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Report: LAX police were helping nearby cities

June 25, 2010 12:17:22 AM PDT
The Los Angeles International Airport Police Department has admitted some of its officers were doing police work well beyond airport property.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.