Security & Life Safety Technician (Retired)
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
After 20 years specializing in automation and controls, John joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Security and Life Safety Group to support the design, implementation and testing of security, life safety and access control solutions. John was instrumental in the creation of the Los Angeles County central station for the LASD. The LASD is the United States’ largest sheriff’s department, with over 18,000 employees and provides security services for L.A. County, including 153 unincorporated communities, 42 cities, the Superior Court, the county jail system, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metrolink, 10 community colleges, 177 parks, golf courses, special event venues, two major lakes, 16 hospitals and over 300 county facilities.
Last year, the need to modernize physical access control systems was underscored in discussions at SIA GovSummit. This year, experts from government agencies and the security software industry will share the lessons learned in their efforts to modernize government security systems. Specifically, the panel will discuss how they standardized legacy technologies like access control, video management and other physical security systems and integrated data silos from those systems to provide centralized visibility and improved safety for their facilities. In addition to sharing their experiences, insights and road maps in architecting these systems, the panel will also discuss the changes in policies that were needed to address the challenges and risks that face highly secured government facilities.