Connecticut Police Chiefs Assn. Adopts Alarm Ordinance

The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) has adopted model ordinance that provides for direct alarm reduction initiatives, encourages multiple call verification and installation of alarm control panels that meet or exceed ANSI SIA-CP-01 standards for all new installations and panel replacements.

The ordinance, which seeks to reduce the number of police dispatches associated with false alarms, was brought forth by Glen Mowrey of the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) after appearing before the CPCA to discuss initiatives begun by several states to manage and reduce the number of false activations.

CPCA tasked its Private Security Committee to develop an overall approach to alarm management and to create the model ordinance. Additionally, a subcommittee was created to present the ordinance to towns throughout Connecticut as a proactive solution to false alarm dispatches.

“This is a win-win for police, consumers and the alarm industry. This ordinance makes it easier for towns in Connecticut to adopt a position on false alarm dispatches because, through the ordinance, all of the legwork has been done,” says Bob McVeigh, chairman of the Industry Affairs committee for the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA). “Many thanks to the CPCA who has shown their willingness to work with alarm dealers and citizens within their communities.”

Throughout the past four years, 12 state chief’s associations have established alarm management programs to address false alarm dispatches. The states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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