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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 joined SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in October 1998 and has distinguished himself by producing award-winning, exemplary work. His editorial achievements have included blockbuster articles featuring major industry executives, such as Tyco Electronic Products Group Managing Director Gerry Head; Protection One President/CEO Richard Ginsburg; former Brink’s Home Security President/CEO Peter Michel; GE Interlogix President/CEO Ken Boyda; Bosch Security Systems President/CEO Peter Ribinski; and former SecurityLink President/CEO Jim Covert. Scott, who is an NTS Certified alarm technician, has become a respected and in-demand speaker at security industry events, including presentations at the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) Annual Meeting; California Alarm Association (CAA) Summer and Winter Conferences; PSA Security Network Conference; International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC); and Security Industry Association (SIA) Forum. Scott often acts as an ambassador to mainstream media and is a participant in several industry associations. His previous experience as a cable-TV technician/installer and running his own audio company -- along with a lifelong fascination with electronics and computers -- prepared Scott well for his current position. Since graduating in 1986 with honors from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Radio-Television- Film, his professional endeavors have encompassed magazines, radio, TV, film, records, teletext, books, the Internet and more. In 2005, Scott captured the prestigious Western Publisher Maggie Award for Best Interview/Profile Trade for "9/11 Hero Tells Tale of Loses, Lessons," his October 2004 interview with former FDNY Commander Richard Picciotto, the last man to escape the Ground Zero destruction alive.
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