Texas, Mississippi Create Alarm Management Committees


Texas and Mississippi have become the 12th and 13th states to establish partnerships between law enforcement agencies and the alarm industry. As part of a cooperative approach to improving alarm practices, both states will create alarm management committees under the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to help reduce calls from alarm monitoring centers.

Each committee will comprise of six members and will develop and implement best practices to reduce unnecessary alarm dispatches and provide better service to their statewide communities.

“There’s a tremendous amount of positive energy generated by these committees because people are coming together from different disciplines and sharing their best ideas and effective practices,” says Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) Law Enforcement Representative Glen Mowrey. “I expect the number of these committees to continue to grow as alarm management practices are refined and improved nationwide.”

The alarm management committees are made up of three regional representatives from the alarm industry and three police chiefs. Each committee focuses on the implementation of the IACP model alarm ordinance as a statewide policy, endorsement of a two-call verification (ECV) system prior to police dispatch, and working in concert on legislative issues that can to help reduce false alarm dispatches statewide.

IACP alarm management committees have been established in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Minnesota, Alabama, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana, Connecticut, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi and Texas.

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