Los Angeles School Police Department

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Los Angeles School Police Department
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Patch of the LASPD
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Seal of the LASPD
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Badge of the LASPD's chief
Common nameLos Angeles School Police
Agency overview
EmployeesApprox. 530
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Size708 square miles (1,800 km2)
Legal jurisdictionCounty of Los Angeles
General nature
Headquarters125 North Beaudry Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Police officers405
Non-sworn employees

School safety officers

Agency executive
Parent agencyLos Angeles Unified School District
Official Site

The Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) is a law enforcement agency in Los Angeles, California, whose duties are to provide police services to the Los Angeles Unified School District (thus, sometimes called L.A. Unified Police), also enforcing state and city laws. LASPD officers assist staff with disturbances and potential criminal activity on the campuses and in the surrounding communities on a daily basis.


The Los Angeles School Police Department was established in August 1948 to provide police services to the Los Angeles Unified School District. The department deploys six police divisions (Northwest, Northeast, West, Central, East, and South) with assignments consisted of Canine (K-9), Youth Services Divisions (Police Explorers, PALs Program), Safe Passages, Honor Guard, C.R.T. (Critical Response Team), Communications, Recruitment, Training Unit, Fleet Management, Payroll Section, Budget Services Unit, Records Unit, and Crime Analysis Unit.


24 hours a day, the LASPD is responsible for providing police services to:[1]

  • A jurisdiction covering 710 square miles (1,800 km2)
  • Approximately 618,000 students
  • Approximately 72,000 teachers, administrators and additional school staff
  • Approximately 1,300 schools, centers, and administrative offices


The LASPD deploys sworn personnel in a variety of ranks:

Title Insignia
Chief of police
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Deputy chief of police
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Police lieutenant
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Police sergeant
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Police detective
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Senior police officer
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Police officer
Police recruit


Assignments within the Police Department include:

All police officers must complete an intensive probationary period after graduation from the police academy. Prior to selection to any specialized unit, there may also be an additional 3-5 year field assignment prerequisite.


The Los Angeles School Police Department has accepted weapons including one armored vehicle and firearms from the federal government.[17] Superintendent Ramon Cortines of LA Unified School District confirmed in June 2015 that the district's police force has ended its involvement in a federal program that delivered military-grade weapons to school districts. The decision on the so-called 1033 Program came on the heels of President Obama‘s announcement in May that he was severely restricting the parameters of the program.[18]

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