This timeline is meant to illustrate the methodical flow and review process for all programs and results that have led to the development of the best alarm management practices, model ordinance and the various position papers for the early years. Stay tuned for next week’s blog, when we cover 2001-2013.
1992 Industry Joins IACP/PSLC – The PSLC (Private Sector Liaison Committee) mission is to develop strategies to address and reduce the mutual problem for chiefs and the alarm industry of excessive numbers of false alarms. The initial effort began by commissioning the help of Peter E. Ohlhausen to do a study on the causes and effects of false alarms. The alarm industry agreed to help fund the research with IACP and subsequently the report, “False Alarm Perspectives: A Solution-Oriented Resource,” was completed in 1993. By definition in its purpose, the report was a “…compendium of information on false alarms.” Although it was not intended to deliver solutions, it did provide a clear picture of the challenges ahead.
1993 PSLC Requests “Model Cities” – Fully recognizing the seriousness and magnitude of the issue, the PSLC members pushed for action from the alarm industry that could provide long-term solutions, and so the “Model Cities” project was introduced in 1993 and officially launched in 1994. Three private/public sector teams were formed to independently attack and reduce dispatches in the cities of Bellevue, WA, Elgin, IL and Philadelphia, PA. The teams embraced the challenge, worked together, and though each took a slightly different approach, each team succeeded in reducing false dispatches by the end of the program in 1995.
1996 Model States Project Planned – After reviewing the “Model Cities” data, the most effective “Best Practices” were extracted and combined. The chiefs within PSLC challenged the industry to see if they could be applied successfully over a wider range of cities and states, and so the “Model States” project was introduced. The best vehicle for implementing and coordinating such a project would be through the IACP/SACOP – State Association of Chiefs of Police. (A joint meeting with the various public and private sector representatives was held in August 1996. The mission, goals, tactics, and preliminary budget were developed and all parties pledged cooperation.) The alarm industry through AIREF (Alarm Industry Research & Educational Foundation) agreed to fund the project at a cost of $1.3 million.
1997 Model States Project Launched. Chiefs in about 15 cities for each of the four states selected (Florida, Illinois, California and Washington), would agree to apply the best practices to their respective cities. The industry provided a dedicated full-time coordinator in each state to help manage, coordinate and collect data for the duration of the study. SACOP chapters selected a chief to oversee each state’s program and to coordinate with the industry.
1999 Model States Report Completed – IACP/PSLC & SACOP representatives took the collective data and proposed results under review, made some slight adjustments and then authorized the report to be published and distributed to law enforcement. The results reported by the Model States Report remain valid today and they are the basis on which all subsequent activity was modeled after.
2000 CARE – Coordinated Alarm Reduction Effort – was the post-Model States project entity used by the industry to promote the Model States results. This was initially accomplished through the use of over 20 regional summits hosted by law enforcement agencies, held across the nation and paid for by the industry. Over one thousand agencies attended these presentations
ANSI CP-01 Standard – Industry receives ANSI approval for the new control panel standard that targets false alarm reductions from user error. PSLC agrees to add to it “Best Practices.”
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