Security Industry Association and County Executives of America Join Forces to Bolster Public Safety and Emergency Management
SIA and CEA pool their expertise in security technologies, local policymaking to advocate for enhanced security solutions.
Manager of Communications
Security Industry Association
Silver Spring, Md. (Dec. 18, 2013)—The Security Industry Association (SIA) and the County Executives of America (CEA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) recently to share resources in support of fostering stronger approaches to public safety and emergency management.
Collaboration between SIA and CEA draws upon the technological expertise of suppliers with senior county executive's firm grasp of local public safety needs to identify gaps in emergency preparedness that may be solved through the application of certain physical security technologies, the organizations said in their MOU.
Members of SIA and CEA are committed to developing clear channels of communication between their organizations with the goals of educating government officials about security technologies in a vendor-neutral manner while providing assistance to those officials in the development of technology roadmap that may protect U.S. citizens and national critical infrastructure from crime and terrorism. Both organizations believe harnessing the expertise of CEA senior government executive members with SIA security technology experts will help to develop solutions and best practices to address common public safety challenges.
Ultimately, SIA and CEA hope to utilize the MOU to advance the responsible use of security technologies while empowering county executives to make the best decisions about local emergency preparedness.
"This agreement will facilitate the delivery of timely information to public leaders and policymakers to keep them up to date on the best physical security solutions available to meet their objectives and resolve challenges," said SIA CEO Don Erickson. "We have seen that local leaders require flexibility to adopt security plans and technologies that work best in their jurisdictions, whether they are responding to a threat to their local schools or augmenting resiliency in critical infrastructure such as power plants."
To advance this goal, SIA and CEA will develop vendor-neutral best practices and case studies, produce a webcast series on technology and public policy issues affecting county governments, and coordinate advocacy activities on Capitol Hill, among other initiatives.
The Security Industry Association (http://www.securityindustry.org) is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers. 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 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.
County Executives of America is the only nonpartisan association dedicated specifically to chief elected county officials. The organization's members include county executives, county judges, county mayors, parish presidents and borough presidents. For more than 40 years, CEA has existed to help county governments serve the American people in the most responsive, efficient way by acting as a national voice for county leaders and representing their interests before all levels of government. For more information on CEA, visit http://www.countyexecutives.org.