Over the years, SIAC has participated as a sponsor in multiple national meetings for the benefit of the alarm industry and the four major associations we represent: The Electronic Security Association, Central Station Alarm Association, Security Industry Association and Canadian Security Association. Our goal has been, and continues to be, to build bridges, open doors and deepen relationships with key officials in the law enforcement community so that we can jointly produce better alarm management tools.
It’s not easy coming to solutions on these issues. One of the reasons we consistently head to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and National Sheriffs Association (NSA) meetings and annual convention is to make the process easier in finding common ground.
This year, for the first time, we’ve been accepted as a sponsor for the fall meeting of the Major County Sheriffs Association. That’s a big deal for SIAC, and for the security industry overall. It is the first time we will be attending this event, and it means a lot that they have accepted us as a sponsor. That indicates we are continuing to expand our outreach and grow our relationships with these key officials.
Similarly, at IACP, we will be a Gold Sponsor for their annual meeting in Philadelphia in October. This $25,000 sponsorship is unselfishly paid for by all the associations, but submitted under the SIAC name to enhance and maintain our designated presence as “the voice of the industry”.
We look forward to working with the chiefs and sheriffs on the various panels at both of these upcoming conventions. Sometimes meetings will be acrimonious. Sometimes we’ll find quick solutions that everyone can agree on.
It’s not always about immediate “wins”; what’s important is that we are consistently there as the face of the industry, working with these key leaders and reinforcing our commitment to the partnership.