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Public Safety Press Releases

Statement from Chief Mark Stainbrook - Carotid Restraint

Listening to community feedback, the Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department joins our law enforcement partners throughout the county in discontinuing use of the carotid restraint. We operate with a culture of respect for all people and stand at the ready to listen, to learn, and to continue to protect and serve our great port community and member cities around San Diego Bay. - Chief Mark Stainbrook 

Statement from San Diego Chiefs' and Sheriff's Association

As President of the San Diego Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association, Chief Roxana Kennedy would like to send a unified message that all the following agencies have unanimously decided to discontinue the use of the carotid restraint hold effective immediately:

  • Carlsbad Police Department
  • Chula Vista Police Department
  • Coronado Police Department
  • El Cajon Police Department
  • Escondido Police Department
  • La Mesa Police Department
  • National City Police Department
  • Oceanside Police Department
  • San Diego Community College Police Department
  • San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
  • San Diego Harbor Police Department
  • San Diego Police Department
  • San Diego State University Police Department
  • San Diego Unified School District Police Department
  • University of San Diego Police Department

As San Diego County law enforcement leaders, we have listened to the concerns of our community and hope this action furthers positive dialogue. We are committed to improving the police profession and enhancing the trust of our community.

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.