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Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department is Recruiting, Hosting Open House

The Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department is hiring! Anyone interested in a career in law enforcement, or making a switch, is invited and encouraged to attend an upcoming open house to learn more about this unique public safety agency.
WHEN:       Wednesday, December 6, 2023
                   6 – 7:30 p.m. 
WHERE:    Port of San Diego Administration Building
                  3165 Pacific Highway
                  San Diego, CA 92101
WHAT:       The open house will include the following:

  • A presentation by the Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department and People Services Department 
  • Opportunity to engage with Harbor Police Officers, Dispatchers, and Community Service Officers
  • Q&A with Harbor Police Officers from several specialized units 

The Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department is one of the most specialized law enforcement agencies in the nation and is seen as a global leader in maritime and aviation public safety. Officers are trained to work vehicle and vessel patrol in and around San Diego Bay and at the San Diego International Airport. Officers rotate through these assignments, making it a dynamic work experience.

The Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department is a medium-sized police agency with numerous specialized teams and assignments. The agency fields a Dive Team, Maritime Tactical Team, Explosive Detection K9 Team, and has a full-time investigations unit. Port of San Diego Harbor Police Detectives work with the Maritime Task Force, Narcotics Task Force, Joint Terrorism Task Force, and Major Traffickers Task Force.

In addition to an exciting work environment, the starting salary for a Trainee is $86,529 per year and is just over $95,000 per year for Laterals. A pay increase is implemented after the Trainee successfully completes the academy. The Port also offers a competitive benefits and pension package. Starting in January 2024, health care premiums will be paid by the Port for all employees and their dependents. For more information about the Harbor Police Hiring Process, salaries, and benefits, go to

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.


Port of San Diego Public Safety protects and oversees the safety of our dynamic San Diego Bay waterfront—land and sea.

Port Public Safety is responsible for safeguarding waterfront parks and land, maintaining homeland security and collaborating with agency partners to deter crime locally and abroad. Through the Harbor Police Department, the Port provides for the safety of our communities and resources along San Diego Bay and at San Diego International Airport, and is seen as a global leader in maritime and aviation public safety.