Private Security for Public Parks? No — Arming Park Rangers Is the Cost-Effective, Commonsense Solution

LAAPOA reiterates our ongoing call to arm Los Angeles park rangers as news surfaces that City Councilmember Mike Bonin, who voted against a measure that would do just that, has instead hired armed private security guards to protect his own Council District 11 office from unsafe conditions in adjacent Westchester Park. The Westside Current reported […] Read More »

Understanding President Biden’s Police Reform Executive Order

The historic executive order (EO) signed by President Joe Biden on May 25 regarding police accountability mandates measures for all federal law enforcement agencies and is advisory for state and local agencies. Watch Biden’s press conference here: The use-of-force standards set forth in the EO largely follow the lead of California, adopting a necessary standard (consistent with Graham v. Connor) and the de-escalation policies set forth in SB 230. On behalf of PORAC — a statewide partner of LAAPOA — David E. Mastagni worked with PORAC’s leadership to develop recommendations for consideration in the order. Read More »

Keeping Vigilant

On Wednesday, May 25, President Joe Biden issued a long-awaited executive order on law enforcement reform. The order creates a national registry of officers fired for misconduct and encourages state and local police to tighten restrictions on chokeholds and so-called no-knock warrants. It also restricts the transfer of military equipment to law enforcement agencies and […] Read More »

Paying Tribute to Fallen Heroes

Today is the first day of National Police Week. Ever since 1962, when President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as National Police Week, our nation’s law enforcement community has come together throughout the month of May to remember the officers we […] Read More »

LAAPOA Endorses Anne Marie Schubert for California AG

The Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association (LAAPOA) is proud to announce its endorsement of Anne Marie Schubert in the 2022 California attorney general race.   As the Sacramento County district attorney since 2014, Schubert has brought justice to families around the state by locking up some of California’s most violent and dangerous criminals. Throughout her […] Read More »

LAAPOA Endorses Alex Villanueva for L.A. County Sheriff

After careful consideration, the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association (LAAPOA) Board of Directors has unanimously voted to endorse Alex Villanueva for re-election as the sheriff of Los Angeles County. A retired Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) lieutenant with nearly 35 years of experience serving our communities, Villanueva defeated Jim McDonnell in the 2018 election […] Read More »

The Latest on Using Information Obtained During a “Compelled” Internal Affairs Interview

By David E. Mastagni and Taylor Davies-Mahaffey  In the case State v. Ward, 361 Ga.App. 684 (2021), the defendant was a former police officer in Georgia who was convicted of child molestation. Prior to being prosecuted for the offense, his police employer conducted an internal affairs investigation into the child molestation allegations. As part of the internal affairs investigation, […] Read More »

The Layover With LAAPOA, Episode 4: Meet Anne Marie Schubert

In the newest episode of The Layover With LAAPOA video podcast, LAAPOA President Marshall McClain sits down with Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, who is currently running for California attorney general in the 2022 election. Schubert is a career prosecutor with 31 years of experience in working with law enforcement. In her decades of […] Read More »