Port of L.A. Receives $750,000 Security Grant

Underwater surveillance, hazardous materials response, visual surveillance and K-9 units slated for funds


SAN PEDRO, Calif. -- The Port of Los Angeles received $750,000 in security grants today from the California Office of Homeland Security, part of nearly $5 million awarded to ports around the state. This brings the total to $16.15 million in state and federal homeland security grants received by the Port of Los Angeles to date.

"We were very happy to hear the news from the governor," said Port Director of Operations and Emergency Management Noel Cunningham. "Our goal is to be one of the safest ports in America, and these funds will help us implement additional security measures."

Grant funds will be used to purchase, train and house two additional explosive detection K-9 police dogs. These K-9s are used primarily at the Port's cruise terminals and are on-call for all other Port properties.

Grant funds also will be used to purchase additional key equipment for the Port's underwater surveillance operations, hazardous materials response team, and visual surveillance operations.