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News Release

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Media Relations

LAPD and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Use New Technology at the Academy Awards Show

News conference to introduce the LA Shield, an expansion of the DHS Critical Infrastructure Inspection Management System (CIIMS)

Friday, February 20, 2009
2:00 PM

Kodak Theatre (Red Carpet)
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA  90028
  • parking for media will be on Hawthorne Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Orange Street, south of  Hollywood Boulevard  
Council member Eric Garcetti, District 13
Council member Tom LaBonge, District 4
Chief William J. Bratton
Deputy Chief Michael Downing, Counter Terrorism & Criminal
Intelligence Bureau
Captain Horace Frank, Commanding Officer Emergency Services Division
Dr. David G. Boyd, Director of Command, Control and Interoperability Division, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The LAPD, in a collaborative effort with DHS, will unveil an expansion of a new DHS aerial technology system (CIIMS) that will be used for the first time at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.  The system, called the LA Shield, will enable LAPD to inspect critical infrastructure.  The LA Shield system provides officials with images, geographic coordinates, and inspection-related inquiries that help to assess the security of infrastructure and allows for a real-time exchange of information with police resources on the ground.

A demonstration of an explosive detecting police dog and technology to detect human body-worn threats hidden under layers of clothing such as suicide belts, plastic explosives and grenades.  Photos of the LA Shield will also be on display.
If you have any questions regarding this news conference, please call Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.