With state budget cuts and possible hiring slowdowns looming over
police agencies throughout the state, officials at the
Burbank-Glendale- Pasadena Airport are hoping law-enforcement
applicants will see the Airport Police force as an option.
“If a youngster has any kind of brain on his shoulders and is
keeping up with the news, he’s going to figure out that in the short
to moderate future a job in government and in law enforcement in
particular might be hard to find,” Airport Public Safety Director
Mike Post said.
But that applies to law- enforcement agencies that are dependent
on state funds that funnel through counties and cities.
The Airport Police, under the Joint Powers Agreement that spawned
the Airport Authority, is not dependent on state funding but on
revenue from airport operations. So, Post, who was hired in November
2001 to help build a state-certified Airport Police force, saw an
opening to promote his own department.
The agency has 19 officers, and Post’s goal is to have a force
of 34 officers by Dec. 31. Until the airport gets its police force
up to full staff, off-duty police officers are hired from Burbank,
Glendale and Pasadena.
Of the 60 recruits who graduated from two area police academies in
December, 11 applied to the Burbank Airport Police. That’s more at
one time than any other in Post’s tenure.
“I can only attribute it to [budget cuts],” said Post, who is a
former Glendale Police captain. “And if agencies aren’t having
freezes, they are at least slowing down.”