Two Los Angeles Airport Police officers were honored at the city of Inglewood’s Fifth Annual Police and Fire Appreciation Day last month for their efforts in enforcing a new law banning solicitation at Los Angeles International Airport.
Officer Casey Brummer, a four-year veteran, and officer Abel Burboa, a three-year veteran, were selected for their focused dedication and work with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office in writing declarations to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals urging a motion to lift the injunction against enforcement of Municipal Code 171.02(c), an Airport Police spokesperson said. The ordinance prohibits soliciting for and immediately receiving funds at the airport.
The Los Angeles City Council previously approved the law but it was challenged by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, an organization representing Hare Krishna groups.
Brummer and Burboa, currently assigned to Patrol Services, worked with LAX Airport Operations staff and trained fellow officers on how to enforce the airport’s anti-solicitation program, the police spokesperson said.
“Thanks to their selfless service and commitment to an issue that affected the airport experience of passengers and visitors for over a decade, their hard work has helped prevent solicitors from taking currency from the travelling public and has brought relief to LAX tenants, Airport Police and the airport community as a whole,” Airport Police Chief George R. Centeno said. “Their efforts went above and beyond the scope of their duties.”
Co-hosted by the Inglewood/Airport Area Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Inglewood, the Police and Fire Appreciation Day event was established to recognize men and women who serve and protect the community.