The funds will be used for security system maintenance, along with expanding and enhancing physical and cyber security capabilities.

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The Long Beach Police Department was awarded a separate $1,118,250 grant, while the Long Beach Fire Department received $315,000 through the Port Security Grant Program.

More than 30 ports in the US received grants totaling $100 million. The funds are awarded every year on a competitive basis to protect commerce and strengthen security for maritime infrastructure and transportation.

Tracy Egoscue, President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, stated:

Maintaining security here is of vital importance to our local economy and the nation’s economy, and the Harbor Commission is appreciative of the federal funding for this effort.

For his part, Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, appreciated the funding, as it will enable the Port to service and replace critical systems .