Security Industry Association to Host Event with Congressional School Safety Caucus

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The Security Industry Association and its member companies are ready to work with lawmakers to address the security needs of schools.

Timothy Eckersley

This is an important step to improving school infrastructure, and the security industry is ready to work with lawmakers to address the very real security needs of schools.

The Security Industry Association (SIA) will host a panel discussion, “Challenges and Opportunities to Protect and Ensure Safety for America’s Schools,” in cooperation with the Congressional School Safety Caucus on Wednesday, March 2, from 12-1:30 p.m. at B-338 Rayburn House Office Building.

Press is welcome to attend the panel discussion, which includes lunch.

The tentative agenda for the event includes opening remarks from Reps. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and Rick Larsen, D-Wash., co-chairs of the Congressional School Safety Caucus.

The discussion panel consists of school safety and security experts:

  • Timothy Eckersley, SIA Board Member and Allegion PLC, Moderator
  • Dr. Erroll G. Southers, University of Southern (USC) California
  • Dr. Paula Maurer, Superintendent, Southwestern Consolidated School Corporation, Indiana
  • Robin Lambert, Rural School and Community Trust

“The Congressional School Safety Caucus brings together key stakeholders to explore how our country’s leaders can help protect our nation’s most important asset—our children—while they’re at school,” said Tim Eckersley, SIA Board Director and Allegion Senior Vice President and President of the Americas. “This is an important step to improving school infrastructure, and the security industry is ready to work with lawmakers to address the very real security needs of schools. We thank Congresswoman Susan Brooks and Congressman Rick Larsen for their dedicated stewardship of this vital issue.”

The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer period and finally closing remarks from John Chwat of the Electronic Security Association (ESA).

Reporters interested in attending the event, please contact Mickey McCarter, SIA manager of communications, at 301-804-4704 or mmccarter(at)securityindustry(dot)org.

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 600 innovative member companies representing more than 400,000 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.

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