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Jul 14, 2010 8:33 PM

Boycott doesn't keep L.A.P.D. officers from Tucson conference

TUCSON- Despite the city of Los Angeles boycotting Arizona over SB1070, members of the Los Angeles Police Protective League came to Tucson anyway.

The union representing L.A.P.D officers say four of them are in town attending the annual Airborne Law Enforcement Association conference.

L.A. city leaders had cancelled conference funding, but the union stepped in to pay for travel expenses.

"They were able to work out an arrangement," says James Di Giovanna with Airborne Law Enforcement Association, Inc.

"Where they didn't violate the boycott that the city has set up but under the circumstances they recognize the value of the training and were able to come. They came here on their own time, expending their own resources," he says.

"The Los Angeles Police Protective League is NOT boycotting the Airborne Law Enforcement Training in Tucson," says L.A.P.P.L. President Paul Weber in a statement to News 4. "The decision to boycott Arizona was a political one by the Los Angeles City Council, not the 10,000 rank and file officers. The L.A.P.P.L. is funding four L.A.P.D officers who are attending this important event in Tucson, on their own time. This highly regarded conference will provide our officers the latest information and technology to keep residents safe."

The Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA), in cooperation with the Tucson Police Department and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine (Tucson Branch), are conducting its 40th Annual Conference & Exposition in Tucson, Arizona.

The conference will bring together over 1,200 practitioners and service providers from around the globe to train, network, and meet on issues facing local, state, and federal airborne law enforcement agencies and personnel.

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