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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Former Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Patrick Gannon has been named chief of the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, officials said. The 34-year LAPD veteran, whose assignments included running South Bureau Operations and Detective Bureau, will now oversee the fourth-largest law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County, with more than 1,100 law enforcement, security and staff members. The agency is responsible for policing the Los Angeles International, L.A./Ontario International and Van Nuys airports, as well as the city of Los Angeles' Palmdale aviation property.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Citing a $1.6-billion investment in security measures since 9/11, a study released Wednesday concludes that Los Angeles International Airport is much safer today but still needs to improve emergency management, the security of its facilities and the airport police force. The report, from a panel of experts created last year by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, leveled some of its strongest criticism at the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department. Panelists questioned the leadership of Chief George Centeno, cited a lack of accountability, and referred to continuing and disruptive tensions with the Los Angeles Police Department, which helps patrol LAX. The report broached the idea of creating a single airport police agency, a move the experts believe could improve operations and resolve many long-standing problems.
TRAVEL
September 30, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
It's a Thursday evening, and the landing lights of incoming LAX flights glow like torches from Westchester to the San Gabriels. Torch one, 200 lives suspended in air. Torch two, 500. Torch three, 350 awaiting their return to loved ones, bosses, business meetings, auditions and, for many, the soul-saving comfort of their own pillows. This high-wire act is more than just symbolic of the seventh-busiest airport in the world. It speaks to the risks involved, the importance of procedure, the crushing, timed-to-the-minute routine.
TRAVEL
June 12, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Travelers usually try to get in and get out of Los Angeles International Airport as quickly as possible. Who wouldn't? But in their haste, here are 25 things they might have missed: Full-body scanners were deployed late last year after it was revealed that contraband items were slipping past Transportation Security Administration screeners. LAX has 22 of the big machines, each monitored by a worker in a separate room so the revealing images remain out of view. If a luggage scanner alarm goes off, a yellow bar on the monitor directs a TSA worker to the area in the luggage where the suspicious material is. Chocolate and cheese commonly trigger the machines, because the two foods have the same density as explosives.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, was due in a Manhattan court Sunday to be arraigned on sexual assault charges. Strauss-Kahn was hauled off a flight about to leave JFK Airport for Paris on Saturday and arrested on allegations of attacking a maid at a luxury Times Square-area hotel, a New York police spokesman said. Strauss-Kahn, also an important figure in French politics, was taken to the Harlem headquarters of the Manhattan Special Victims Unit, which investigates rape and other sex crimes.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, was hauled off a flight about to leave JFK airport for Paris on Saturday and arrested on allegations he sexually assaulted a maid in a Times Square-area hotel, a police spokesman said. Strauss-Kahn, who is also an important figure in French politics, was taken to the Harlem headquarters of the Manhattan Special Victims Unit, which investigates rape and other sex crimes. He was charged with committing a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment in connection with a sexual assault on a chambermaid in the luxury suite of a midtown Manhattan hotel, said Paul Browne, deputy New York City police commissioner.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, was hauled off a flight about to leave JFK airport for Paris on Saturday to be questioned about allegations he sexually assaulted a maid in a Times Square-area hotel, a police spokesman said. Update, Sunday 12:07 a.m.: IMF leader arrested and charged Strauss-Kahn, who is also an important figure in French politics, was taken to the Harlem headquarters of the Manhattan Special Victims Unit, which investigates rape and other sex crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2010 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
One current and two former Los Angeles Airport Police officers have filed a lawsuit accusing department officials of discriminating against white officers and giving black officers preferential treatment in promotions and disciplinary action. The suit, filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that black officers were promoted over whites despite receiving lower scores on promotional exams and that white officers were disciplined more harshly for misconduct compared with black officers facing similar accusations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A man whose head was covered in a bag and whose hands were bound was found dead Wednesday morning in a restroom at Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said. Airport police were called to the bathroom shortly before 8 a.m. and found a body slumped in a stall, according to sources familiar with the case. They called the Los Angeles Police Department, which dispatched detectives from the Robbery-Homicide Division. The sources said it was not immediately clear if the death was a suicide or a homicide, but Los Angeles police said a preliminary investigation indicates the man possibly killed himself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn on Wednesday called for an audit of security at Los Angeles International Airport in the wake of assertions by a local police group that the passenger terminals have become more vulnerable to terrorist attack since 9/11. Hahn chairs the council's Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, which is reviewing claims by the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Assn. that staff reductions and shifting budget priorities have compromised their ability to protect the nation's third-busiest airport.
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