Report: LAX police were helping nearby cities

LOS ANGELES The /*LAXPD*/ is the largest airport police agency in the U.S. with more than 400 officers.

A news report says that on at least 17 occasions during the past year and a half, some of its officers were dispatched to help neighboring cities Inglewood, El Segundo and Hawthorne.

In one case, 27 LAXPD officers were sent to help contain a rave party in Inglewood.

LAXPD officials said they always maintained adequate manpower to protect the airport, and characterized the assistance as "being a good neighbor" for other law enforcement agencies.

The revelation prompted a quick change in policy. Previously, dispatching officers was left to the watch commander. The LAXPD says in the future, it will make that decision at a higher level.

City News Service contributed to this story.

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