The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners Thursday authorized a contract for the construction of a new airport police facility at Los Angeles International Airport.

The Airport Police Division of Los Angeles World Airports currently operates out of nine separate locations separated by six miles, which poses challenges to the force’s operations and emergency response, according to LAWA. The new facility will co-locate many of the APD’s functions onto one site and, once completed, will be one of the largest police facilities in the state.

“This new airport police facility will consolidate most of our policing functions and responsibilities under one state-of-the-art roof and allow us to be more efficient and creative in how the men and women of the Los Angeles Airport Police do their jobs,” said Patrick Gannon, deputy executive director for safety and security at LAWA. “By bringing together our personnel, we will be able to better coordinate responses to incidents, improve our intradepartmental training, and utilize cutting-edge law enforcement technologies and practices.”

The contract was awarded to Hansel Phelps Construction Company, and the new facility expected to be open in 2021.

“The men and women of the Los Angeles Airport Police Department are grateful to the Board of Airport Commissioners and Los Angeles World Airports CEO Deborah Flint for supporting our new airport police facility, which will allow us to reach an even higher level of service to our community,” said David Maggard, chief of police for the Los Angeles Airport Police. “We are incredibly excited about this new facility, as it will allow us to bring together sworn and civilian staff from nine different locations, creating a model for how personnel integration, state-of-the-art technology, and best practices in design can improve how we protect the public and our airport.”

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