Crime & Justice

Head of LAX security will move to LAPD in new year

LAX at night.
LAX at night.

The head of homeland security and law enforcement at Los Angeles World Airports will join the Los Angeles Police Department next year as its highest ranking civilian administrator.

Arif Alikhan has been appointed the special assistant for constitutional policing by Chief Charlie Beck after two years of supervising security at the Los Angeles International, Ontario International and Van Nuys airports. He replaces Gerald Chaleff, who oversaw the department's implementation of the more than decade-long consent decree.

Starting Jan. 13, Alikhan will supervise divisions including internal audits and inspections, risk management, and planning and research.

As an airport director, Alikhan oversaw policing, counterterrorism, emergency functions and was the main law enforcement liaison.

Alikhan is a former federal prosecutor and was senior adviser to two U.S. Attorneys General on cybercrime and intellectual property.