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Longtime LAPD commander new chief of LAX police

Posted: October 25, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: October 25, 2012 6:00 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A retired commander from the Los Angeles Police Department has been tapped to head the police force of Los Angeles International Airport.

Los Angeles World Airports spokeswoman Nancy Castles said Wednesday that Patrick Gannon has been appointed as chief of airport police, the fourth largest law enforcement agency in LA County, overseeing officers at LAX, LA/Ontario International Airport and Van Nuys Airport.

Gannon recently retired after 34 years with the LAPD. His last post was as deputy chief and commanding officer of the LAPD's Operations-South Bureau.

Michael T. Hyams, who has served as interim chief of airport police since the February retirement of Chief George R. Centeno, on Wednesday was appointed to serve as deputy chief, Gannon's second-in-command.



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