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Port of San Diego Harbor Police Officers Showcase Maritime Law Enforcement Specialties in Public Training Demonstration

For the first time in its 57-year history, the Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department held a live, public training demonstration on San Diego Bay to showcase its maritime law enforcement specialties. The event, held Thursday, June 13, 2019 on Broadway Pier along the Embarcadero on North Harbor Drive in San Diego, featured the Harbor Police Department’s SWAT/Maritime Tactical (MARTAC), K9 and dive teams and its officers’ maritime firefighting training.

View and/or download event video and photos here. (Please note, in order to increase audience understanding, allow for narration, and ensure a safe training environment, the officers performed their skills at reduced speeds.)

The demonstration included a MARTAC team intervention (a MARTAC team is a SWAT team that operates in a marine environment), coordinated vessel firefighting and a simulated dive team rescue – all taking place on a training vessel adjacent to Broadway Pier. In addition to the live action demonstration, there was also a live K9 presentation, Vehicle Command Center tours and a Harbor Police recruit information booth.

“This event was a good way to build awareness for the diverse, highly skilled men and women of the Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department who protect and oversee our San Diego Bay waterfront – air, land and water,” said Chief Mark Stainbrook, Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department. “Whether you’re out enjoying a day on San Diego Bay or the waterfront, or flying in and out of the San Diego Airport, Harbor Police officers are at the ready.”

With 22 public parks, five public piers, 20 hotels, dozens of restaurants, cargo and cruise ship terminals and thousands of marine vessels on and around San Diego Bay, Harbor Police officers are charged with keeping the community safe for those who live and work in the San Diego region, and for visitors from around the world. They:

  • patrol San Diego Bay and the surrounding waterfront, including the San Diego Airport;
  • are marine firefighters, trained and ready to douse vessel fires on the bay;
  • help protect the public from human and drug traffickers and terrorists;
  • are specially trained in search and rescue, evidence and body recovery, underwater explosive detection, vehicle recovery and many other surface and underwater capabilities;
  • are trained in explosives and narcotics detection; and more.

The event was held in coordination with the San Diego Harbor Police Foundation. For more information about the functions of the Harbor Police Department in all aspects of maritime public safety on San Diego Bay, 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.