Members of the Los Angeles City Council on Monday called for recommendations to ensure that airport police are promptly notified of 911 emergency calls that come from Los Angeles International Airport — potentially a top target for terrorists.
The council's Public Safety Committee requested that the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department report back in July with ideas to resolve issues raised by the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Assn.
The group, which represents 425 officers, contends that the LAPD's 911 operators regularly notify LAPD officers of emergency calls related to LAX, but do not notify airport police who are usually closer to the scene and can respond faster.
Association President Marshall McClain says the situation presents safety and liability issues, especially on calls involving assaults, reports of weapons, medical emergencies, traffic accidents with injuries and terrorist-related activity. McClain wrote the committee's chairman, Councilman Greig Smith, in May requesting that something be done.