St. Cloud, Florida Gets 67% Reduction in Alarm Dispatches with Model Ordinance

St. Cloud, FL recently released statistics showing that is had reduced alarm dispatches by 67 percent using the Model Ordinance. That’s not news to us, because SIAC and other committed organizations, companies and associations in the electronic security industry have seen similar reductions the past 10 years in many communities across the U.S.

 

But, it might be news to you, which is why we’re writing about it today. Too often we hear about failures. Things go wrong and it’s the headline in the newspaper. Something breaks down, and it’s on the 6 p.m. news. Something goes right or gets corrected and it is mentioned in passing.

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In the case of St. Cloud, this positive statistic, which benefits the police department, the local community and our industry, demonstrates that well-implemented alarm management practices provide the intended results – fewer dispatches. Police are freed to address other calls that may have greater public safety consequences. Customers are happy that they don’t have unnecessary alarm activations. In turn, security companies are in better shape because they can sell improved alarm management practices (and the reduction in alarm dispatches) to new customers as a benefit – fewer fines to the customer.

 

St. Cloud Police Chief Pete Gauntlett was given SIAC’s Award of Distinction for his work on this project, along with the Alarm Association of Florida (AAF). We recognized their outstanding work in reducing unwanted alarm activations.

 

SIAC worked with the police department and AAF using the model ordinance to get the reduction in numbers. SIAC’s Glen Mowrey was instrumental in bringing the parties together. It’s good to see that working closely and cooperatively  another jurisdiction has shown what it can do to lower its number of unnecessary alarm dispatches. We are confident that Glen and the rest of the SIAC team will have more successes this year bringing parties to the table. This is what we do!

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Taking Stock

Take stock. We don’t mean buying shares on the stock market. We don’t mean stealing someone’s stash of papers. We mean, “Take stock of where you are, where you’re headed, what’s important, and what it’s going to take to get you there.”

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At SIAC, we regularly take stock throughout the year, and then focus even more intently as a year ends and the new one begins. We must do this. As a non-profit entity, we are always responsible to those people and companies who place their trust in us by donating money to our cause. We can’t exist without them.

 

We also MUST be responsible to them, setting clear goals and then demonstrating how we’ve met them, or where we’ve missed. That’s why we have a broad Board of Directors. They keep us focused on our mission, redirect us as necessary, and help us redefine goals when needed.

 

As this new year unfolds, SIAC continues to face some very difficult issues, primary among them continuing to raise funds to do quality work for the electronic security industry. If you contribute to our cause, we want to thank you again. If you’ve thought about helping us out, but haven’t contributed $$$ in the past, please check us out on this link and set up a contribution. We need your help.

 

SIAC has had multiple successes this past year : 1) It was our second consecutive year with no agencies ceasing response to alarms; 2) We added several new Alarm Management Committees through the state chiefs associations; 3) We’ve had meetings with over 170 law enforcement agencies guiding them to adopt ordinances  friendly to all stakeholders.  Those successes couldn’t have occurred without our supporters, and we won’t be able to address newer issues without sustained funding . In 2017 we plan to continue our outreach efforts to law enforcement, guide decisions on ordinances and promote technology, like video, to help law enforcement apprehend criminals.

 

So, we are taking stock again as 2016 has ended and 2017 begins. We hope those of you reading this who’ve stood behind us in the past continue to do so, and provide as feedback to help us get better. For those of you new to our cause, we urge you to step to the plate. Our industry and every individual company benefits from the problems SIAC helps resolve, the programs we help implement and the relationships we build.
Thank you,

Stan Martin

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Women in the Electronic Security Industry

Security Systems News (SSN) has an excellent annual edition of its publication that highlights accomplishments of women in the electronic security industry. Like the need to bring younger people into our industry, SIAC also supports recruiting and publicizing the efforts of women in security to keep our businesses vibrant in the years ahead.

 

We are a growing country of diversity. It’s important that our companies reflect that. One way to open doors is through writing about accomplishments and ideas. SSN does a great job of that in several articles on key women influencing our markets.

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Check out the articles we’ve highlighted in this blog. Click on the links. You’ll find interesting women influencing what’s going to happen in the years ahead. You’ll find fresh perspective. We like that.

 

In each section of the publication—Commercial & Systems Integrators; Monitoring; Residential; and Suppliers—SSN features one woman who is making a difference in security today, including The Protection Bureau’s SVP Karen Baker, Custom Alarm’s CEO Melissa Brinkman, Washington Alarm’s COO Shannon Woodman, and Iluminar’s president, CEO and co-founder Edwina “Eddie” Reynolds.

 

We appreciate SSN’s annual publicity. Our industry is better off for it.

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ESA Leadership Summit Hits Tampa in February

The Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) Annual Leadership Summit will hit Tampa, FL, this coming February. If you read this blog regularly, you should attend and participate in the learning sessions. SIAC staff regularly attend the Summit, and every year we’ve not only gained valuable learning experiences, but we have also consistently expanded our range of contacts.

What impresses us repeatedly about what ESA and their staff do is how the stay on top of trends in our industry. They don’t rest. Instead, they actively seek out the new issues and what’s affecting our businesses. They then look for speakers and presenters who are highly qualified to address those issues, and build sessions around them.

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It’s not an easy task, but ESA has shown year after year it is up to the task. Add to the electronic security industry focus the fact that the Summit has a “leadership” theme, and you’ll find many ways to not only grow your business, but ways to help you and your company stand out in your local community.

 

Most security integrators are smaller businesses, often family-operated. The Leadership Summit provides a great forum for those types of businesses to learn new tactics and techniques in highly focused three days. We recommend you sign up if you haven’t done so already.

 

It can be hard to find time for the right training or business building sessions that work for smaller companies. ESA’s Leadership Summit is a great way to get the best benefits for your company, regardless of size.

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Stan Martin Reappointed to NSA Outreach Committee

SIAC’s own Stan Martin has been reappointed to the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) Outreach Committee, which includes crime prevention and alarm subgroups. Stan has served on this committee for eleven years. SIAC is proud to partner with NSA and serve on committees to help further progress on alarm management improvements, as well as develop new techniques for the security industry and law enforcement to work collaboratively on solutions.

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Committee work takes time and patience for successful results. Because of the time it takes, it can be hard to see the accomplishments of these committees. But when we do, they’ve occurred because agreement has been reached that includes buy-in from multiple partners. That means the changes stand a much stronger chance of succeeding over time. They are defensible. For example, we have seen NSA resolutions supporting 2-call confirmation, CP-01 and the latest Priority Dispatch/Verification.

Appointments are made for one-year terms. NSA President Greg Champagne recently announced his 2016-2017 term appointments. Stan will be in attendance to serve on the committee at several key sessions. They include NSA’s Winter Legislative and Technology Conference, February 4-7, 2017 in Washington, D.C.; and NSA’s Annual Education and Technology Expo, June 23-28, 2017 in Reno, NV.

By representing the electronic security industry to the NSA, we keep communication channels open to leadership while continuing to reduce unnecessary alarm activations. We also increase our industry’s visibility, commitment and support with law enforcement officials, essential to meeting our core mission.

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The SIAC Team Game

Many of you who read our blog know our SIAC team personally. Others do not. Because so many of our accomplishments flow from the work of our talented staff, I’d like to run down our team for those of you who may not know us or who don’t know some of our players.

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Glen Mowrey is our law enforcement star. He travels the country and works relentlessly to meet with police and sheriff departments to establish sound ordinances as well as state alarm management committees with members of the security industry.

Jon Sargent is a key western contact for SIAC, heavily servicing California, Nevada and Arizona. He attends industry sessions and provides timely and critical information to both law enforcement and industry forums. His knowledge of our industry is vast and strategic. Chuck Brobeck helps Jon with our California law enforcement connections.

 
Ron Walters moved to California from Florida this past year and though he does attend some local alarm association meetings, his more prevalent duties include rewriting alarm ordinances to make them more effective for all parties. He also tirelessly writes articles for industry and state publications to explain the work we do. Ron is our ordinance expert – he reviews and analyzes proposed documents from various agencies, proposed language adjustments to comply with best practices while removing onerous provisions.  He is our primary contact and liaison for ESA, their chapters and members.

Steve Keefer fills a similar role to Glen, handling law enforcement connections in the Western part of the U.S. He attends meetings, provides information, writes alarm ordinances and ensures the security industry perspective is heard.
Tom Sweeney handles law enforcement relations for SIAC in the Northeast U.S. His insights and expertise help build strong relationships and gives our industry better opportunities to establish effective alarm management procedures.

Bob Pence is the newest member of the team, retired from the FBI. He works primarily in Colorado where he has strong relationships with law enforcement officials statewide. He also assists with his network of national contacts.

These men get it done. If you need us, we’ll be there to help. You can reach our contact information on the SIAC web site. I couldn’t be prouder of their contributions and accomplishments. We’ve made tremendous progress improving alarm management practices and relations with law enforcement officials across North America. That’s a direct testament to their talent, drive and dedication. If you see them out and about at industry functions, please give them a show of thanks!

Stan Martin

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IACP Meeting Attendance Exceeds Expectations

The recent IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) meeting in San Diego exceeded attendance expectations. SIAC was there in full force, and SIAC staff met, visited with or saw the IACP President Terrence Cunningham, executive director, several past presidents and most of the Private Sector Liaison Committee (PSLC). A huge part of our success improving alarm management practices rests on relationships with these and other law enforcement officials.

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Beyond the IACP, we also caught up with Shanahan award recipients and State Association of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) executive directors, presidents and members. Photos and other information can also be accessed on out Twitter and Facebook pages.

The PSLC meetings went well, with no major issues surfacing. The electronic security industry was well-represented, with several dealers in attendance. Overall, this was one of the best events in recent years, and we want to thank all who attended and helped continue to grow our collaboration with law enforcement.

The biggest testament to success of the event was the attendance at the industry reception. We estimated a crowd of 140, maybe more. The room was filled to capacity! Again, SIAC attends and sponsors these types of sessions to expand security industry relationships with law enforcement, so these large numbers are an excellent testament to officials from both sides coming together to learn from each  other and solve problems proactively.  Thank you to all.

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