The National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) honored SCI Instructor Dr. John Sullivan with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work establishing what became the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center (LA-JRIC).
The NFCA noted in giving the award:
“The Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group (LA TEW) was established in 1996. It was designed by Lt. John P. Sullivan of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The LA TEW included analysts from local, state, and federal agencies to produce a range of intelligence products at all phases of prevention and response. The TEW integrated criminal and operational intelligence to support strategic and tactical users.
“As part of this process, the TEW identified emerging threats and provided early warning by integrating inputs and analysis from a multidisciplinary, inter-agency team. The LA TEW served as the model and base for what would later become the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC), which opened its doors in 2006.
“John Sullivan and staff from the LA TEW partnered with DHS in 2003 to share best practices and lessons learned from the LA TEW with states and cities from across the nation, they eventually opened the National TEW Resource Center in partnership with DHS. These efforts helped many locations across the United States design and develop what would later become known as fusion centers.”