School Police Chief Re-Evaluates Military Weapons

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 15, 2014) - Los Angeles School Police Chief Steve Zipperman, in consultation with Superintendent John E. Deasy, is recommending returning some salvaged military weapons obtained through a federal program.

The chief has decided:

  • The 40mm less-lethal weapons (referred to in the media as grenade launchers) are not essential life-saving items within the scope, duties and mission of the Los Angeles School Police Department. We at the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) would not utilize this weapon within a school environment.   These three weapons will be removed from our equipment inventory.
  • The firearms originally received in 2001 are essential life-saving items and the LASPD will continue to have these items as part of our equipment inventory. The rifles, modified from automatic to semi-automatic, are a part of a 40-hour certified training program for sworn police officers.
  • The Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle is a life-saving piece of equipment that would be utilized under extraordinary circumstances, with approval from the Chief of School Police and Superintendent.   While we recognize, this armored vehicle is “military-grade,” it is nevertheless a life-saving piece of equipment that the District would not otherwise have. We will continue to keep it in our inventory as we evaluate our best options for ensuring we have the most appropriate life-saving rescue vehicle in our current inventory.  
Los Angeles School Police acquired the salvaged officer safety and other life-saving equipment from the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO) of the Federal Government through the California Emergency Management Agency or “1033” program.

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Contact: Ellen Morgan (213) 241-6766