Security Magazine Names Los Angeles School Police Department as Tops Nationwide Among School Districts for Third Consecutive Year

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 12, 2012) - The Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) was named the best department for maintaining security at a school district, topping the national rankings for the third consecutive year, according to a trade journal.

Security magazine publishes annually a Top 500 list of public and private sector companies, as well as governments. The 2012 "Security 500" survey includes all aspects of public, private, corporate security initiates, programs, loss-prevention, management, leadership, technology, risk management, personnel and property protection. 

The award-winning (LASPD), the largest independent school police department in the nation has more than 500 employees including over 350 sworn police officers, 126 non-sworn school safety officers (SSO), and 34 civilian support staff.  Responsible for handling security for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the nation’s second-largest school district, the department finished first on the “Security 500” in K-12 education for the third year in a row.

“I'm very proud of all the men and women of the LASPD, both sworn and non-sworn, who have worked hard year after year to keep our students, staff, parents, community and our physical plant assets protected,” LA School Police Chief Steve Zipperman said.

“This accomplishment would not be possible without the dedication, commitment and professionalism of all our employees AND the continued support from the Board of Education, the Superintendent, the entire District Executive staff and Senior Leadership Team!,” he added.

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