Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S04-21. Models for Law Enforcement at Airports

Airports of all types and sizes use a wide range of law enforcement options: airport proprietary police, contracted police services (public or private provider), a division of a city/county/state law enforcement agency, a variety of flexible response options, and other models. Research is needed to collect data on how airports use various law enforcement models to provide for public safety needs and adhere to federal security requirements. The report should address airports of security category X through IV and various airport ownership types (e.g., authority, city, etc.). The report should describe the characteristics and considerations for each law enforcement model to assist airports of different sizes and ownership structures when determining the most effective arrangement for its situation. At a minimum, the report should address the following for each airport law enforcement model: (1) Discretion in selection/placement of officers at the airport; (2) Reporting structure; (3) Managerial control; (4) Financial aspects (e.g., LEO cooperative agreement, administrative costs, training costs, liability, etc.); (5) State/Local regulatory requirements regarding law enforcement; (6) Level of integration into airport operations (e.g., ASC); (7) Level of airport-specific LEO training; (8) Level of experience of LEO assigned to airport; (9) Discretion of airport operator in determining LEO equipment (e.g., vehicles, weaponry, etc.); (10) Level of airport operator control over LEO policies; (11) Jurisdictional issues; (12) Ability to obtain additional law enforcement resources (e.g., airport-trained, emergency response); (13) Separation of powers between airport police and airport security; (14) LEO assignments within airport structure (e.g., full 49 CFR 1542 versus simple response); (15) Level of coordination between the airport law enforcement agency and TSA; and (16) Access to law enforcement special operations and resources (e.g., SWAT, hostage negotiation, bomb squad, explosive detection canines, etc.).


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S04-21

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Helms, Thomas

  • Performing Organizations:

    Hickory Ridge Group

    Las Vegas, NV  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Monteiro, Heather

  • Start Date: 20201221
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01659866
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S04-21
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 12 2018 3:03PM