To serve and protect the employees, tenants and users of airport facilities
The Tucson Airport Authority Police Department (TAAPD) is a full-service law enforcement agency with the same responsibility as a county or municipal police agency to enforce the laws of Arizona. TAA Police also enforce Federal Regulations pertaining to airport operations. TAA Police serve as the first professional law enforcement contact to the traveling public.
The department protects all of TAA’s property and buildings. This includes the TUS terminal building, airfield, and tenant buildings. TAA supervises over 10,000 acres that include industrial, residential and unimproved property, as well as general aviation reliever airport Ryan Airfield
TAA police personnel engage in a wide variety of activities to meet their mission. Members of the department include Public Service Officers who have oversight for the roadways in front of the terminal, insuring a smooth flow of traffic into and out of TUS.
Police officers patrol the terminal complex on foot, bicycle, and in vehicles. Police staff respond to narcotics arrests, traffic incidents, first aid calls, DUI arrests, disorderly conduct situations, child custody incidents, runaway juveniles, and escorts for citizens needing assistance.
Training & Accreditation
All TAA Police officers are state certified with the same statewide arrest powers as any other law enforcement agency in Arizona. Police officers undergo continuous training that includes airport specific problems such as aircraft accident investigations, bomb threats and hijackings. In addition to enforcing state and local laws, TAAPD officers comply with FAA rules and guidelines.
The majority of the officers are specially trained for DUI investigations, narcotics interdiction and basic criminal investigation. Some officers are trained in crisis negotiations and tactical deployment for extraordinary circumstances. All of the supervisors and some of the patrol officers are state certified instructors for a variety of topics including firearms, defensive tactics and tactical driving.
The TAAPD is one of the few airport police agencies in the United States that is internationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The policies and procedures used by a police department are overseen by CALEA. The policies are reviewed in depth by the commission and accepted if all guidelines are followed. By following CALEA standards, TAAPD has taken the challenge of maintaining a professional and accountable organization for public safety.
To view a copy of the TAAPD organizational chart, please click here.
The TAAPD is engaged in numerous programs that promote public safety, including neighborhood and Business Watch at Ryan Airfield, victim awareness speeches to airport tenants and employees, robbery prevention training at area banks, home and business inspections to prevent crime, public speaking events at local area schools and various newsletters for tenants and employees of TAA. The department also joins forces with other local law enforcement agencies to support charities such as the Special Olympics.
TAAPD is a proud supporter of Operation Safe Streets and DUI awareness programs during high-risk times such as holidays and graduations and is a member of the Pima County Regional SWAT team.
To provide quick response to aircraft related emergencies
The Tucson Airport Authority Fire Department (TAAFD) works around the clock to ensure safety at Tucson International Airport and Ryan Airfield. The Department’s skill, training, and equipment are state-of-the-art, and include property and life-saving expertise in many important ways.
The department protects more than 200 buildings distributed across 10,000 acres. Fire fighters respond to the many emergencies that regularly occur on airport property including basic life support, car accidents, pedestrian falls, and other situations that demand immediate medical attention. The Fire Prevention Program is responsible for the following areas: building inspections, fueling procedures, OSHA, confined space, prevention activities, pre-fire plans, safety officer duties, and special projects.
The Fire Department is equipped to handle any emergency quickly and professionally. TAA fire fighters receive on-going training. All department members are required to keep current with aircraft in service at TUS and attend Emergency Management and Homeland Security courses. Disaster planning and building and aircraft evacuation are regular components of training.
Staff specialization in different areas of fire fighting and rescue techniques, combined with the commitment to work together as a team, results in a uniquely qualified department. In-house instructors teach classes in emergency medical services which include Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Bleeding Control, CPR, First Aid, hazardous materials, specialized rope rescue, confined space, and aircraft and automobile extrication.
Each fire fighter is an Arizona Certified Fire Fighter I and II, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and all are certified at the Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations Level. To stay current with the latest developments in firefighting, department members take courses at the Arizona State Fire Marshal School.
In any incident involving an aircraft, a quick response time can mean the difference between a minor mishap and major disaster. For this reason, the Fire Department must reach and attack a fire within three minutes as required under the regulations established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Constant readiness and specialized equipment for aircraft fire fighting are essential. Because a downed aircraft may not be near a water supply, TAA fire trucks carry their own water supply.
The 6×6 wheel drive crash truck is the largest of the fleet vehicles and can hold, deliver, and discharge 3,000 gallons of water and fire fighting chemicals. Like department members, each vehicle has its own specialty. Some are used for quick attack on aircraft fires and some totally extinguish a fire in a minimal time.
Other vehicles are dedicated to structural fires and emergency medical response. A disaster response vehicle holds a huge variety of medical supplies and can serve as a mobile triage center ready to respond to any type of disaster in the Tucson area. A hazardous materials recovery truck and trailer is designed for the safety of fire fighters, the public, and the environment.
The TAA Fire Department utilizes the Incident Command System to make sure that life-saving decisions are made in a quick and orderly fashion.
Should an accident occur, the first officer to arrive at the site takes command and is authorized to make necessary decisions. This officer does not relinquish that command until a higher-ranking officer arrives. Fire fighters can act during those first critical minutes, when higher authorities may not have arrived at the scene.
Naturally, at times other resources for backup will be needed. The department participates in multi-agency disaster drills and has engaged in mutual aid agreements with the Tucson Fire Department, the Arizona Air National Guard, and Drexel Heights Fire Department. These agencies have practiced their responses to aircraft incidents and have agreed to provide all necessary assistance in the event of a calamity. They also receive continuing education from the TAA Fire Department in regards to airport operations.