The Georgia Ports Authority Police Department (GPAPD) is the primary law enforcement agency for all properties owned and operated by the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA). The department is composed of certified peace officers, security personnel and civilian administrative staff members who work seamlessly to deliver high levels of professional services. The Authority’s police department is the primary first responder for all reported crimes and incidents occurring within its jurisdiction. Additionally, GPAPD is responsible for implementing and managing port-wide protective service functions, implemented to secure the Authority’s interest and to ensure compliance with all relevant provisions of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002. The department is committed to collaborative community engagement, essential for public safety and maritime security.
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