipment. When necessary each team is available to assist the other in the event of an immediate response or large scale operation.