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Marijuana Trafficking Arrests Are Soaring at LAX

Advocates for cannabis decriminalization commonly argue that it will free up policing resources to focus on other, more serious offenses. But just over a year into California’s experiment with legalized marijuana, it appears that some cannabis-related crime has only increased, creating new challenges for law enforcement. Last month, the New York Times detailed how the […] Read More »

Police Week 2019

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as National Police Week. This symbolic act would set into motion a tradition, bringing together tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the globe to honor those who pay […] Read More »

Charting a New Path Forward

The battle over police use of force has taken a surprising turn. SB 230 and AB 392 — the state’s two competing use-of-force measures — are rivals no more. Lawmakers recently decided to link the two bills in an attempt to reach a compromise and bring law enforcement organizations and civil liberties advocates back to […] Read More »

Goodbye and Best Wishes

On April 22, Deputy Executive Director of Public Safety and Security Patrick M. Gannon announced his retirement from the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), effective May 25. Gannon has served as the Deputy Executive Director of Public Safety and Security at LAWA for the last six and a half years. Prior to that, he was LAWA’s […] Read More »

Understanding and Managing Law Officer Stress: Free Online Resource

By Tim Hardiman Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health conditions were first recognized decades ago in returning war veterans, but only recently have we begun to address their impacts on law enforcement officers at home. It is time to have an open a dialogue about stress and trauma to improve law officers’ quality of […] Read More »

Manning the Gates

On March 7, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department arrested a Bronx man who, after claiming to be a new airport employee who did not have his identification, pushed his way through a security checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Before the man could reach the secure area of the airport, TSA agents blocked him […] Read More »

UAS in the USA

Soon, deliveries sent via flying drones will be waiting for you when you come home from work. The next time your roof leaks, the roofer will send up a drone to analyze the problem. Want a bird’s-eye view picture of your summer barbecue? Up goes a drone. Technology is moving faster than most of us, […] Read More »