Police Chiefs Request Adoption of Alarm Panel Standard


The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has passed a resolution requesting that jurisdictions mandate the use of the SIA CP-01 standard for alarm control panels and that panel manufacturers comply with the standard as well.

The SIA CP-01 standard aims to decrease the number of false dispatches by requiring all control panels to cover event recognition, information handling sequences and provisions for system layout testing. Furthermore, installers must use specific program options and test procedures to ensure compliance.

“The CP-01 standard has proven to be successful in reducing false dispatches. Now we just need to get more people to adopt it,” says Stan Martin, executive director of the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC). “Support from the IACP shows this is not just an alarm industry initiative. Both the alarm and law enforcement industries want to reduce false dispatches and we know this is one of the best ways to do it.”

Bill Berger, past president of IACP and chief of police of the Palm Bay Police Department in Florida, says that by curbing false dispatches, the standard would enable law enforcement agencies to focus on other community needs.

For more information about the CP-01 standard, visit www.siacinc.org.

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