The 2017 Flight Path Speaker Series kicks off on Tuesday, February 28 at 10 a.m. with a first-ever program spotlighting Los Angeles Airport Police, presented by Public Information Officer Rob Pedregon.
“With more than 1,100 law enforcement and civilian personnel, Airport Police is one of the most significant and visible groups of airport employees,” said Flight Path President Lynne Adelman. “Officer Pedregon will help us better understand their intensive training and varied responsibilities plus the special challenges they face in protecting the traveling public.”
Los Angeles Airport Police traces its origins back 70 years to 1946 when commercial airline operations were beginning at what is now LAX, following military control of the airport during World War II. The initial workforce included six armed officers and one supervisor. The group expanded slowly over the years, with major growth occurring after the expanded “Jet Age” LAX central terminal complex opened in 1961.
Today’s officers not only are responsible for protecting the airport and its passengers, but also for working cooperatively on a daily basis with a number of other law enforcement agencies at LAX. These include Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles Police Department and several more.
In addition to regular armed officers, Airport Police also includes approximately 400 unarmed security officers. These officers handle traffic control, parking enforcement and certain airfield security duties.The February 28 presentation at Flight Path, like all Speaker Series programs, is open to the public. Admission and parking are free.