Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) on Wednesday announced the appointment of law-enforcemnent veteran Patrick Gannon as Chief of LAWA’s Airport Police Division. Chief Gannon will be responsible for law enforcement and security at Los Angeles International (LAX) LA/Ontario International (ONT) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports as well as LAWA’s aviation-related property in Palmdale. He will report directly to LAWA Deputy Executive Director for LAw Enforecemnet and Homeland Security Arif Alikhan.
Also announced was the appointment of Michael T. Hyams as the new Deputy Chief of Airport Pokce where where he will serve as second in command.
Gannon retired from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) last summer after 34 years of service, of which 12 years were at the executive management level. At the time of his retirement, he was serving as deputy chief and commanding officer of LAPD’s Operations-South Bureau. This bereau served 800,000 residents in South Los Angeles with 1,700 sworn employees and 150 civilian employees. In this assignment, Gannon was responsible for overseeing all law-enforcement services delivered by four commuunity police stations, a traffic division, and a homicide division.
In his new position as Chief of Airport Police, Gannon will lead the fourth largest law enforcement agancy in Los Angles County with more than 1,100 law enforcement, securyit and staff personnel. Airport Police officers and Civilian Security Officers are assigned to a wide range of law enforcement and sucurity unctions including police patrols, exposives detection, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, dignitary protection, regulatory enforcement, access control, counter-terrorism, infrastructure protection, and tactical response.
“I am thrilled that Pat Gannon will be the next chief of the Los Angleels Airport Plice,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “Pat served the Los Anglels Police Department swith distinction for 34 years, and surpervised over 1,700 employees. He understands policing, understands homeland security, and understands the importancce of policing while seriving the interests of the community. The Los Angelels Airport Police and the LAX community are fortunate to have such a distinguised law enforcement expert to be its next chief.
“As a 15-year veteran of the LAPD, and member of the Public Safety Committee and the Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, I can say with complete confidence that Pat Gannon is the right person for this job. With over three decades of experience in the LAPD, Pat’s leadership of the Airport Police will ensure LAX. LA/Ontario and Van Nuys airports will be safe, secure and prepared to confront the modern security challenges of the 21st century,” said Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino, who was recruited to the LAPD by Gannon over 15 years ago.
LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said, “Our core business is to run our three airports safely and efficiently. Public safety is our number one prority and the appointment of Chief Gannon will help us continue to meet that goal,” said Gina Marie Lindsey, LAWA Executive Director.
Gannon graduated from California State AUniversity, Dominguez Hills with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and from the University of Southern Califrnia with a master’s degree in Public Administration. He has also successfully completed the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston and the West Point Leadership Program.