Joan T. McNamara, Senior Consultant is a 28 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Commander McNamara's (retired) accomplished career has been recognized by numerous awards of distinction such as the National Intelligence Superior Public Service Medal by the Director of National Intelligence for 'significant accomplishments and the material advancement of suspicious activity reporting programs locally and nationally'. She is a nationally recognized speaker and content expert on suspicious activity.
During Commander McNamara's exceptional career of police work, she served in a wide range of operational, investigative, administrative and command positions. Her deep seeded passion to make communities safe fostered many pioneering interventions, and partnerships, engaging communities members and others to work together. She also leveraged existing state and federal agencies to insure the sustainability of community efforts.
As the Commander of the LAPD Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau, she spearheaded activities in the area of Intelligence-Led Policing. She developed a system of suspicious activity reporting that became the model for the national initiative. This comprehensive system of police training, analytics, partnerships, reporting and community engagement has been adopted by federal agencies and police departments nationwide. A key part of this strategy was a landmark web based reporting site for See Something Say SomethingTM - 'iWatchLA.org' - which was developed to make it possible for community members to join in the synthesis of information and the prevention of terrorism in their communities.
Since retiring, the Commander continues her commitment to keeping communities safe both domestically and internationally. She is an important resource to national and federal agencies on evolving strategies for crime and terrorism prevention, as well as to local police jurisdictions on building capacity within their departments.
Commander McNamara is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 211 and several other nationally recognized executive leadership programs.