A targeted multi-agency law enforcement initiative, Operation Safe Passage, will be conducted at the Port of Miami for four days leading up to the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks. The Miami-Dade Police Department Seaport Operations Section, along with federal, state, and local partners, are conducting the special operation to heighten law enforcement presence at the Port throughout the weekend.
"Public safety and security are top priority at the Port of Miami," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "Over the past decade federal, state and local authorities have worked together to ensure ports and waterways are safe and secure. As we observe the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, all levels of security have been heightened at our Port."
Law enforcement agencies participating in Operation Safe Passage include Port of Miami Seaport Enforcement Specialists, the Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Department Marine and Air Units, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Coast Guard Investigative Service, Federal Air Marshall Service, Transportation Security Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the Florida Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida East Coast Railroad Police, and the City of Miami Police.
"We have greatly increased security at the Port of Miami since 9/11," said Port Director Bill Johnson. "Several key security initiatives include water surveillance and detection, new security gates, radiation portal detectors, and credentialing/access control."
Johnson said the Port of Miami is rated among the top ports in the nation for public safety and security.
For more information about the Port of Miami please visit: www.miamidade.gov/portofmiami.