The Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department protects and serves the public on and along San Diego Bay and at the San Diego International Airport. Harbor Police officers are on the front lines of security and service, and police dispatch and public safety services occur 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the safekeeping of the public and our tenant partners, the Harbor Police Department offers a variety of current resources and updates to assist the community in staying safe and informed. This page will be updated periodically with messages from Chief Mark G. Stainbrook, crime trends and bulletins, and more to keep the public and tenants informed.
Hispanic Heritage Month 2021
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month we interviewed Officer Castro. Check out the video to find out why Officer Castro became a police officer and how that is related to her heritage.
Charter Vessel Regulations
Whale watching, sailing, sportfishing and other types of charter vessels are popular and great ways to enjoy San Diego Bay and to get out on the ocean. The Port of San Diego has updated its charter vessel regulations to help ensure San Diegans and visitors can enjoy their experience safely and are protected as consumers. The updated regulations also standardize the minimum requirements for charter operations and create a more even playing field for charter vessel businesses.
The Port’s charter vessel regulations are set forth in San Diego Unified Port District (UPD) Code Section 4.37 - Regulation of Charter Vessel Operations in San Diego Bay and District Tidelands. Click on the link below to learn more about the updated Port Code, which was approved by the Board of Port Commissioners on May 11, 2021.
Last Week On the Waterfront
Sept 27-Oct 3, 2021
9/28: Port of San Diego Harbor Police responded to a call of two subjects throwing rocks and swinging sticks at each other near Sally’s Restaurant in Seaport Village. Officers responded, detained both subjects and began an investigation. After reviewing video evidence one of the subjects was taken into custody for felony assault charges. The suspect became uncooperative and had to be placed in a Wrap Restraint device. The suspect was taken to a hospital for a mental health violation.
9/29: Port of San Diego Harbor Police received a call of a subject experiencing a mental health crisis and attempting to drown themselves near Seaport Village. Officers located the victim and were able to deescalate the situation. The victim was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
9/29: Port of San Diego Harbor Police were called for a possible Domestic Violence at the Wyndham Hotel. Officers located the subjects and began an investigation. After an investigation a subject was taken into custody for Domestic Violence. The San Diego Harbor Police Foundation was able to assist the victim and provide them with a free hotel room for the evening.
10/1: Port of San Diego Harbor Police responded to a call of a subject screaming in the restroom near the American Airlines ticket counter in Terminal 2 at the San Diego International Airport. Officers located the subject and attempted to contact them. The subject was uncooperative, and a minor use of force was used to take the subject into custody. Neither the subject nor officers were injured. The subject was found to be under the influence of narcotics and was taken into custody and transported to jail
10/3: Port of San Diego Harbor Police received a call for a subject attempting to climb the fence at the US Coast Guard Base. The subject fell from the fence, injuring their knee and damaging a security camera. Officers contacted the subject who refused to let go of a concrete pole or follow their commands. The subject requested a transport to the hospital for a mental health crisis. Medics arrived on scene and transported the subject to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. Officers escorted the medics to the hospital and placed the subject on a mental health hold.
10/3: Port of San Diego Harbor Police Officers responded to a call of a traffic collision on Broadway Pier. Officers arrived and observed that a vehicle had driven through two security gates and collided with a concrete barrier. The driver appeared to be experiencing a medical issue and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
10/3: Port of San Diego Harbor Police were dispatched to a vandalism in progress on Shelter Island. When officers contacted the suspect, they ran and were detained with a minor use of force. The suspect sustained a moderate injury and was transported to a hospital for treatment. An officer received a minor injury that was treated at the scene. The suspect was admitted to the hospital for their injury and high level of intoxication.
Port of San Diego Harbor Police Crime Statistics
|September 2020||September 2021||% Change|
|Crimes with Violence||11||13||18%|
|Calls Responded to||4515||5015||11%|
|YTD 2020||YTD 2021||% Change|
|Crimes with Violence||87||109||25%|
|Calls Responded to||N/A||43475||N/A|
Be on the Lookout (BOLO)
In law enforcement terms, BOLO is an acronym that stands for "be on the lookout." BOLOs are issued to police officers and include information on illegal activities. Harbor Police is listing our latest BOLOs here to help keep our tenant partners and the public informed, and we encourage anyone with information relating to a BOLO to contact us.
Contact Port of San Diego Harbor Police
Harbor Police dispatch and public safety services remain in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For all inquiries regarding citations, crime reports, or arrests reports created by the Harbor Police, please contact the records department at 619.686.6596 or email HPDrecordsrequest@portofsandiego.org.
For all general questions related to the Harbor Police Department, please call 619.686.6570.
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619.223.1133 or 9-1-1
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