Progress continues in creating state-by-state alarm management committees. As SIAC’s mission adapts to new issues, our job becomes more proactive. One of our major proactive actions is working with security industry and law enforcement officials to create these committees to help better manage alarms. This ensures a seat at the table for all parties, and that each voice is heard.
Our staff – particularly Glen Mowrey, Tom Sweeney and Steve Keefer – work diligently to grease the skids for these committees, share information and bring parties together to get started. This takes time, connections and constant effort. Because of their hard work, we have strong results to show.
For example, we currently have 15 established committees in the following states: Tennessee; Connecticut; Florida, Virginia; Texas; Georgia; Minnesota; South Carolina; North Carolina; Michigan; Ohio; Mississippi; Alabama; Oklahoma; and Indiana. Some of the committees are not as strong or active as we would like, but most are vibrant, and the important point is that the security industry and law enforcement are working together.
In four other states, SIAC is in various stages of helping to get committees started. They include: Nevada; Utah; Pennsylvania; and Illinois. That’s not all. Tom Sweeney, in the Northeast part of the U.S., is on a tear, meeting with officials to introduce and push the concept.
Just recently, he met with key law enforcement leaders in Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Those are high population states with many jurisdictions. Establishing successful alarm management committees will go a long way for our industry in ensuring consistent law enforcement response and fair alarm ordinances on the books. That benefits your company and frees you up to focus on running your business.
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