Director's Message

As the Executive Director for the Joint Regional Intelligence Center it is my honor to welcome you to our website.  The JRIC area of responsibility is a dynamic, fast paced environment that challenges our team daily to meet our mandate of protecting the homeland.  JRIC covers six counties; Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura to include nearly 40,000 square miles of territory, 16 million residents, and nearly 200 public safety agencies including law enforcement, the fire service and public health agencies.

The diversity of threats faced in the JRIC are unlike those faced by most other fusion centers in that most of the identified threat targets are resident within the JRIC’s area responsibility.  Whether it is the two major ports (Los Angeles and Long Beach) in the country, several major airports, the entertainment industry, the energy sector, tech industry or other critical infrastructure crucial to our way of life.

To face the emerging and persistent threats in the JRIC AOR, personnel publish information and intelligence to educate our thousands of first responders, provide cutting edge training in subjects of continued concern, provide critical infrastructure assessments and support complex criminal investigations on behalf of the law enforcement agencies within the six counties. The JRIC serves as the point of intake for suspicious activity reporting and ensures reported information is directed to the responsible agency in a timely manner.

The JRIC completes all these duties while recognizing and protecting the civil rights, civil liberties and privacy of our communities.  All JRIC personnel received continuous training and daily supervision to ensure those rights and privacy are protected.

The threat environment is constantly changing but you can be assured the dedicated JRIC team representing dozens of agencies are working day and night to protect you and your families.

About the Director

John Stedman was appointed as the Executive Director of the Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC) on January 4, 2021.  He brings more than thirty eight years of varied law enforcement experience with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) including intelligence, investigations, emergency management, narcotics, and patrol operations. Director Stedman spent the final seventeen years of his career specializing in the fields of Homeland Security and Intelligence.  

Director Stedman spent four years as the commanding officer of the Sheriff’s Emergency Operations Bureau with a focus on creating an intelligence driven response to the challenges of emergency management.  He was the driving force for the creation of both the LASD Criminal Intelligence Bureau and the 24/7 Department Operations Center.  As a Commander in the LASD, he was selected by former Sheriff McDonnell to serve as the Department’s national representative to the Major Cities Chiefs Intelligence Commanders group, the Major County Sheriffs Intelligence Commanders group, and the Department of Homeland Security’s State and Local Intelligence Council.  

Director Stedman was also the Sheriff’s Department’s executive representative to the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force, Area Maritime Security Committee and the JRIC Governance Board where he served as the Chair in 2018.  He was honorably retired from the LASD in 2019 as the Chief of Special Operations Division and received the Department’s Distinguished Service Award.  Director Stedman has four adult children, two grandchildren and resides with his wife of thirty four years in Orange County.