Patrick Gannon was appointed Deputy Executive Director - Homeland Security and Law Enforcement for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), effective June 4, 2014.
As Deputy Executive Director for Homeland Security and Law Enforcement, Gannon provides leadership, management oversight and policy direction to all law enforcement and security staff at LAWA’s three airports; coordinates with other law-enforcement agencies; is responsible for counter-terrorism efforts; and oversees firefighting, emergency medical, and fire-prevention services provided by the Los Angeles Fire Department at Los Angeles International Airport. He also participates in airport-wide leadership teams and has responsibility for integrating the law enforcement and homeland security functions with Airport Operations and other aviation staff.
Gannon joined LAWA as chief of Airport Police in October 2012 after retiring from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) following 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 bureau serves more than 800,000 residents in South Los Angeles with 1,700 sworn employees and 150 civilian employees.
Chief Gannon graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a bachelor’s degree in public administration, and from the University of Southern California with a master’s degree in public administration. He also successfully completed the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston and the West Point Leadership Program.