National Police Association Podcast #98 with John Ivanoff, Chief of Public Safety (Ret.) Tuscon Airport Authority

National Police Association Podcast #98 with John Ivanoff, Chief of Public Safety (Ret.) Tuscon Airport Authority


05:30 "If we make a mistake at an airport, it affects everybody in the world. If there's a shooting at an airport, everybody in the world knows about it. If there's a shooting on the streets, nobody knows about it other than the local newspaper."

08:59 "There's no room for error. There's no room for having your weapon pointed in the wrong direction or letting those bad guys get a shot off. There was just no room for that so those are the kinds of things that you deal with in an airport law enforcement capacity."

10:00 "To be an airport police officer, you have to have excellent skill in talking to people. You have to be able to talk to anybody and under any circumstance."

14:14 "Using force is a huge responsibility for us in law enforcement and we have the right and the ability and the training to escalate it as far as we need to. But sometimes we don't need to and sometimes we shouldn't."

20:53 "When I went through my field training with the Tucson police department, I think the least amount of experience my trainer had was 12 years. And nowadays it's different. Nowadays you can be a field training officer with only a few years under your belt."



In this episode of the National Police Association Podcast, Sgt. Betsy Smith interviews John Ivanoff, Chief of Public Safety (Ret.) Tuscon Airport Authority. There are fundamental differences between local and airport security as any mishaps in an international airport are global concerns. Airport security comes under intense public scrutiny because of they deal with drug trafficking, shootouts, and even domestic disputes. This only serves to highlight the importance of keeping this area of mass gathering safe from harm 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



03:13 The differences between airport and local police departments

07:12 How airport security deals with security issues

13:43 The extreme importance of de-escalation in an airport

15:26 Looking back on the life-changing events of 9/11

18:36 The biggest issues today on police training


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