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Union City (TN) Council Attaining Goal of Reducing Number of False Alarms

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By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Reducing false alarms in Union City has been a goal of city leaders.
Recent actions taken by the council to enact a fine schedule for false alarms and the addition of training to help avoid such alarms have worked.
And now the city is being recognized for its efforts.
Glen Mowery, National Law Enforcement Liaison for Security Industry Alarm Coalition, was on hand at the Union City Council meeting Tuesday night to present the SIAC Directors Award of Distinction for Excellence in Alarm Management to the Union City Police Department.
Mowery said alarm management is an issue across the nation, with 98 percent of alarm calls responded to being false calls. He said a number of agencies have been very exceptional in reducing their alarm situations and Union City is one of them. He said in 2004 the local department responded to 1,143 alarms, with 99 percent of them being false calls. At the end of 2009, the police department responded to 509 calls, a 60 percent reduction.
This is significant nationwide, Mowery told the council, saying the award is only given to three or four departments nationwide each year.
Mowery said Police Chief Joe Garner was recently recognized on the state level for his leadership in helping to reduce false alarm calls across Tennessee.
Mowery said Union City’s program is so successful that other cities, including Jackson, are planning to adopt it.

09/15/2010

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