Los Angeles General Services Police
|Los Angeles General Services Police|
|Common name||LA General Services Police|
|Patch of the Los Angeles General Services Police.|
|Badge of the Los Angeles General Services Police.|
|Motto||Sworn to Serve - Committed to Protect|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||City of Los Angeles in the state of California, USA|
|Legal jurisdiction||Los Angeles|
|Specialist jurisdiction||Buildings and other fixed assets.|
|Agency executive||Gary S. Newton, Chief of Police|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Los Angeles General Services Police was a law enforcement agency that provided police and security officer services to Historic Los Angeles City Hall, Los Angeles Central Library, Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles Convention Center and city parks, recreation centers, senior centers, Venice and other beaches, and recreational facilities having similar duties of the now also defunct Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety, which was absorbed into the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department.
The department's last police chief was Gary S. Newton.
The department was established as a security force in 1979. A peace officer component was created in the late 1980s and reorganized in 2003 when Los Angeles City Council members Wendy Gruel and Jack Weiss proposed to create the Office of Public Safety by merging the many city security services (General Services Police, Library Security, City Park Rangers, Convention Center Security, and Los Angeles Zoo Security) into one centralized division of the Department of General Services. In July 2012 through January 2013, the department and its duties were absorbed into the Los Angeles Police Department.
As of 2007, GSPD was authorized 112 police officers and over 350 security officers and support staff with an annual budget of over 30 million dollars excluding employee benefits. The department patrolled over 470 parks, 72 libraries and 900 municipal buildings. It was the 10th largest law enforcement agency in L.A. County. The department was also responsible for citywide contract security services as well as physical and technology based access and surveillance throughout the city (excluding proprietary departments).
Due to incompetent supervisors who would continue to promote unqualified officers rather than officers who were qualified for monetary gains, resulted in careless lawsuits which costs the city millions of dollars. As a result, the department was dissolved by the Los Angeles City Council. The City Council voted to close the department to save the city money and as a result, police and security personnel were transferred into the new Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Security Services Division, Division #36.