Verified Response Proposal in L.A. Continues; Meeting Postponed
The potential adoption of a verified-response policy in Los Angeles remains undecided as a scheduled Los Angeles Police Commission hearing was postponed June 18, Lessing Gold of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp said at a Greater Los Angeles Security Alarm Association (GLASAA) meeting.
In April, the commission approved a proposal to mandate alarm companies, under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Police Department, to have their own armed guards respond to burglar alarms and verify if the alarm is false or legitimate.
Lessing told attendees at the meeting that, although the association was never notified by the police department that it was considering this type of policy, GLASAA wants to avoid becoming antagonistic and find a way to work in partnership with the police commission. Another hearing is scheduled for July 18, said Anabella Fermin of the LAPD Commission Investigation Division.
Until then, the association will aim at getting an audience before the commission and putting forth an affirmative program that the industry will support in hopes that the police commission will change its mind. “The association has always taken the position of, ‘We don’t want to fight with you folks. We want to work with you,” Gold said. “This will be the thrust of the position we put forth.”
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