Last week, local leadership in the electronic security industry attended a meeting with the Shawnee City (Kansas) officials and Police Department to discuss the viability of a non-response to alarms policy. After presentations by both sides, the Council voted down the proposed policy shift, and directed the police to meet with the industry leaders to find an alternative to non response.
This is a huge victory for the alarm users of Shawnee, and the efforts by Bob Scales of Safe Guard KC and Keith Bowman of Metro Security should be singled out. While quite a few dealers engaged in this issue these two individuals put their businesses aside for over a week while preparing for the meeting.
In the coming days, we will be engaging the authorities in Shawnee to develop a program that suits the community. While we work together with local companies in the area, we all should keep an open mind and look towards solutions. In the mean time, we all owe a debt of gratitude to those who stepped forward and spoke out.
The talented and committed people in this industry helped make this happen. This is a victory for the alarm users – the people we serve.
Congratulations to everyone, but especially Keith and Bob for a job well done.