Improved Security Recommended at LA Water, Power Facilities

Anti-terrorism experts are recommending that the Los Angeles Water and Power department improves training, equipment and security measures to protect its facilities.

The advice comes after examining complaints by D-W-P guards that the agency failed to do enough to protect its reservoirs and electric plants. An internal survey of the guards found many complained the agency was not adequately screening, training and overseeing the people it hired to guard the facilities.

They worried the plants and reservoirs were vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

Mayor James Hahn, who ordered police experts to assess the situation, says new training for D-W-P guards are underway. He says the agency is also hiring dozens more security officers to protect its remote facilties, as well as 10-thousand miles of transmission lines and seven thousand miles of water pipes.