Los Angeles Gives Industry a Reprieve


The Los Angeles City Council has voted 12-1 to block the
Los Angeles Police Commission’s (LAPC) bid to institute a
verified response in the city—for now. Although the
council conceded that the issue of false alarms and
dispatches—and the drain they cause on law enforcement—
remains a major problem, they concluded that it must be
investigated further before the adoption of verified
response takes place.

“The L.A. City Council now has 21 days in which to reviewthe matter,” California Alarm Association (CAA) Executive Director Jerry Lenander told Security Sales & Integration Publisher Michael Zawinski, who attended the meeting. “If the council puts it to a vote, a minimum of 10 council members would be required to reject the LAPC’srecommendation. If the council does not render a decision within the period, the LAPC’s plan would then go into effect,” adds Lenander.

Tuesday’s meeting at the Los Angeles Courthouse drew a large number of citizens and people from the alarm industry. The delay in determing the fate of verified response in L.A. will allow both groups to speak their peace and potentially impact the outcome.

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