Los Angeles World Airport System
Law Enforcement Consulting Services

CTI completed a Unified Command study between the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department (LAWAPD) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).  The primary goals of the project included assessing the existing overall police services at LAX, assessing the current unified command structure of police services between the LAWAPD and the LAPD with respect to police services at LAX, and to provide recommendations that would optimize the overall security program of the Airport through the better use of LAWAPD and LAPD resources, including addressing those issues involved with a possible merger of the two organizations.

Major tasks completed by CTI as a requirement of this study included:

  1. A study of existing organizational structures of LAWAPD and LAPD as they relate to LAX and other law enforcement agencies at LAX including: Mission Capabilities, Response Capabilities to Major Incidents, Tactical Capabilities, Operational Issues, Procedures, Protocols, Training, Personnel Policies, Union Issues, and Community Expectations.
  2. An examination of other airport law enforcement organizational structures.
  3. Identification and analysis of potential organizational structures resulting from a merger.
  4. Development of estimates of cost for both agencies regarding a merger.
  5. Recommendation of an organizational model based on analysis and discussions with all parties.

Primary areas that CTI evaluated included:

  1. A cost analysis of having overlapping municipal law enforcement agencies at LAX.
  2. An analysis of current training – type of training, level of training, and frequency of training related to the Airport (LAPD and LAWAPD).
  3. Assessment and identification of current mission and mandates of the LAWAPD and their ability to achieve them.
  4. The ability of the law enforcement entities at LAX (LAWAPD, LAPD, FAA, FBI, TSA, CHP, Department of Homeland Security, DEA, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, etc.) to respond to major incidents.
  5. Report on the response protocols of the relevant law enforcement agencies at LAX and any deficiencies in command, control, and communications between overlapping agencies at LAX.
  6. Report on the need for tactical response capabilities at LAX and recommend the most effective method of deploying those resources.
  7. Report on the community expectations as to the delivery of law enforcement and security services and whether the LAWAPD or the LAPD are best able to deliver services that meet those expectations.