In June, the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association sent a letter to Airport Police Chief George Centeno, expressing concern that cuts in the airport’s police personnel, training and equipment budget were compromising its security. The letter was leaked to the local press.
Earlier this month, LA City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who chairs a committee that’s looking into the claims, said she wanted a security audit of the airport. Other state and local lawmakers have also called for an investigation.
LAX defended its security record, releasing a statement last week that showed the number of crimes at the airport fell 6% to 1,146 cases in the first six months of the year.
"LAX continues to be one of the safest airports in the world and one of the safest areas in all of Southern California," Centeno said in a statement. "The total number of major crimes against persons is remarkably low, given over 28.7 million travelers used LAX the first half of this year."
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