UTAH POLICE SAY ALARM ASSOCIATION’S EFFORTS TO HALT NEW FALSE ALARM LAW ‘BACKFIRE’
SALT LAKE CITY
The Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) claims the Utah Alarm Association (UAA) has alienated police across the state by arguing against a new ordinance proposing fines for false alarms. According to a release issued by the alarms coordinator for SLCPD, UAA’s letter-writing campaign against a proposed ordinance and full-page advertisements the association placed in two state newspapers had a negative response from law enforcement.
“With a few strokes of their computer keys, UAA managed to alienate every police officer, police chief, city councilperson and mayor in the state of Utah. Jurisdictions that were formerly open to discussion on ordinances with the alarm industry are having second thoughts, and many police chiefs are taking a serious look at limited response policies,” says the release, which was issued by Shanna Werner, alarms coordinator at SLCPD. For the first time in Utah’s history, an alarm ordinance levies fines against the alarm industry as well as end users. UAA could not be reached for comment.
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