Great partnering leads to success in many different ways. It helps businesses grow by expanding their markets. Partnering inherently builds unity as two groups come together, leading to a broader vision or solution to a problem. Partnering can also bring together parties that sometimes appear to have different agendas, and demonstrate how they have common ground.
The Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ) Award is the latter. Partnering between a security company and local law enforcement in a jurisdiction that the company operates in is a key to PDQ award winners. SIAC, which helps annually sponsor the award (now entering its 11th year, BTW) along with Security Sales & Integration Magazine (SSI), and the False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), encourages and supports these types of partnerships. It’s a major reason we stepped up when the concept of this award was brought to us 11 years ago. We felt and believe that law enforcement-security company partnerships are critical to the success of improving alarm management practices.
Not only that, the PDQ promotes communication between companies in our industry and law enforcement officials. We believe it is important to grow these relationships, and publicizing these partnerships helps this cause.
Ultimately though, the PDQ winner must demonstrate a high quality alarm management program, working effectively in conjunction with law enforcement from a local jurisdiction. We encourage your company to apply: http://siacinc.org/PDQAwards.aspx. The deadline for applications is March 7, so please look into your programs and process now. Don’t leave this until the last minute.
Why apply? The benefits are many: Your company receives free industry-wide publicity for winning. The award is a feather in your cap, something to use in promoting your business. A $1,000 stipend (courtesy of Honeywell) to attend the Electronic Security Expo in Fort Worth, TX this June is provided to the winner. The Installation Quality (IQ) program supports the PDQ, allowing you to gain additional positive visibility.
Past winners can attest to the value of the PDQ to their business. They include (from most recent): Habitec; Monitronics; Vector Security; HS Technology Group; Custom Alarm; Broadview Security (now ADT); Atronic Alarms (Lenexa, KS); Alarm Detection Systems; Brink’s Home Security; Vector Security.
That’s a great group of high quality companies. Wouldn’t you like to see your program featured along with them as another great partner in the industry?