Security Sales & Integration

October 2013

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PROVIDERS AS PUBLIC SAFETY PARTNERS States have chosen this path out of more than 18,000 jurisdictions over a period of 12 years. We could argue from that simple statistic that SIAC's strategy of proactive outreach of education on real long-term solutions has been accepted by mainstream law enforcement, but the issues are much more complex than that, and require continued vigilance, perhaps now more than ever. WHY WE ARE WINNING THE WAR In just this past year, nonresponse initiatives and proposals to fne alarm companies have diminished greatly. Not by accident, SIAC believes its long-term strategy of partnership through outreach and education is working exactly as planned. It's incorrectly perceived that most of SIAC's resources are spent battling bad ordinances. Most of the organization's effort is relationship-building and education through afliation with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Sherifs' Association (NSA), Association of PublicSafety Communications Ofcials (APCO), State Association of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) and other law enforcement groups, along with organizations involved in security-related issues. A signifcant change from the past several years has been the efort setting up alarm management committees at the state level through the state chief's organizations. Tat effort, which requires strong cooperation between members of the alarm industry within a state and members of law enforcement, has grown tremendously. What was once just a couple of alarm management committees many years ago has grown to 12 with several more pending. Te addition of (retired) Chief Steve Keefer as SIAC's West Coast law enforcement liaison promises even greater opportunity to expand this extremely efective program. Tis means individuals on both sides of the issue are working together to solve the problem of unnecessary alarms. Tat's a critical point to remember: Rather than aggressively engaging each other, ideas and solutions are being shared to fnd what works best. Tis is a winning proposal for all parties The security industry has moved from indifference to taking responsibility for the false alarm issue, forging stronger bonds with key offcials in communities nationwide. Better technology, best practices and consistent outreach is making a huge difference, with the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) at the forefront of education and advocacy. By Stan Martin — especially the public. Getting the information into the hands of police chiefs is critical to fnding common ground. When they understand the number of alternatives that will signifcantly reduce alarm dispatches, keep funds fowing into their local jurisdiction and still serve the citizens with response, it's a win for each local community because public safety is enhanced. It's a win for the police department because they can typically be more efective in their resource use and fund a sustainable response program. And it's a win for the alarm industry because customers continue to receive the sworn ofcer response they expect as taxpayers. Not surprisingly, more chiefs are speaking up in support of the industry. Given the past history on alarm-related issues, that's a major step forward. Five years ago, SIAC had good relationships with a number of nationally known police chiefs. Tat number has expanded dramatically since then. Not only do they work with our industry, but they are also willing to speak up in support of SIAC and its solutions-based approach (see the Law Enforcement Video at siacinc.org). While SIAC is not typically directly active on the state or federal legislative front, the organization does work on issues that have statewide impacts, like Enhanced Call Verifcation (ECV). For more than six years, SIAC's Glen Mowrey has worked tirelessly to get ECV (a.k.a. two-call verifcation) mandated statewide. His eforts have borne fruit as most recently a law was signed into place for the state of Georgia, bringing to fve the number of states that have a statewide mandate for ECV implementation. OCTOBER 2013 / SECURITYSALES.COM / 65

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