04-17-2017, 06:39 AM
"An Aviation Department spokeswoman did not respond to questions about the duties of the aviation police force,
but Zalewski said the agency's commissioner will be asked that on Thursday.
The agency's history is a decidedly Chicago story.
According to Zalewski, the force was created years ago by the legendary Mayor Richard J. Daley.
"The chief of his bodyguard detail, when he retired, was sent to O'Hare to head up a new security detail ... called gate guards."
he said. "In the old days, it was all patronage. It was all clout to get those jobs."
The department grew and became more sophisticated during the tenure of Daley's son, Mayor Richard M. Daley.
The "gate guards" became "aviation security officers" whose uniforms closely resembled those of city police officers, Zalewski said.