Chief Boyd



Chief of Los Angeles Port Police

Quote from Chief Boyd

"On behalf of the Los Angeles Port Police, welcome to the 2013 National Homeland Security Conference! 

This conference gives us all a unique opportunity to expand the "Exchange Principle" postulated by French Criminologist Edmond Locard. "Everywhere you go, you take something with you, and you leave something behind," is the premise behind Locard's theory.  This same idea applies as we exchange ideas, collective best practices that will strengthen our Regions.

Whether the task is protection of the Nation's largest port complex or improving public health and safety capabilities in areas where communities live and gather, we share common interests, experiences and ultimately challenges.  Let's use this conference to make contacts and share information that will make us better prepared and capable."

May 2012


Ronald J. Boyd was appointed Chief of the Los Angeles Port Police Department in November 2004.

                The agency currently employs 230 sworn and civilian, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011 with the opening of a new police headquarters. Exciting projects underway include the Nation’s first Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center, a partnership with the State of California and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The center will provide standardized training to law enforcement personnel engaged in waterborne activities. Port Police have been developing a public safety smartphone application, PortWATCH, designed to support mass notifications and emergency messaging along with the national “See Something, Say Something” suspicious activity reporting program sponsored by DHS.

                Chief Boyd has extensive experience in many aspects of tactical response to terrorist activities after training received from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles Police Department, California Highway Patrol and United States Coast Guard. While assigned to Los Angeles International Airport, he oversaw the development of tactical operations and formed strong relationships with law enforcement agencies. As a result, he is sought after to give presentations about innovative law enforcement projects in transportation safety and security matters in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa.

                Chief Boyd serves on the Executive Board of the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police, California Emergency Management Agency’s Curriculum Development Advisory Committee, Executive Committee of the Central California Area Maritime Security Committee, and is a voting member on the Urban Area Security Initiative Approval Authority (UASI). He is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and FBI National Academy Alumni Association. Chief Boyd is a recipient of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Achiever’s Award and served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Ray Charles Foundation.

"Sworn to protect, dedicated to serve."