LESA calls it quits, SIAC to pick up the pieces

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Tuesday, June 1, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Law Enforcement and Security Alliance, an association formed to promote dialogue about alarm-related issues between public and private organizations, folded last month after four years of operations. Officials at the nonprofit are in talks with the Dallas-based Security Industry Alarm Coalition to provide a home for existing activities and members.

“The timing was right,” explained LESA President Patti Rea. “So many firms are working along the same lines that it makes sense to dovetail things all together.”

“We are folding the effort to work jointly with SIAC,” which has worked with the organization since SIAC was launched in early 2000, she said.

About one week before LESA notified its members of the decision to disband did formal discussions begin between the two organizations, according to Stan Martin, executive director at SIAC. “We’re just now brainstorming on how to integrate those folks into our committees,” said Martin.

Founded in 2000, LESA supported its operations through membership dues and annual conferences. At the time it closed, LESA counted approximately 50 people in the law enforcement and security fields as members and held its last conference in March, in Raleigh, N.C.

SIAC consists of a board of directors that includes representatives from the Canadian Security Association, Central Station Alarm Association, National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association and Security Industry Alarm Association. Within SIAC, there are several committees, including a research and education council that will benefit from LESA’s input.

With a combined entity such as SIAC, members and other interested parties can make time and arrangements for few, but larger conferences rather than trying to find the resources to attend multiple events throughout the year, according to Rea.

“Everyone agreed there needed to be one organization to represent the alarm industry,” Martin concurred.

Rea, who works for the Phoenix Police Department, will participate on committees at SIAC but does not have an official role at this time. Other executive officers at LESA included a combination of people from law enforcement and private sector firms, such as vice presidents Carol Puckett from Electronic Data Systems Corp. and Gary White from the Scottsdale, Ariz. Police Department.