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»FEATURE Port Fourchon uses the GLPC-C4 system in a number of situations. (Photos courtesy of Port Fourchon) PARTNERS IN FIGHTING CRIME Port Fourchon's Harbor Police and IT staff team up to enhance security and disaster response with the GLPC-C4 Maritime Domain Awareness System. By Sarah Sain M ore and more these days, port police are working hand in hand with a previously unlikely partner: the port's IT department. As technology plays a larger role in fighting crime in general, these two groups find themselves at the same table as port police utilize sophisticated surveillance and monitoring systems and IT staff take on a more active support role. One port in particular - Port Fourchon in southern Louisiana - has shown how this teamwork can pay dividends when it comes to day-to-day security issues, as well as a large-scale disaster response. Port Fourchon formed the Harbor Police in 1972, and the office originally included just Chief Mac Picou. Some years later, he hired one officer to asset with patrols. Today, Harbor Police consists of 16 sworn officers under Harbor Police Chief Jon Callais 18 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE who protect and serve the port's interests and employees. On any given day, Port Fourchon has more than 6,000 workers on land and services approximately 15,000 workers offshore. Its jurisdiction covers the lower part of Lafourche Parish with roughly 35,000 residences. Its size alone creates challenges for the force. "Our biggest day to day challenge is patrolling the land and water in and around our port," Callais said. "More than 250 companies and nearly 300 vessels moving through Port Fourchon each day keep us very busy." Today, Harbor Police works closely with U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs & Border Protection. Regionally, it also works with Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, Lafourche Parish Government, Louisiana State Police, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Harbor Police and USCG's Area Maritime Security Group plan regular drills and exercises to train officers for a variety of crisis situations, and the force is all certified based on the state's Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) requirements. Callais said the port also stays up to date on the latest law enforcement technologies and tools, which can help the officers do their jobs more effectively. Many of those tools, including Automatic Identification Systems and radar systems, in-car video and computers, and 24/7 camera feeds, are available in large part because of the port's IT department. "Most of these technologies we didn't have in the past," Callais said. "We solve more crimes with cameras than with patrols these days. All of the intersections

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Summer 2014

Aapa Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
In Case of Emergency
Extreme Weather
Plug-Ins Enabled
Partners in Fighting Crime
Her Path Leads to Ports
U.S. Needs New Transportation Law that Improves Quality of Life, Economy
Crisis at the Port: Planning Ahead Makes the Difference
Superstorms and Rising Sea Level Present a New Challenge for Ports
Aapa Port Employee Relief Fund a Helping Hand for Those in Need
Toronto Emergency Departments Hold Joint Ice and Cold Water Training Exercises
New Sonar Solution to Protect Aruba Ports Authority
Preparedness, Resiliency and Responsiveness in Mexico
Cat Islands Restoration Strengthens the Resiliency of Port of Green Bay, Local Environment
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Summer 2014