Chief Scott Edson has over 39 years of law enforcement experience with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD). He is currently the Chief of Special Operations Division which includes Homeland Security, Counterterrorism, Intelligence, SWAT, Air Operations, Crime Analysis, Information Sharing, Street Gang Investigations, Emergency Management, Crisis Negotiations, Arson and Explosives, and the Mental Evaluation Teams. Prior assignments include communications, technology, law enforcement information sharing, emergency management, investigations, patrol and custody.
Chief Edson is a very active member of the National Sheriffs' Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major County Sheriffs' Association, Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, and several others. He is often called upon to represent these associations on various committees, working groups and other meetings. Additionally, he is the Chair of the International Public Safety Association, Board of Directors.
Chief Edson is a graduate of the Department of Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Homeland Security Leadership Academy. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology Management and an Associate of Arts degree in Administration of Justice.
The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) Joint Powers Authority recently culminated a nationwide search for a new Executive Director by selecting Chief Scott Edson. Chief Edson will retire and assume that role in March of 2017.