The following is a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has recently drafted and implemented a maritime security strategic plan designed to develop and guide LDWF's Law Enforcement Division toward an enhanced role in port and maritime security for Louisiana. The "Louisiana Maritime Security Five Year Strategic Plan" can be found at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/publicservices/enforcement.
This strategic plan outlines the Law Enforcement Division's role in further advancing coordination efforts and response capabilities between LDWF, Louisiana State Police (LSP), Governor's Office of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and other federal, state and local governments to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of maritime safety and security for Louisiana. The implementation of this plan will assist with building a secure environment that protects the public and the economic stability of the maritime industry.
As a part of the plan, LDWF's Law Enforcement Division formed the Louisiana Maritime Security Working Group (LMSWG) to provide a forum for communication and coordination at the state level between the multiple regional layers of security within the maritime environment. The first LMSWG meeting took place on Nov. 17, 2009 with the next one scheduled for March 24, 2010 in Baton Rouge.
LDWF's Law Enforcement Division agents possess maritime knowledge, skills and abilities that are critical to the maritime and port security effort. Their personnel and equipment are uniquely prepared to integrate with other agencies to provide a proactive response for a safe and secure maritime environment.