Our Specialized Assignments include an array of services to support our schools and students, ranging from our Bike Team and Critical Response Team to information on our Honor Guard, Police Academy Magnet Schools and Safe Passages Task Force & Parking Enforcement Unit.
- Defensive Tactics Unit
The Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) Defensive Tactics Unit (DTU) has the responsibility of teaching and training our officers on critical policing concerns such as case law, policy, and survival and arrest and control techniques. DTU instructors help our officers become proficient and well trained in their understanding of the law, as well as arrest and control tactics. This allows our officers to use reasonable force while safely and professionally establishing and maintaining control during tense and uncertain situations.
Our Defensive Tactics instructors have completed a rigorous and extremely demanding 120 hour Peace Officers Standards Training instructor course. The content and concepts in the course include but are not limited to: strikes, takedowns, weapon defenses, ground defense, impact weapon applications, emergency handcuffing procedures, and the most current use of force legal standing and tactical mindset.
In addition to this training, our Defensive Tactics instructors are advanced martial artists, with backgrounds in boxing, aikido, Thai Boxing, kenpo karate, and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Our instructors will continue to utilize this experience and training to support our officers as well as keep the LAUSD community safe.
- Bike Team
Sergeant Leonard Boen
The Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) Bike Patrol Team is comprised of several men and women from throughout the department. The LASPD’s Bike Team is an effective and pro-active community policing tool and crime suppression detail. The Bike Team, participates in various anti-crime reduction missions that support the safety and security of our schools and safe passage zones.
The Bike Team, has completed a comprehensive and rigorous Peace Officers Standards Training certified Bicycle course where they learned various riding skills such as: traversing stairs, maneuvering through obstacles, following fleeing suspects, crowd control and tactical dismount.
The officers often conduct regular school visits conduct safety presentations, reading books to kids, and to take photos with the students.
- Critical Response Team
Deputy Chief Timothy J. AndersonExecutive Team Commander(213) 202-4510Lieutenant George SandovalTeam CommanderSergeant Daniel ArambuloTeam LeaderSergeant Joe CamelloTeam LeaderSergeant Oscar SotoTeam LeaderSergeant Juan EscobarLogistics
In 1996, the Los Angeles School Police Department formed its first Critical Response Team (CRT) as a warrant service and dignitary protection entity. Today the mission of the Critical Response Team has grown due to a steady increase of school shootings, workplace violence, and growing concerns of terrorist threats throughout the United States. The focus of the CRT is service-based by supporting, assisting, and training LASPD personnel in their role as first responders to critical incidents, which affect the safety of the students and staff of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The CRT provides LASPD personnel with advanced training and tactics in areas such as Immediate Action Rapid Deployment (IARD) for active shooters, Multi-Assault Counter-Terrorism Action Capabilities (MACTAC), and Mobile Field Force (MFF)/crowd control, etc. The CRT also works with the LASPD K-9 Unit in high risk searches and assists the LASPD Detective Unit in serving search warrants. The CRT also provides mutual aide assistance to our various law enforcement partners during unusual occurrences.
The assignment to CRT is ancillary to the primary duties of LASPD personnel. To be selected for the CRT, LASPD personnel must undergo a rigorous series of qualifications (e.g., physical agility, shooting qualification, practical assessments, etc.).
The dedicated members of the CRT have an extensive background in teaching and training personnel and they are committed to supporting and developing the men and women of the LASPD who are the first responders during a crisis to protect the students and staff of the LAUSD.
- Government and Community Relations Unit
The Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) Government and Community Relations Unit is a highly visible proactive unit, representing the Department and the Chief of Police to establish, build, and sustain relationships throughout the diverse communities we serve.
This unit also manages the department's social media platforms. Social media is a means for LAUSD community, students, staff, law enforcement agencies, and members of the media to inform themselves of department information and events. The team is a direct report to the Chief of Police, with a focus on community engagement, transparency, and partnerships with department stakeholders.
In doing so, we collectively improve the quality of safety for all students, staff, administrators, parents and the school community.
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Interim Chief Leslie Ramirez
Sergeant Rudy Perez
Social Media Team Supervisor
Public Information Officer
(213) 393-6580Officer Nick Floresnflores@laspd.comSocial MediaPublic Information Officer(213) 280-3185
- Honor Guard
Sergeant Julie SprySergeant Juan EscobarSergeant Juan MoralesThe Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) Honor Guard is comprised of dedicated sworn personnel who have volunteered to provide service to:
Support fallen officers in the "Line of Duty" deaths.
Provide final memorial services and honors to LASPD employees and their immediate families.
Present colors (e.g., United States, California, and LASPD flags) for significant events.
Represent the LASPD at the local, state, and federal level.Members of the Honor Guard serve as an ancillary assignment in addition to their myriad regular duties. The preponderance of the Honor Guard assignments involve the loss of loved ones, grieving families, and the coordination of final honors for the deceased.These assignments and services are physically demanding, long, and expose team members to inclement weather (e.g., heat, cold, rain, etc.) in dress uniform and while performing extremely mentally and emotionally demanding tasks.Honor Guard members routinely provide these services on their days off or after their normally assigned shifts and require a great deal of preparation and practice on the team member's personal time.Honor Guard members have also paid for United States funeral flags at their own expense when funds were insufficient to purchase them.Further, Honor Guard services provided are in full view of the grieving family members, the public, and political officials leaving little room for error. The services rendered by the Honor Guard requires a high degree of personal and team discipline, coordination, and fortitude.Over the four years of the Honor Guard's service, these teams of dedicated men and women have served with distinction and honor. The Honor Guard has also demonstrated distinguished service (to the LASPD, District, and law enforcement community), a commitment to excellence, teamwork, and esprit de corps in their performance above and beyond their normally assigned duties.Over the past four years the LASPD Honor Guard has served with distinction, earning recognition as a peer leader at the local, state, and federal levels.
- Mental Health Evaluation Team (MHET)
The purpose of the MHET is to provide compassionate field intervention and appropriate placement in situations involving students, teachers, administrators, and other District staff dealing with or suffering from a mental health crisis.
MHET response units assist LASPD officers with handling calls for service, and the placement of mentally ill students and staff within LAUSD. The primary purpose of these units is to provide appropriate intervention and placement for the mentally ill individual and to allow field officers to remain in their field assignment.
Partners from LASPD and Student Mental Health (SMH) consistently offer compassionate care, deploying knowledgeable staff who are skilled at recognizing persons with mental illness, well-practiced and able to apply de-escalation techniques to help ease some of the most difficult, complex and high risk situations police officers and mental health practitioners face daily. MHET personnel respond to officer’s field requests involving persons suffering a mental health crisis. MHET conducts patient field evaluations, assessing their mental health needs and connecting patients with public and private community resources or treatment centers – diverting them from the criminal justice system whenever possible.
For support and consultation, contact School Mental Health Crisis Counseling and Intervention Services (SMH CCIS) at (213) 241-3841 Monday-Friday (8:00a.m.-4:30 p.m.) or any member of your perspective MHET.
After hours, contact the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) at (213) 625-6631.
Aaron Pisarzewicz, Lieutenant
School Safety Initiatives Division
Ailleth Tom Torrico, LCSW, Coordinator
Mental Health Evaluation Teams | Case Management Team
Crisis Counseling & Intervention Services | School Mental Health
Joe Ivankay, Sergeant
Officer in Charge
Mental Health Evaluation Team
Nicole McMahon, LCSW, PPSC, M.A.Ed.
Mental Health Evaluation Team, Specialist
Crisis Counseling and Intervention Services / School Mental Health
- Training Unit
Training Unit Staff:Sergeant Ben CovarrubiasTraining Unit Supervisor(213) 202-8630Senior Police Officer Luis CortezField Training Program Coordinator(213) 202-8627Senior Police Officer Erin RoblesField Training Program Coordinator(213) 202-8629Senior Police Officer Mayra YauField Training Program CoordinatorOfficer Diane Ochoa-WeinrebTraining Coordinator(213) 202-4567School Safety Officer Luis ChavezTraining Coordinatorlchavez@laspd.comThe Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD), Training Unit, is tasked with administering a training program that meets and exceeds the standards of the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) as well as the continued professional training and development of school police personnel.It is the department’s overall goal and objective to ensure that our personnel possess the knowledge and skillset necessary to provide a professional level of service to our schools, students, staff, administrators, and the community.LASPD strives to achieve these goals through continued education, career development, and best practices that provide our sworn and civilian personnel the skills and technical support to provide quality service.
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