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 security police and security guard services to the Los Angeles City Hall, the Los Angeles Central Library, the Los Angeles Zoo, and the city's parks, 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 (Library Security, City Park Rangers and General Services Police) into one centralized division of the Department of General Services. In July 2012 the department and its duties were absorbed into the Los Angeles Police Department.
As of 2007, GSPD employed 112 police officers and over 200 security officers. The department patrolled over 400 parks, 72 libraries and 900 municipal buildings. It was the 10th largest law enforcement agency in L.A. County.
Due to the misuse of cash overtime by supervisors, the department was dissolved by city council in order to save the city money and all personnel was moved into the new LAPD Security Services Division.