Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) Adds Thomas J. Sweeney to Team
Appointment Provides Additional Law Enforcement Expertise
Frisco, Texas (November 25, 2013) – Thomas J. Sweeney, a nationally recognized thought leader in law enforcement who recently retired as Chief of Police in Glastonbury, Connecticut, is joining the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) to assist public safety agencies in managing alarm issues.
“Tom bring decades of leadership and experience as a chief and senior administrator that will be invaluable to the public safety agencies we work with in the Northeast and the alarm industry,” said Stan Martin, SIAC Executive Director. “Tom recognizes the challenges and opportunities faced by public safety agencies and can provide assistance and insights on managing alarm issues.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to be a resource for public safety leaders on alarm issues,” said Sweeney. “SIAC has a proven track record of providing positive leadership and data driven solutions on alarm management issues.”
Sweeney served as Chief of Police in Glastonbury, Connecticut from 1999-2013 and in Bridgeport, Connecticut from 1990-1999. He was the Deputy Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety in charge of the County Police from 1982-1990. He began his sworn career as a Police Officer in Portsmouth, Virginia and held senior administrative positions in Kansas City, Missouri and the Yonkers, New York Police Departments. He has written extensively about police issues, particularly patrol operations and accomplished consulting and training assignments in more than 30 police organizations.
Sweeney received a Master’s Degree in Criminology from the University of California-Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Manhattan College.
Sweeney was an early member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police/Public Sector Liaison Committee and served as co-chair of the committee. The committee is composed of representatives from all facets of the private security industry and the law enforcement community. Its role is to improve the relationship between the private and public sectors through the discussion and dissemination of meaningful data.
Sweeney is a lifetime member of IACP and the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association. He was also a member of the Police Executive Research Forum (2000-2012) and Capital Region Chiefs of Police (1999-2012).
SIAC provides consulting services, at no cost, to public safety agencies to help develop effective alarm management policies. This includes technical specifications for alarm systems, model ordinances and best practices from law enforcement throughout the United States.
“Alarm systems are a highly effective tool in crime prevention,” said Martin. “Best alarm practice policies manage police resources, generate revenue and help make sure that the public has the benefit of response from highly trained officers.”
SIAC represents one voice for the electronic security industry on alarm management issues – communicating solutions and enhancing relationships with law enforcement. SIAC is comprised of four major North American security associations--Canadian Security Association (CANASA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), and the Electronic Security Association (ESA). For more, go to www.SIACinc.org, www.siacinc.wordpress.com, or follow us on www.twitter.com/siacinc.