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 »

Drones and Shutdown Disruptions Threaten Airport Security

With another drone scare bringing a major airport to a standstill and the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history impacting critical operations, 2019 has been off to a rough start for aviation security. On January 22, air-traffic controllers suspended flights at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey after two passenger planes reported unmanned […] Read More »

Wrapping Up Another Busy Year

Events at LAX, in the world of aviation security and throughout the entire field of law enforcement continued rapidly evolving in 2018, and LAAPOA was there to meet them head-on. Along with our partners in the American Alliance of Airport Police Officers (AAAPO), we stayed at the forefront of the manifold issues facing us, continuing […] Read More »