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FAA finds LAX did not improperly pay LAPD for police services

July 5, 2012 |  1:03 pm

FAA finds LAX did not improperly pay LAPD
A federal investigation has found no evidence that the Los Angeles Police Department misappropriated millions of dollars it was paid for providing law enforcement services at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities announced Thursday.

The Federal Aviation Administration reached the conclusion after reviewing a complaint filed late last year alleging that the LAPD overcharged the airport and used the money to bolster city coffers and pay for police services unrelated to security at LAX.

The complaint was filed by the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Assn., which represents more than 400 officers from the airport police department, an independent agency that shares law enforcement duties at LAX with the LAPD.

According to federal regulations, revenue earned by an airport from landing fees, terminals rents, concessions and other charges must be used only for airport purposes.

While there was no misappropriation, the FAA found three problems that required correction. Investigators said that LAPD staff assigned to LAX kept inadequate records, made at least one billing error and used the airport-funded K-9 bomb squad to respond to calls away from LAX.


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Photo: LAPD officer John Long, with bomb sniffing dog Laura, walks through LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal in 2010 during a heightened security alert. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times