"Now we have a police department here that has the weapons and the training that if something were to happen, we would be able to respond," Skvarna said.
Massa's next request for Joint-SWAT Aircraft Training, which the authority also granted, would put Bob Hope Airport and its police department on the map with agencies across the West Coast, he said.
The session last year included about 90 officers from SWAT teams with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, LAPD and FBI training on three aircraft donated by Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways.
This year, the exercise grew to 300 officers from more agencies.
"Bob Hope Airport has now become a training ground for tactical teams that are able to train on airplanes and get extensive training on airplanes," Massa said.
For his Officer of the Year award, Massa was flown to the national memorial for peace officers in Washington, D.C.
There, he was able to reconnect with fallen SWAT officers Randy Simmons, Robert J. Cottle, a Marine reserve and the first officer killed in combat in Afghanistan, and longtime LAPD Chief Daryl Gates, for whom he cooked his famous macaroni and cheese.
"With those three officers gone, it was very important that I was able to go back there," Massa said. "I was able to see Randy's name on the wall. They had put Gates' name on the wall. And I was able to go to R.J.'s grave site over at Arlington National Cemetery. This is a family. And it's because of that family that I got to say goodbye."
Massa was involved in dozens of high-profile incidents in Los Angeles. In 1997, he was one of the officers who responded to the North Hollywood shootout at Bank of America.