â€œI wanted to come here to pay my respects for what you do,â€ said Sheriff Baca, who leads a department of more than 9,000 officers. He spoke about the need for technology and he felt there are not enough alarms in the community or the right kind. â€œI have gone to alarm calls for 39 years and I do not have any complaints,â€ Sheriff Baca said. â€œYes, there are false alarms, but so what?â€ Baca did suggest a simpler system and process to deactivate alarms based on personal experience. He said alarm systems are a tool for public safety, not a perfect one, but law enforcement can work with it.
The meeting, which took place at the Los Angeles Police Academy, drew more than 125 GLASSA members. Los Angeles County Sheriffâ€™s department averages 150,000 alarm calls a year, with around 75% of them being false. The County provides a letter for the first false alarm, a second activation results in a stern letter, and the third false activation results in a letter outlining the fines that will be assessed on the next false alarm. â€œI need something from your industry, but I donâ€™t know what it is,â€ said Baca. â€œI want to talk to vendors and others about the technology that we have and can develop to address public safety issues, and how we can address them more effectively together.â€