Airport police


Airport police units are a security police agency assigned to perform law enforcement functions at airports. They provide a wide range of law enforcement duties and responsibilities including patrol, investigation, traffic flow management, and control and response to airport emergencies.[1] Airport police provide enhanced safety to airport employees, and to passengers. Officers can be found at security gates, throughout the terminal area, and around the airport’s perimeter.[2]

Airport policemen at Dublin Airport

In some cases, airport police are branches of larger general purposes agencies. "Airport Safety Officers," are cross-trained in Fire, Emergency Medical Services, law enforcement, and even military units. They support federal security directives and initiatives, airline security programs and passenger screening, enforce airport rules and regulations on the airfield and within secured areas, and assist with traffic and crowd control. Airport police agencies are vital components of the international aviation security system but do not, in themselves, perform all aspects of airport security.

In AsiaEdit

  • In India, security of airports is handled by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
  • In Indonesia, security in airports are handled by different agencies. The Indonesian National Police officers basically enforce law and order in the airport facility. Screening officers in the other hand are conducted by "Aviation Security" (abbreviated "AVSEC") personnel which wear blue uniforms and blue side caps. For parking, traffic control and external security of the airport are handled by Security guards which are administered under the Airport's management. As per 2015, the minister of transportation of Indonesia signed an MoU agreement with the Marine Corps to work together in improving the security of the ministry's public facilities including Railway stations and Airports throughout the country by posting several military members from the Marine corps to assist the Airport police in implementing security and order.[3]
  • In Singapore, The Singapore Police Force (SPF) operates The Airport Police Division (APD). The APD functions as the law enforcement agency, responsible for the maintenance of law and order within its jurisdiction of, Singapore Changi Airport and Seletar Airport. SPF is also the Appropriate Authority for security at the airport. Hence, APD, as the executive arm of the Police within the airport, is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of the National Civil Aviation Security Programme. It is to protect the security, regularity and efficiency of international civil aviation in the airport and safeguard against acts of unlawful interference aimed at passengers, personnel, aircraft, airport terminals or aircraft navigation installations and equipment.[4]
  • Hong Kong International Airport security is provided by Hong Kong Police Force's Airport Security Unit as well by civilian contractor Aviation Security Company Limited Hong Kong (AVSECO) personnel. HKPF officers are armed while AVSECO personnel are unarmed.
  • In Pakistan, Airports Security Force (ASF) Provides law enforcement and Security for Airports.
  • In Vietnam, each airport has its own Aviation Security Center. Each Aviation Security Center is under command of Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, which is a part of the Ministry of Transport.[5]
  • In Australia, the Australian Federal Police and Border Force officers look after security of the major airports.[6]

In North AmericaEdit




  • In Mexico, many divisions of police provide airport security and customs duties. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) (Spanish: Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil) is the airport police division. It performs daily inspections and supervises airport facilities, aircraft, and aviation staff. The DGAC monitors compliance with rules and regulations, identification and elimination of acts, attitudes and conditions that are hazardous. They investigate airport accidents and incidents, and coordinate and implement the systems and safety procedures. The DGAC also coordinates its efforts with other federal authorities to ensure safety of the airport and flights.[10] The Federal Police (PF) (Spanish: Policía Federal) act in the customs sections, as well as providing security throughout the terminal.[11]

United StatesEdit

  • The DFW Airport Police Department is a force of roughly 200 officers that patrols an area of more than 17,000 acres and protects more than 60 million passengers annually. They are known for top-tier SWAT, K-9/EOD, and Motorcycle units
A Lubbock Airport Police Patrol Car
A Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Police officer patrols the airport perimeter in a Chevy Tahoe Police Cruiser.

In South AmericaEdit

  • In Argentina, The Airport Security Police (PSA) (Spanish: Policía de Seguridad Aeroportuaria) provides public safety on airport grounds. It is a law enforcement agency created to protect and guard national public airports. The PSA protects and ensures the internal security within the airport's jurisdiction, through prevention and investigation. Preventative airport security includes planning, implementation, evaluation and or coordination of activities and operations, at the tactical and strategical level. The PSA attempts to avert the conspiracy of complex criminal acts, including drug trafficking, terrorism, smuggling and other related crimes.[18]

In EuropeEdit

  • In the Czech Republic, The Police CR Provides law enforcement and Czech Airport Security Service provides Security for Airports.
  • In Denmark, The Police of Denmark provide Provides law enforcement and Security for Airports.
  • In Finland, The Finnish Police Service Provides law enforcement and Security for Airports.
  • In France, The Air Transport Gendarmerie Branch of the National Gendarmerie Provides law enforcement and Security for Airports.
  • In Ireland, the Airport Police Service (Irish: Póilíní an t-Aerfoirt) is a small police force responsible for providing general policing and aviation security duties at the three state airports in Ireland: Dublin Airport, Cork Airport and Shannon Airport. Founded in 1936, they first became "Authorised Officers" in 1950.[19]
  • In the United Kingdom it is generally the responsibility of local territorial police forces to provide armed patrols to each airport, for example the Metropolitan Police Service's Aviation Security Operational Command Unit, with responsibility for London Heathrow Airport and London City Airport. Northern Ireland has a different arrangement with a dedicated police force for Belfast International Airport.
  • In Italy, The State Police Provides law enforcement and Security for Airports.
  • In the Netherlands the Royal Marechaussee Provides law enforcement and Security for Airports, most notably at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
  • In Norway the Norwegian Police Service Provides law enforcement and Security for Airports.
  • In Poland, The Policja Provides law enforcement and Polish Airport Security Service provides Security for Airports.
  • In Spain, The National Police and the Civil Guard Provides law enforcement and Security for Airports.
  • In Russia, The Politsiya Provides law enforcement and Security for Airports.
  • In Switzerland, The International Security Police: Airport Unit (PSI) (French: Police de la Sécurité Internationale: Unité Aéroport) performs various tasks to provide security to the airport site and safety to airport buildings. This includes, traffic management for vehicles travelling and parking on airport territory, patrol of the airport’s runways, tarmacs, and parked aircraft. Foot patrols are used to ensure the safety of airport buildings in public transit areas, and airline offices to maintain order and public safety. PSI patrols ensure the closure of areas at risk in case of parcel bombs or suspect. The unit also controls migration, through the verification of travel documents and identity documents and can issue temporary emergency passports.[20]
Common battenburg markings
used by European airport emergency services
  Airport Police Yellow / Blue
  Airport Fire and Rescue service Yellow / Red


Airport Police Departments are represented in the United States by a membership organization called ALEAN or the Airport Law Enforcement Agencies Network.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Security Information". Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
  2. ^ "CMPD takes over security at Charlotte Douglas International Airport". Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on 2013-07-28.
  3. ^ "Ini Alasan Menhub Jonan Tempatkan Marinir di Stasiun dan Bandara (The Reason why the Transportation minister posted several Marines in Train stations and airports" (in Indonesian). detik news. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  4. ^ "SPF Overview-Airport Police Division". Singapore Police Force. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  5. ^ "CỤC HÀNG KHÔNG VIỆT NAM | Cục hàng không Việt Nam".
  6. ^ "AFP Operations". Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  7. ^ Edmonton International Airport
  8. ^ Halifax police win airport contract, to take over security from RCMP
  9. ^ "Details emerge about Halifax Regional Police contract for airport security". Archived from the original on 2016-04-07. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  10. ^ "Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil Comandancia General (DGAC)". Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México.
  11. ^ "Policía Federal(PF)". Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México. Archived from the original on 2012-10-20.
  12. ^ "Chicago aviation police decertified by state - ABC7 Chicago".
  13. ^ "Chicago aviation police quietly being rebranded - ABC7 Chicago".
  14. ^ Los Angeles Airport Police
  15. ^ "Omaha Airport Authority – OMA Omaha Eppley Airfield". Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  16. ^ Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department#Airports
  17. ^ "Salt Lake City International Airport-Police". Salt Lake City International Airport.
  18. ^ "Policía de Seguridad Aeroportuaria". Ministerio de Seguridad.
  19. ^ Airport Police (Ireland)
  20. ^ "Police de la Sécurité Internationale: Unité aéroport". Ecusson de l'Etat de Genève.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Airport police at Wikimedia Commons