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Magazine ranks Los Angeles School Police Department No. 1

LA School Report | November 13, 2014

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(Credit: LASPD)

(Credit: LASPD)

The Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) has been named No. 1 in Security magazine’s rankings of the K-12 education sector for the fifth straight year.

The magazine analyzed key factors such as active shooter training, asset and theft protection and cyber security in assessing the security forces around the nation’s schools.

“This honor could not have been achieved without the incredible work of the men and women of the LASPD and the unwavering support of the Office of School Operations and all our LAUSD partners,” LASPD Chief Steve Zipperman said in a statement.

The LASPD is the largest independent school police department in the United States, with over 350 police officers, 126 school safety officers and 34 civilian support staff that protect 1,300 schools and buildings over 710 square miles, according to the LASPD. It is also the fifth largest police department in Los Angeles County and the 14th largest in California.

“Congratulations to LASPD officers and staff for this richly-deserved distinction,” Superintendent Ramon Cortines said in a statement. “The department works tremendously hard every day to provide safety and security to the students of the nation’s second-largest school district.”



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