Chief Hyams

Michael Hyams


Quote from Chief Hyams

"Welcome to Los Angeles and Los Angeles International Airport.  Not only is your safety at the airport our priority, but a positive passenger experience is our goal.  We are investing over $4 billion to modernize LAX which includes upwards of $600 million in direct improvements to passenger safety and security, including increased police personnel, improved runway and pilot warning systems, and upgraded emergency response facilities and equipment.  Since September 11, 2001, more than $1.6 billion has been invested to make LAX safer and more secure. 

For more than 80-years, LAX has been leading Los Angeles into the future – creating jobs, driving our local economy, connecting greater metropolitan LA to the world, and the world to LA.  The future is landing at LAX, and it is LAneXt.  For more information on all of the exciting changes taking place visit" 

Airport police and security officers throughout the airport are ready to provide any needed assistance during your transit.  I look forward to an exciting and meaningful conference and to meeting many of you."


Michael Hyams came to LAWA in September 2010 as Assistant Chief of Operations.  In January 2012 he was appointed Interim Chief of Airport Police.

Chief Hyams has a diverse law enforcement background which includes 25 years of senior management and supervisory experience and nine years as a police legal advisor and professional standards expert.

He rose through the ranks at the Newport Beach Police Department to Captain and served as Division Commander for Patrol, Detectives, and Support Services. He also served as Executive Director of Judicial Support for the Orange County Superior Court, responsible for all public safety provided by the court’s 600 Sheriff’s deputies and leading over 300 professional civilian staff.  After leaving NBPD, he worked a short time for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Office of the Inspector General.

Chief Hyams earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Western State College of Law, a PhD in Psychology from U.S. International University, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands. He is a 1977 honor graduate of the Los Angeles Police Academy, and a 1996 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. He is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and earned AAAE status as an Airport Certified Employee in Security.


Michael T. Hyams

Chief of Airport Police

Los Angeles World Airports

Interim Chief of Airport Police