Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
September 15, 2009 For Immediate Release
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – To enhance security for the port of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement between the County’s Sheriff’s Department and the City of Los Angeles Port Police to provide new curriculum development, courses, and instruction for a specialized Maritime Officers Training Course.
With funding from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and its California Port and Maritime Security Grant Program, this will be one of the foremost and advanced courses of its type.
This action will improve law enforcement’s ability to prepare, protect, prevent, quickly respond to and recover from, natural and intentional disasters at the Los Angeles Port complex which encompasses 7,500 acres, 43 miles of waterfront and features 27 cargo terminals that handle almost 190 million metric revenue tons of cargo annually. Over 50 percent of cargo imported to the United States passes through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.