Campus Safety Chief Robbie Williams led the training of more than 200 California Highway Patrol officers on June 1, 2022, in a daylong Summit of the Americas security training on the Loyola Marymount University campus.
“Hosting our CHP partners on our campus further exemplifies LMU’s storied commitment to community engagement and resource sharing,” Williams said. “And it serves as a great reminder that today’s problems and tomorrow’s solutions require this type of intentional collaboration between our organizations.”
The Summit of the Americas is the only hemispheric meeting of heads of state and senior dignitaries from the 35 nations that make up North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Leaders convene every three years to advance the shared goals for the Western Hemisphere, including discussions on trade, economics, culture, digital transformation, and democracy. The 2022 Los Angeles summit marked the first time since the inaugural 1994 meeting that the United States hosted the event.
During their time at LMU, CHP officers were trained on providing elite security detail for heads of state, and reviewed motorcade, traffic management, and communications operations. They also ran tabletop exercises for various emergency scenarios.
Many officers were already familiar both with LMU and dignitary security details, having previously served the Westchester campus during the 2019 DNC presidential debate. However, the scale of the Summit of the Americas offered significant risks and responsibilities, including 55 separate security details (over four times the number of details provided when L.A. hosted the Super Bowl in February).
The Summit of the Americas ran June 6 – 10 at various locales throughout Los Angeles. Representatives from the United States included President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.