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Field Support Section

Captain Carolyn M. Smith
Carolyn M. Smith

Field Support Section provides operational and logistical support to all units within Airport Police to ensure that each section has the means with which to complete their daily assignments.

Field Support Section manages the following units:

Airport Response and Coordination Center (ARCC)/Video Observation Officer (VOO) 

Airport Police officers assigned to the ARCC support field operations with resources necessary to fulfill their mission, including personnel, equipment and administrative support.  Functions include facilitating the gathering of intelligence on security situations through monitoring and disseminating intelligence information to appropriate parties.  ARCC officers also complete incident action plans for unusual events that may affect operations at LAX.  It is the main call routing location for incoming administrative calls and acts as a liaison to various local, state and federal agencies requesting non-emergency assistance and service from Los Angeles Airport Police.

The officers in the ARCC also facilitate special events/assignments, process requests for additional patrols from citizens and tenants, and handle the scheduling and assignment for commercial film productions.  ARCC officers also support the Patrol Services Section by assisting with scheduling, deployment updates and maintaining report files.

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The Video Observation Officer's (VOO) mission is to monitor video and closed-circuit cameras throughout the terminal areas and parking lots.  The unit also monitors and records labor demonstrations, solicitor sweeps and reports of injury in the terminal area.  VOO assists Airport Police Patrol Services Section in the apprehension and arrest of suspects by recording and reviewing digital video.  VOO assists in the recovery of passenger’s stolen property and conducts surveillance of possible criminal activity with the Airport Police Crime Task Force.  The VOO also is responsible for providing requested recorded video footage to Airport Police, Los Angeles Police Department, Transportation Security Administration, City Attorney's Office and other law enforcement agencies as needed.

Communications Unit

The mission of the Communications Unit at LAX is to provide protection of life and property by dispatching public safety personnel to incidents and conducting status updates as needed.  The unit also provides emergency notifications and status updates during critical incidents.  The mission is accomplished through detailed, accurate communications between police and fire personnel, and through protection of sensitive and restricted law enforcement information.

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Crime Analysis Unit

The mission of the Crime Analysis Unit (CAU) is to produce timely, accurate and useful information that will assist Airport Police Division in preventing and suppressing criminal activities.  The unit also identifies officer hazards arising from the criminal element; provides trend analysis to assist with apprehensions; and aids the investigative and case-clearance processes by collecting, collating, analyzing and disseminating crime-related data to identify crime trends.

CAU monitors crime in areas surrounding LAX; analyzes all LAPD reports pertaining to crimes at LAX and surrounding areas; and provides data analysis to respond to requests from other Los Angeles World Airports divisions and outside law enforcement agencies.  CAU maintains the database and provides statistical reports on the Security Airfield Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) program.

Critical Projects Unit

The mission of the Critical Projects Unit (CPU) is to coordinate projects which are extended in scope and/or require more focused project direction and management.  These projects commonly require specialized subject matter expertise and/or affect multiple sections within Airport Police.  On larger scale projects, CPU may coordinate with federal, state and local agencies, LAWA divisions, and other APD units.  The CPU coordinates the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant-funded purchase process for Airport Police, including writing technical specifications, coordinating the purchasing process, and submitting reports for reimbursement.

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