Georgia Ports Authority’s Police Department was established in 1945 to provide law enforcement and protective services on all properties owned and operated by the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA). This includes a one-mile concurrent jurisdiction around those properties located in coastal Georgia, where GPA’s deepwater terminals are located. The department derives statutory authority from Title 52, Chapter 2, of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.), specifically OCGA 52-2-9(22) and OCGA 52-2-10.
The Georgia Ports Authority Police Department is recognized as a state-certified law enforcement agency, through the Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Program (GLECP), which is administered by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP). Currently, less than twenty percent of Georgia’s seven hundred plus law enforcement agencies are GLECP certified. The program establishes professional law enforcement standards for Georgia’s agencies and certification acknowledges the effective implementation of sound policies and procedures by departments adhering to public safety best practices.
The Georgia Ports Authority Police Department (GPAPD) is committed to providing the highest quality public safety services to the GPA community, our municipal and county neighbors, state and federal partner agencies, and the citizens of the great State of Georgia.
The mission of the Georgia Ports Authority Police Department is to provide quality police services, rooted in the principles of professionalism and community collaboration, while supporting the Authority’s broader mission of safe, secure, and efficient facilitation of global commerce.
Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002
Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on our nation, Congress enacted the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, or “MTSA” as it is commonly referred. This new law (MTSA), compelled the completion of new maritime security assessments, development of security plans, and implementation of security measures and procedures, designed to reduce risk and to mitigate the exposure of our nation’s ports and waterways to terrorist activity. The Ports Authority Police department is responsible for compliance and enforcement of its U.S. Coast Guard approved Facility Security Plan (FSP), as prescribed in 33 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 105 (33 CFR, Part 105). These security requirements include screenings for dangerous devices and substances; restrictive access controls measures, proactive patrols, monitoring of the facilities and surrounding areas for suspicious activity, training, information sharing and multilevel collaboration.
The Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is a voluntary program led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection focused on improving security from point of origination and throughout the global supply chain to point of distribution. Georgia Ports Authority is a CTPAT certified partner with GPAPD personnel designated as primary points of contact. Any identified breaches of supply chain security should be reported immediately to GPA Police for investigation and CBP notification.
Police Administration: (912) 964-3925
Police Investigations: (912) 965-2772
Non-emergency Police Dispatch: (912) 963-5588
Emergency: (912) 964-3911
Savannah Credentialing Center: (912) 963-5539
Brunswick Credentialing Center: (912) 280-6943