We learn together

After the 2013 Los Angeles shooting incident, we began working together, focusing on two significant issues identified by our Chief at the Los Angeles Airport and Seaports:

  • 1. What happened, what could we have done differently

  • 2. Challenges of communications/collaboration; and

  • 3. What did we learn? How can we be better prepared?

With that, we began an intensive plan to find successful solutions to both these issues. The outcome is our Community Security Best Practises.

Incident Reviews

Working together, we have reviewed major incidents and have learned the good, the bad, and the ugly to find security solutions, increase collaboration, refine communication, avoid mistakes, and build resilience.

Over five years, we continued to meet in forums or actively go on-site to evaluate the scenarios. It always involved those who were directly involved. Because of COVID, these forums were suspended. We, however, look to begin this process again in the coming year and not only review additional incidents but revisit the outcome of the review, our Community Security Best Practise Guide.

Incident analysis & review

Over the years, we have brought command officers together to tell their stories of an incident to taking an incident and part understanding the after-action review.

Global after action security forum, the last before COVID. Held in New York City at NYU.

Our authority sponsor - Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police.

We bring to your attention!

Below is a Preview Guide of the Community Security Practice for your evaluation.

One of our incident reviews included an international team of senior command officers at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department (PAPD) shortly after the April 2017 incident at FFL Airport. Two senior Broward County Sherriff officers who were on the seine and oversaw the tragedy at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FFL) in Broward County, FL, walked through the incident in detail. The incident was examined in detail and contributed to our Community Security Best Practices (CSBP). The incident was the deadliest airport shooting in U.S. history when a passenger killed five people and sent six others to the hospital with injuries. More than 50 others were hospitalized for chest pains, low blood sugar, broken bones, etc., while fleeing the scene and during a subsequent stampede triggered by false reports of another shooting.

We began our quest for best practices after the 9/11 incident in the United States and were cited in the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA - Section 9 (b) (2), and stepped up our concentration after the 2013 Los Angeles International Airport active shooter incident where it took 36 hours to reopen the airport. So many issues arose that had to be addressed. One in particular, our chiefs asked we concentrate on evaluating communication challenges that hampered collaboration with the various law enforcement agencies and offering direction to staff personnel and passengers.

We continue our quest to address threats, evaluate incidents, and maintain best practices for effectively managing operational and crisis requirements. We must ensure the public safety of those who work and travel and ensure the local and global transportation systems are not impeded.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport 4/29/17