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Law Enforcement Calls Security Industry to Duty

Thanks to the implementation of best practices and advances in technology, recent years have seen reductions in false alarm dispatches that are helping bolster the relationship between law enforcement and the security industry. Yet there remains much to be done to further strengthen and grow the partnership. The 2011 Law Enforcement Security Industry Study serves as a report card for both sides.

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Politics, budgets, profits and losses, and other private/public sector issues aside, law enforcement and the electronic security industry share a common mission: serving in the best interests of public safety. And both contingencies agree almost universally they can more effectively accomplish that objective by combining their efforts. The 2011 Law Enforcement Security Industry Study cuts through the noise to reveal the current state of this critical relationship.

This research updates the landmark studies SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION and Police magazines first conducted in 2003 and again in 2006. As then, the results are aimed at truly understanding law enforcement’s perceptions and expectations of the security industry, and how both sides can best work together in partnership to minimize false dispatches, deter crime and make more apprehensions. Although significant progress has been made in the five years since the last study, this relationship requires ongoing attention and nurturing to keep it strong.

In an outgrowth of the previous research, new questions have been incorporated that focus on maximizing the positive aspects and capabilities of more reliable burglar alarms, video surveillance and access control systems to better support law enforcement. Nearly 1,200 police participated in the study, which for the first time also includes sheriffs (150 additional respondents) for a margin of error of approximately +2.9 percent. And in the interest of presenting an even more comprehensive vantage point, a further enhancement is the inclusion of questions posed to some 350 owners/operators of security systems installation and/or monitoring companies.

View the 2011 Law Enforcement Security Industry Study.


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About the Author
Scott Goldfine
Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration, directing all editorial aspects of the magazine brand in print, electronically, online and in person. The voluminous, innovative and award-winning body of work he has distinguished himself with since joining the publication in 1998 includes groundbreaking research, landmark features, leadership roundtables, high profile case studies, and many industry exclusives. Well versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is a nationally known figure in demand as an industry presenter and subject matter expert to mainstream media. He is responsible for developing many unique products and programs, including the SSI Industry Hall of Fame, Control Panel (industry’s first E-mail newsletter), Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ), Marketing Marvel, Installers of the Year, Integrated Installation of the Year, Security Industry Census, Systems Integration Study, Installation Business Report, Operations & Opportunities Report, Commercial End-User Study and Security’s Fantastic Fleets. Recognized for his relationship building, integrity and lead-by-example ethic, Goldfine is a solutions-oriented team player who advises and collaborates with industry dealer/integrator, consultant, distributor, central station and manufacturer icons, luminaries and executive business leaders on a daily basis. He is also actively involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), PSA-Tec, SAMMY Awards, International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC), Electronic Security Technology Summit (ESTS), Mission 500, Electronic Security Expo (ESX), ASIS Int’l, Honeywell CONNECT and other supplier conventions. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee and PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council. A certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast, Goldfine graduated with honors from Cal State, Northridge with a management degree in Radio-Television-Film. His professional media endeavors have encompassed magazines, Internet, radio, TV, film, records, teletext and books. Goldfine resides in the Charlotte, N.C., area with his wife, son and three cats.
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