N.Y. State Police Officer to Receive 2019 TMA Public Sector Award

Lt. Rachael VanDeusen will be honored for her efforts to improve the safety of alarm subscribers and the general public.

VIENNA, Va. — The Monitoring Association (TMA) announces New York State Police Lt. Rachael VanDeusen is the 2019 recipient of the 2019 Public Sector Award.

VanDeusen is credited with leading the efforts to expand access to TMA’s ASAP-to-PSAP service via the New York Justice Information System (CIIS). She will be the fifth recipient of the award, which was established in 2015 to recognize a public sector individual’s contribution to the alarm industry and its subscribers.

VanDeusen will receive the award at a luncheon on June 6 at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) in Indianapolis, Ind.

The ASAP-to-PSAP service, launched in 2011 as a public-private partnership, is based on an American National Standard developed jointly by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and TMA, then the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA).

The service provides a standardized method, through the use of automation and the power of Nlets, to deliver alarm notifications to 911 public safety answering points (PSAPs). The result can be an increase in the likelihood of law enforcement apprehensions for crimes in-progress and of fire quickly extinguished with minimal property damage.

ASAP can be a life-saver for a medical emergency patient when every second counts, TMA states in the announcement.

“Through her efforts in sharing her vision with the New York State Police command staff and in working in collaboration with COMMs, Lt. VanDeusen has introduced life-saving technologies that will ultimately lead to greater safety throughout her community,” says Ivan Spector, president, TMA. “She has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and determination. TMA is very honored to present this year’s Public Sector Award to Lt. VanDeusen in recognition of and appreciation for her unwavering efforts and commitment.”

Of particular significance, Suffolk County Fire Rescue Communications Center (known as COMMs) will be the first fire-only PSAP in the nation to be connected to ASAP via a state law enforcement system.

Traditionally, by policy or law, non-law enforcement agencies have not been able to access the state CISS system, the primary method for PSAPs to access the ASAP service. COMMs is a part of the Suffolk County Government, servicing 1.5 million residents and 10,000 first responders.

The award recipient must be nominated by one or more TMA members in good standing. Bob Turner, TMA ASAP consultant, and Jay Hahn, former president and former executive director & CEO of TMA, nominated VanDeusen for consideration.

To learn more about previous winners of the Public Sector Award and the ASAP-to-PSAP service, go here.

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