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Santa Monica Community Police Academy – Harbor Patrol

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The final class of the Santa Monica Community Police Academy was held in the most beautiful classroom I have ever seen. No, there’s not a “luxury room” hidden away at the police station somewhere, we were learning about the Harbor Patrol Unit while on the ocean!

  • The Harbor Patrol Unit is a non-sworn, civilian unit made up of both full time and part time employees. Yes, the Harbor Patrol technically works for the police department, but a lot of what they do isn’t like “cop stuff” at all.
  • The Harbor Patrol’s main job is to respond to water emergencies. That can include recreational boats, commercial boats, kayaks, long distance swimmers, etc.
  • They also are responsible for maintaining buoys.
  • SMPD Harbor Patrol is part of the LAX Air/Sea Disaster Preparedness Plan.

  • To be part of the Harbor Patrol unit you need to be both an EMT and a scuba/rescue diver with at least 1 year life guarding experience in open water.
  • The EMT part is due to the amount of time it takes to get someone off a boat and on to dry land if there is a medical emergency.
  • Traffic being what it is, they are often the first responders to medical emergencies on the Santa Monica pier.

  • Harbor Patrol responds to deck fires on boats “quite often,” mostly from people smoking cigarettes.
  • The other call they respond to a lot is people who have fallen/jumped off the pier.
  • Harbor Patrol operates mostly at the Santa Monica pier & surrounding area, but will respond outside of Santa Monica city limits if a distress call is sent and they could get there before any other responders would.
  • SMPD’s main boat is a Seaway and is almost identical to lifeguard boats. (5 ft shorter, but with a bigger gate.)

This is the part where I just admit I have entirely too few ‘bullet points’ to justify what is entirely too many photos for one post.

I guess I think of the Harbor Patrol officers as one part diver and one part EMT, blended thoroughly and served up in a police crust.

I made a dumb video.

I’m sure there are some palm trees in there somewhere…

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Santa Monica looks like a postcard come to life.

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What is it called when you’re on vacation but don’t leave town? A “stay-cation?” It really wasn’t my vacation, I had an out-of-town guest, but it felt like a vacation to me.

We went to Disneyland

We we lucky to have another gorgeous day when we went to the beach

We went sightseeing up in Griffith Park

We also did a lot of visiting, eating yummy food, and laughing & reminiscing. So I didn’t actually go far, but I had a great vacation regardless.

Photos, Old and New

Photos from the last however-long-since-my-last-photo-post.

I had to pull out an old hard drive for something recently, and I took a look at some old photos that were saved on it.

I had a lovely Fourth of July!

Photo post: Pacific Coast Highway

Is there anything better on a gorgeous southern California day than jumping in the car with a bunch of friends, a camera, and no set time you have to be home? I can’t think of much else I’d rather be doing…

Photo post: Random

These are random images, all different subjects over a long period of time. Most were taken with my cell phone.