Sheriff describes tension between Port Security, Harbor Patrol security guards

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell 


By Bill Hetherman, City News Service

LOS ANGELES >> Sheriff Jim McDonnell testified Monday that when he served as the Long Beach police chief, he found that both sides contributed to the ongoing tension between officers of the Port Security Unit and security guards with the Harbor Patrol.

“There was blame on both sides of this thing,” McDonnell said. “It was like a high school locker room, to be honest. It was very embarrassing to both.”

Los Angeles County’s sheriff added, “It was not the conduct I would have expected from professionals.”

McDonnell testified in the Los Angeles Superior Court trial of retired LBPD Sgt. Timothy O’Hara’s lawsuit against the city, filed in September 2013. The 53-year-old former Navy SEAL alleges he was subjected to relentless scrutiny and ostracized for alerting superiors to overtime violations by the Harbor Patrol, which is a separate entity from the Police Department.  CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE