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John McMahon


Commander, Information Technology Group
Los Angeles Police Department
Commander John J. McMahon, joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1989 and is a recognized law enforcement leader and national use of force expert. Serving in both headquarters and field command positions, his work modernized the LAPD's tactical de-escalation protocols for violent offenders and has been hailed as a model for other agencies around the country. Prior to leading the Information Technology Group and Use of Force Review teams, he provided leadership support to the oversight of the Office of Operation's five divisions: Metropolitan, Major Crimes, Air Support, Emergency Operations and Emergency Services.

Promoted in 2001, McMahon served twelve years as a lieutenant and worked as a watch commander, administrative lieutenant, detective commanding officer, and as the Officer in Charge when Operations- Valley Bureau first implemented the Violent Crime Task Force. He worked extensively with retailers, local businesses and community leaders on crime prevention initiatives.

Additionally, he has served as an Assistant Watch Commander to the patrol operations team in Wilshire Area, supervised a staff responsible for preparing directives regarding Department policy and procedures for the Chief of Police and was also assigned to Internal Affairs as a member of the Rampart Corruption Task Force.

Raised in Southern California, McMahon was originally inspired to join the Department by his father, a World War II Army veteran, who greatly admired the Los Angeles Police Department. Commander McMahon holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of LaVerne, and is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Academy.

Speaking in:

Wednesday Jun 12
8:00 - 8:45 AM
CIS Security Solutions Theatre, ACC North, Level 2

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