From March 1-May 30 of this year, SIAC added legislation to its plate from 21 local agencies (law enforcement departments/offices). That means we are newly and actively working to explore, draft or pass legislation that impacts the security industry in those jurisdictions. Overall, we currently are engaged in these types of activities in 135 communities across the United States.
Those are BIG numbers. What do they mean to our supporters? It means that we continue to look out for your interests in terms of writing alarm ordinances. Not only do we seek out (with your help) new jurisdictions that can use our experience and knowledge, but that we also stay in touch on an ongoing basis with many communities that need our input and feedback. Our staff – Glen Mowrey, Tom Sweeney, Jon Sargent, Steve Keefer and Ron Walters – look for new opportunities and sustain relationships with agencies for ongoing projects.
The new agencies we added during this period are in 14 states: Tennessee, Virginia, Utah, Florida, Washington, Kentucky, Nevada, Georgia, Ohio, New Jersey, Maine, Arizona, South Carolina and California. Take a moment to think about that list. There are big states, small states, states in the south, north, east and west. SIAC covers the country completely. We’re proud to be able to give you that coverage.
When we step up on an alarm ordinance, SIAC looks at how to reduce unnecessary alarm activations through best practices and better technology. We use a model ordinance as a baseline that has proven effective in hundreds of communities across North America. Utilizing or applying proven best practices through our model ordinance allows law enforcement to be more effective in protecting our community. We also strive to set up systems that work for all the involved parties.
So when we add another new jurisdiction to our list, you can be assured we’ll we working for the best interests of the electronic security industry, the local jurisdiction and law enforcement. That’s why people call and ask for our help.