The Traffic Services are responsible for the safe and orderly flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the LAX Central Terminal Area and surrounding perimeter. This section is also responsible for controlling access to secured airport areas by positioning security officers throughout the airport. This section provides a high-visibility presence in the Central Terminal Area consisting of civilian and sworn personnel who are on foot patrols, bicycles and motorcycles and in marked and unmarked patrol vehicles. Officers enforce federally mandated regulations for airfield access and provide alarm response and entry control to restricted access areas in the terminals and at various facilities throughout LAX.
The Traffic & Security Section facilitates the above functions through the following units:
Traffic Control Unit
The Traffic Control Unit is charged with ensuring the safe and efficient movement of pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the Central Terminal Area (CTA). These officers direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic utilizing appropriate hand signals and/or illuminating devices along the curbs and at intersections or other control points, as needed. They ensure unattended vehicles parked within the CTA are appropriately addressed and/or removed.
Traffic Bicycle Unit
The Traffic Bicycle Unit deploys to various locations throughout the Central Terminal Area, effectively and efficiently on bicycles. Bicycles increase mobility and allows for efficient movement to and through traffic congestion to address traffic build-up and assist during emergencies or unusual occurrences.
The Motorcycle Unit's mission is to manage vehicular traffic which includes creating an orderly flow of traffic; reducing the number of injury traffic collisions and property damage; ensuring safe and secure vehicular travel within LAX. Motorcycle Unit officers issue citations for equipment and parking violations; direct traffic; investigate traffic collisions; provide support at special events, including labor protests and demonstrations; provide a high-visibility uniform presence in the Central Terminal Area and the surrounding perimeter of LAX; provide rapid response to emergency law enforcement incidents; assist the Dignitary Protection Unit upon request; and support Patrol Services Section personnel as necessary.