Next Generation Internship Program

Academic interns support and develop public safety initiatives

HSAC’s one-year graduate-level stipend supported internship program, and integration into key HSAC initiatives, fosters and develops the next generation of public safety leaders.

Meet our current interns here.

Public Safety Research Center

Lead and support research in key public safety areas

HSAC supports research that strengthens Los Angeles’ public safety and homeland security capabilities, and contributes best practices and expertise to the broader community. This includes:

  • Hazards and Risk Assessment Research: HSAC will partner with leading scholars and field experts to support hazard and disaster mitigation research. Additionally, HSAC will incorporate private sector assessment and economic impact analysis into this area of study.
  • Homeland Security Research: HSAC develops partnerships with researchers that specialize in homeland security, public safety, and the assessment of individual and region-wide preparedness.
  • Supply Chain Resilience ResearchHSAC supports national, state, and local efforts in assessing the risks and challenges facing key commodity sectors. We work to incorporate private sector assessment and economic impact analysis into this research.
  • HSAC Research Library: All research will be made available to the public online via the “HSAC Research Library”.


Coordinate and host regional emergency management exercises


HSAC hosts small-scale exercises to provide training, tools, and resources for the private and public sectors, allowing for measurement, assessment, and testing of emergency plans.


HSAC immerses participants from the private, public, and civic sectors in a dynamic and active, multiple-threat, large-scale exercise. Exercise participants from various agencies/jurisdictions will gather to assess the region’s response capabilities. The exercises range from natural disasters, active shooter scenarios, and other human-caused incidents.

Incident Management/Unified Command (IMUC) Program

Increase access to vital training for regional public safety personnel

HSAC will enlist nationally recognized trainers to host premier simulation-based training for elected officials and public safety professionals in the Los Angeles region. Training will be hosted locally to increase the number of participants and broaden the pool of induviduals from both the private and public sectors.

This training is scalable; HSAC will host additional training cohorts per year, based on additional support.