On April 24, 2007, the Los Angeles Port Police conducted “sea trials” of their new SAFE Boat in Lake Tahoe. The boat testing coincided with the annual training conference of the California Boating Safety Officers Association (CBSOA).
As one of few police forces in the nation dedicated exclusively to 24-hour port activities, the Los Angeles Port Police are responsible for patrol and surveillance of the Port of Los Angeles and neighboring Harbor Area communities. As California peace officers, the Port Police enforce federal, state and local public safety statutes as well as environmental and maritime safety regulations. Highly regarded among specialized law enforcement agencies, the primary goal of the Port Police is to maintain the free flow of commerce and produce a safe, secure environment that promotes uninterrupted Port operations.
Los Angeles Port Police officers are responsible for enforcing all the laws and ordinances within the jurisdiction of the Port of Los Angeles, including its commercial operations, docks and marinas, recreational, residential and neighboring areas. Los Angeles Port Police Officers may also be involved with other programs such as participation in bicycle patrol, K-9, dive operations, sea marshal operations, detectives, or involvement in narcotics, cargo theft, or anti-terrorism task forces.
The California Boating Safety Officers Association was established in 1973 by a small group of officers that saw a need to improve the training and interaction between all of California's Boating Safety Officers. As of August 14, 2006, over 450 officers from over one hundred agencies and organizations are members of the CBSOA. The CBSOA provides members with three training seminars a year; a newsletter about boating safety officer interests; and, monitors and lobbies for or against legislation relating to boating safety interests.
You can visit the California Boating Safety Officers Association website here. And, the Los Angeles Port Police website here.
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