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Harbor Division Goals
Harbor Area Mission Statement
It is the mission of Harbor Area to help make this community a safer place to live and work. This will be accomplished by focusing on the reduction of crime, the reduction of the fear of crime and by enhancing the relationship between all segments of our community and the Police Department.
Harbor Community Overview
Harbor Area encompasses 27 square miles, which is the largest area in Operations South Bureau. The crime fighting and community activities of the Harbor Community Police Station play a vital role in the economic well being of not only the Harbor Area, but also the entire Los Angeles basin.
Harbor area is home to four distinct communities: San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City and the Harbor Gateway. Each of these communities possesses its own unique character. The residential communities in this area range from the very affluent South Shores area of San Pedro to the more economically challenged East Wilmington. Currently, Harbor Area ranks third lowest in the City in the category of Part 1 crimes.
The booming fishing industry of the 1940s and 50s, and the expansion of the Port of Los Angeles and the fledgling aircraft industry brought a mixture of European and Hispanic immigrants to the area. Their influence and culture are still strong even though those particular industries are no longer as prosperous as they once were. These cultural influences, coupled with strong family ties that encourage offspring to remain in the area, have created a large and diverse community with a small town flavor.
The United States military has always been an important presence in the Harbor Area, which is home to Los Angeles Air Force Base’s Fort MacArthur Annex and two additional military family housing annexes at White Point. Department of Defense Police Officers assigned to the 61st Security Forces Squadron patrol these facilities and work closely with L.A.P.D., Harbor Area officers to provide optimum police services and protection for this segment of our community. L.A.P.D. retains, however, an ongoing responsibility for ensuring the safety of these residents.
The economic diversity of the Harbor Area is as significant as the diversity of its residents. The Area is rich in both heavy and light industry and many of our residents enjoy the luxury of working and living in the same community. The Harbor Area is home to the Port of Los Angeles, which is a major employer. In addition, three major oil refineries, full-service shipyards, a major cruise ship terminal, fuel storage facilities and the Ports O’Call Village make the Harbor Area a major source of employment. Economically, the community remains strong. Major expansion of the Port has created hundreds of jobs for area residents. This expansion will continue into the future as projects like Alameda Transportation Corridor link the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to important rail terminals.
As Harbor Area moves into the second half of this decade and closer to the 21st Century, crime and quality of life issues will continue to be major concerns for local residents and business owners. However, there is reason for optimism. Residents of the Harbor Area continue to be very strong supporters of the Los Angeles Police Department. Their advocacy is demonstrated by their commitment to becoming involved. Volunteer Police workers continue to actively donate their time to the Area, contributing thousands of hours annually, allowing officers to concentrate more on crime fighting rather than administrative activities. In addition, community volunteers are very active in the Area’s Crisis Response Team and the Volunteer Surveillance Detail. Another indication of this community commitment to public safety is the more than 1,200 block captains and Community Police Representatives who work closely with the Senior Lead Officers to improve their neighborhoods.
As Harbor Area looks into the future, we recognize the need to become more involved in the youth of the community. Studies have indicated that the "baby boom" of the 1980s and 1990s will have a significant impact on law enforcement within the next 10 years. The potential impact of this forecast should not be ignored. In addition to traditional enforcement efforts, more emphasis will be placed on programs that address juvenile delinquency issues. An investment now will pay significant dividends in the future.