SIA Participates in Discussion on Providing Productive, Safe Learning Environments in Schools

Allegion, ASSA ABLOY, Stanley Security and Tyco Integrated Security all participated in the discussion, along with Chairman Todd Rokita of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Security Industry Association (SIA) took part in a roundtable discussion held at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy on Nov. 20 by Congressman Todd Rokita (R) of Indiana, Chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education.

The purpose of the event was to discuss “how schools can utilize cutting-edge safety technology to facilitate a productive and safe learning environment.”

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A cross-section of school security solution developers from the industry participated in the event, led by SIA members Allegion, ASSA ABLOY, Stanley Security and Tyco Integrated Security. SIA was accompanied by partner organizations the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools and the Secure Schools Alliance, through which SIA works alongside law enforcement and education officials to encourage effective use of school security technology. The roughly 70 participants also included Indiana state representatives, safety professionals, law enforcement officers and school board members.

“We learned that the security industry, law enforcement and school officials need to communicate better with each other to understand the effective technologies available, best practices to utilize and the unique challenges present in a learning environment that may include a public building,” said Rep. Rokita. “Working together is how we prevent tragedies.”

SIA Government Relations Director Jake Parker commended Rokita for hosting the discussion and was “very pleased” the security industry was included.

“The discussion shed light on urgent unmet needs for basic facility security in legacy school structures,”Parker said, “as well as many positive things our communities are doing to address it that can be an example for others.”

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