One of the reasons Alarm Management Committees are growing and becoming increasingly active and effective is the involvement of the State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP). These committees, now operating in 15 states, bring together key leadership from police chiefs in the state and members of the alarm industry. The goal is to work together and find cooperative solutions to improve the management of alarm systems.
The SACOP Spring Meeting just concluded in San Antonio, and we were pleased to have SIAC Law Liaisons Glen Mowrey and Steve Keefer (both retired police chiefs) in attendance. They were able to network with Executive Directors of the SACOP chapters and their leadership presidents or representatives (chiefs). SIAC proudly served as a Silver Sponsor of the event.
This event and other SACOP meetings help us reaffirm to our law enforcement partners the electronic security industry’s commitment to the alarm management committee concept. We also seek to establish new committees during our time meeting with officials. This past week, Glen and Steve spoke with representatives in many states, including Utah, Colorado, Arizona and California.
SIAC invests considerable resources in SACOP because these are the folks that make it happen in their respective states — setting up committees leads to long-term communications between local alarm industry state representatives and law enforcement, which leads to state-approved model ordinances and often state legislation to mandate ECV (2-call verification) and/or use of control panels utilizing the SIA ANSI CP-01 Standard.
This helps accomplish one of our primary goals — to seek long-term positive relations with law enforcement and distribute model ordinances that utilize well-proven best practices. Well-managed alarm programs benefit law enforcement, citizens in the communities and ultimately the security business. SACOP meetings and the relationships SIAC builds with officials during those meetings go a long way to getting us there.