San Diego Bay was selected along with Washington’s Puget Sound to participate in a pilot port security program managed by the Department of Homeland Security, according to a press statement from the county of San Diego released Sept. 5.
The program that has already been launched in Washington involves the screening of small watercraft to detect radiological and nuclear threats. Targeted boats include fishing vessels, recreational boats and yachts, and towing craft.
No specific starting date was given for the three-year program, nor was the cost revealed.
“With our proximity to the international border and large military presence, it makes sense to invest technology and resources here,” said County Supervisor Ron Roberts. “We’re glad the Department of Homeland Security recognized San Diego’s strategic role by selecting the port as one of the first to participate.”
, Mike Allen