Conn. cops’ model FAO

SIAC pleased with outcome, CP-O1 inclusion
Monday, December 1, 2008

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.--The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association on Oct. 27 announced here the adoption of a false alarm ordinance model that provides for alarm reduction initiatives, encourages multiple call verification and encourages installation of alarm control panels that meet or exceed ANSI SIA-CP-01 standards for all new installations and panel replacements. The Security Industry Alarm Coalition, a group with members from the NBFAA, CSAA, CANASA, and SIA, was instrumental in working with the CPCA to develop the model ordinance.

SIAC national law enforcement liaison Glen Mowrey, a 36-year law enforcement veteran who was instrumental in developing the original false alarm ordinance model upon which the Connecticut model was based, spearheaded the initiative in Connecticut. “All we’re trying to do is change end-user behavior,” Mowrey said. “It’s the same principal as traffic. It’s the driver who is responsible.”

East Hampton, Conn. Police Chief Matthew Reimondo, president of the CPCA, said that the false alarm ordinance model is going to be an important time saver. “There are several communities out there who have embarked upon implementing ordinances. When we adopted this as the guideline, we wanted to have some type of uniformity. You know, towns and municipalities shouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel,” Chief Reimondo said.

Additionally, the CPCA’s Private Security Committee created a subcommittee to present the ordinance model to towns throughout Connecticut as a proactive, ready-made solution to help curtail the false alarm problem.

Bob McVeigh, chairman of the industry affairs committee for the NBFAA and president of the Connecticut Alarm & Systems Integrators Association, said the CPCA’s action is a step in the right direction. “The goal is to get every state working with their local police departments,” McVeigh said. “When you have an alarm community that just sits back and waits for the police department to fix the problem, it’s not surprising that the way they fix it is in a negative direction. The people in the alarm industry need to wake up and do something now, and SIAC is a great resource for getting that done.”

Other state associations of police chiefs that have been working toward the creation of alarm management programs include those of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Also, according to Mowrey, in addition to the CPCA, the police chiefs associations of Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Minnesota, and Indiana have, by resolution, adopted the original model ordinance.