CSAA Names Recipient of 2016 Public Sector Award

Harlin McEwen will be honored during the ESX Public Sector Luncheon on June 9.

VIENNA, Va. – Central Station Alarm Association has awarded Harlin McEwen, a former police chief and deputy assistant director of the FBI, with its 2016 CSAA Public Sector Award. McEwen will be presented the award, which honors an individual’s contribution to the alarm industry, at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) Public Sector Luncheon on June 9 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

“It is our pleasure to recognize Chief McEwen for his tireless efforts to advance the relationship between monitoring companies and our partners in the public sector,” says CSAA President Pamela J. Petrow.

McEwen served for 13 years as chief of the Cayuga Heights (N.Y.) Police Department before moving on to serve as the deputy commissioner for the N.Y. State Division of Criminal Justice Services. He later returned to police work, serving as chief of the Ithaca (N.Y.) Police Department, before taking the position of deputy assistant director of the FBI.


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In addition, he served for more than 37 years as the chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Communications & Technology Committee. During that time he was the principle representative and spokesperson for the IACP on matters relating to communications and technology. For this ongoing work, in 2000 the IACP honored him with a presentation of the first (and only) Lone Star Distinguished Award, and in 2006 he was elected as IACP Honorary President.

McEwen has also served as a distinguished Member of the Executive Steering Committee of the Global Advisory Committee (GAC), a federal advisory group to the U.S. Attorney General. The GAC has been responsible for the development and implementation of numerous innovative justice information sharing standards and programs.

Since 2012 he has served as the Chair of the FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). In this role he is leading the efforts of the 42-member PSAC to interact with the FirstNet Board and staff and the nationwide public safety community to develop and implement a new nationwide public safety broadband wireless network.

McEwen played a critical role in the launch of CSAA’s ASAP program and has worked tirelessly in its promotion.

“I am deeply honored with being selected for this prestigious award and have enjoyed working with the members of the Central Station Alarm Association for many years,” says McEwen.  “The continued close working relationship between the public safety community and CSAA is resulting in greatly improved public safety services to the public.”


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The Public Sector Award recipient must be nominated by one or more CSAA members in good standing. CSAA Past Presidents Lou Fiore and Jay Hauhn put McEwen’s name forward for consideration.

“An essential component of ASAP is its connection to the Nlets network. Chief McEwen was instrumental in bringing CSAA’s ASAP program together with Nlets,” Fiore says.

“Chief McEwen’s leadership of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)’s Public Safety Advisory Committee, and his commitment to engaging the alarm industry in FirstNet’s activities, has been critical to the advancement of our relationship with FirstNet and our favorable positioning for the future,” says Hauhn.

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