SIA and NSCA Form Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS)

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SIA PASS to develop guidelines for use of electronic security and life safety equipment in schools.

By drawing upon the insights and expertise of security suppliers, security practitioners, school administrators and law enforcement, the SIA PASS recommendations will enable education officials to maximize the effectiveness of their security solutions.

The Security Industry Association (SIA) is pleased to announce that the Education Interest Group it formed in 2013 to address school security issues is now the SIA Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS).

The rebranding recognizes the need for a coordinated approach to protecting students and staff that encompasses a range of stakeholders. While the SIA group was originally formed to serve as a source of industry expertise on security issues, the alliance combines that technical knowledge by also bringing in representatives of schools, law enforcement, and trade associations. This effort will combine the subject matter experts and symposium developed by NSCA and its MNEC partnership to develop a coordinated approach to protecting students, staff and visitors.

The SIA PASS alliance is developing guidelines for the use of electronic security and life safety equipment in schools that will provide tiered recommendations based on the resources available at a given facility. The PASS objectives, initial document and related educational sessions are scheduled to be released at ISC West, sponsored by SIA, April 14-17, 2015, at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas.

“By drawing upon the insights and expertise of security suppliers, security practitioners, school administrators and law enforcement, the SIA PASS recommendations will enable education officials to maximize the effectiveness of their security solutions,” SIA CEO Don Erickson said. “I have been continuously impressed by the passion and experience of our committee members, and I particularly appreciate NSCA’s commitment to this initiative. I am hopeful that additional security practitioner, first-responder, and supplier organizations who share our commitment to preventing senseless crime and violence in our nation’s schools will join the PASS coalition.”

The SIA PASS alliance is chaired by Brett St. Pierre, director of education solutions at HID Global. Jim Crumbley, president and CEO of Risk Response Team, serves as vice chair.

About the Security Industry Association

The Security Industry Association (SIA) (http://www.securityindustry.org) is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers, with more than 500 innovative member companies representing more than 300,000 security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members' interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities; and collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground® conference, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities.

About the National Systems Contractors Association

The National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) is the leading not-for-profit association representing the commercial low-voltage electronic systems industry. NSCA is a powerful advocate for all who work within the low-voltage industry, including systems contractors/integrators, product manufacturers, consultants, sales representatives, architects, specifying engineers, and other allied professionals. NSCA is dedicated to serving its contractor members and all channel stakeholders through advocacy, education, member services, and networking designed to improve business performance. NSCA was the founder and co-owner of http://www.MNEC.com a leading industry web portal for best practices in life safety technology used by industry professionals and code enforcement officials. For more information, visit http://www.nsca.org.

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