Public Safety Updates
- Report: Staffing is “most severe challenge” for 9-1-1
8.24.22 – American City & County – 9-1-1 centers face challenges including cybersecurity, outdated equipment and a lack of government support and understanding, but the worst by far is “a nationwide personnel shortage that has reached a crisis stage,” according to a new report by Mission Critical Partners. The report recommends having dedicated recruiters who understand the particular needs of emergency call centers.
- TX: Austin police shrink 9-1-1 teams to alleviate stress
8.25.22 – KXAN – The Austin, Texas, Police Department has reduced the minimum required number of calltakers and dispatchers for each shift to reduce mandatory overtime, retain staff and relieve stress on overworked employees. Lt. Ken Murphy acknowledges that the move will increase call hold times but says it’s necessary for health and safety.
- CA: San Ramon Residents & Businesses Must Register Alarms By …
8.29.22 – Patch – San Ramon, CA – San Ramon residents and businesses have until Thursday, Sept. 1 to register existing alarms, per a new city ordinance. The city …
- PA: Local Business Cited for Failing to Control False Alarms
8.31.22 – Explore Clarion – Police say Aldi grocery store, located along Route 68, in Monroe Township, Clarion County, was cited for failing to control false alarms. PSP …
- Uber expands availability of 9-1-1 texting function
8.30.22 – The Verge – Uber is now allowing users in 60% of its markets to text 9-1-1 via its app, up from the initial three markets in 2019. The company also has upgraded the app’s safety toolkit to let users contact an ADT safety agent, who may then call 9-1-1 if necessary.
- Clearing Up Smoke Detector Misconceptions
8.31.22- SSI – Bob Dolph – Smoke detector installation seems to be a simple application. However, organizations such as the NFPA and UL have taken considerable time and money to document the important rules for fire-safety and protection. You must do the same.
- Class action lawsuit filed against GE Electric Co. over alleged defective alarm control units
9.2.22 – SIW – A disabled veteran has filed a class action lawsuit against General Electric Co., alleging “dangerous and serious defects, dangers and non-conformities” were present in Interlogix combination-listed burglar and fire alarm system control units.
- School safety: Statistics on what schools are doing to protect students
8.26.22 – Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif.- It’s been three months since the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two teachers were killed. With schools back in session, we look at some national statistics on protecting students.
- Beyond the basics of heat protection
7.28.22 – ISHN – In the construction industry, we face various safety barriers, highlighting the importance of implementing companywide rules, regulations, and safeguards at construction sites to protect our workers from accidents and injury.
- How to Cultivate a Company Culture That Retains Talent
9.2.22 – SSI – Employees who work under great leaders tend to be happier, more productive and more connected within their organization. This has a ripple effect.
- How POTS Pricing, Privacy Act May Impact Monitoring Centers
8.31.22 – SSI – Central stations should be proactive as changes to POTS make seeking alternatives for subscribers more appealing.
Fire & Life Safety News
- RI: Failed fire alarm battery to blame for Pawtucket school delay
8.31.22 – WPRI – The back-up battery didn’t work when tested by the city’s fire safety and building code compliance teams Tuesday, which caused the school to fail inspection less than 24 hours before the first day of class. The school committee said the battery has since been reprogrammed and will be retested Saturday morning.
- TN: Carbon monoxide alarm reported on Scenic Mountain Way in …
9.3.22 – News Channel 9 – Dunlap, Tenn. – The Dunlap Fire Department responded to a carbon monoxide fire Thursday night. Crews were dispatched around 5:20 p.m. to Scenic Mountain Way for a carbon monoxide alarm. Firefighters arrived and found that a propane-fueled hot water heater in a camper was malfunctioning.
- IL: Police looking for suspects in Edwardsville gun shop burglary
8.29.22 – The Telegraph – The Investigative Division of the Edwardsville, Illinois Police Department is handling the case and is asking the public with knowledge or …
- LA: 3 teens arrested in gun store burglary; 17 stolen guns found in …
8.29.22 – Baton Rouge, La.-3 teens arrested in gun store burglary; 17 stolen guns found in home, police say. The Baton Rouge Police Department said three teen boys were arrested on Sunday, Aug. 28, in connection with a burglary at a gun store late Saturday night.
- MO: 2 juveniles arrested in connection with Mayfield burglary
8.31.22 – KFVS – Both juveniles were charged with burglary 3rd, criminal mischief 1st, fleeing or evading police 2nd on foot and possession of burglar’s tools.
- MT: $5000 in reward money offered after gun shop …
8.29.22 – NBC Montana – Authorities are asking for the public’s help and offering a $5000 reward after a gun shop in Great Falls was burglarized on Aug. 18.
- NE: ATF, Omaha Police investigate back-to-back burglaries at …
8.30.22 – KETV – One person is in custody after back-to-back break ins at an Omaha gun store, but police know others may still be on the streets.
- NV: Las Vegas police say businesses across valley hit in 5-day …
8.31.22 – WSAZ – Las Vegas police say businesses across valley hit in 5-day burglary spree. Updated: 8 hours ago. Geo resource failed to load.
- NY: Kingston man charged with burglary at Saugerties Smoker’s …
8.31.22 – Daily Freeman – A Kingston man was charged with burglary and criminal mischief after allegedly breaking into the Smoker’s Choice store in the …
- PA: 3 Separate Crimes Stopped in Progress
8.30.22 – Lancaster Police – Roldan-Roman was determined to have an active criminal warrant and was taken into custody by officers. During a search incident to arrest, …
- PA: Luzerne County Man Charged With Bristol Burglary
8.30.22 – Levittown Now – A 59-year-old out-of-county man was arrested for a burglary last week in Bristol Borough, according to court filings.
- TX: Man charged with assaulting police officer, burglary of Texas …
8.29.22 – The Daily News – Caleb Allen Beard, 22, was arrested early Monday morning on charges of aggravated assault of a public servant; burglary of a building; resisting …
- WA: Police Identify Two Suspects Accused of Breaking Into …
8.30.22 – The Chronicle – Two men accused of breaking into a restaurant in Centralia via the HVAC system then using a saw to cut a hole into a safe in July have been.
- TX: POLICE: Man who was “just chilling” charged with burglary …
9.3.22 – The News – The man, identified as Michael Marquis White, said he was “just chilling” in a vehicle, according to court documents. A key holder was called …
- NE: 25-year-old man arrested near Lincoln …
9.3.22 – Lincoln, Neb. (KOLN) – Lincoln Police responded to a robbery at a Kwik Shop near 44th and O Streets Saturday morning. According…
- OH: Police respond to ‘very fidgety’ man robbing bank: Lakewood …
9.3.22 – cleveland.com – Officers at 3:12 p.m. on Aug. 22 responded to a hold-up alarm at PNC Bank, according to a police event report. A …
- FL: Florida man wearing only apron, boxers and socks …
9.3.22 -WFTV – Chad Everett Corn, 35, of Milton, was charged with burglary and larceny, according to Escambia County Sheriff’s Office online booking records.
- CA: bricks thrown through windows in Madera central valley
9.3.22 – KMPH – A man is arrested after vandalizing multiple businesses in west Madera Saturday morning. Police say the suspect is tied to reports of bricks …
- NL” Man Arrested for Centre City Business Break-in, Stealing From …
9.4.22 – VOCM – An officer arrived and located a man, who had broken in, leaving with stolen items. He was also found to have other items that had been stolen …
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NESA Board of Directors
- President – Chris Russell
- Vice President & – Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director – Craig Bober
- Secretary – Kathleen Schraufnagel
- Treasurer and Arkansas Security Alarm Assn. Director – Rick Howell
- Past President – Jordon Brown
- Kansas Electronic Security Alliance Director – Vacant
- Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association Director – Dera DeRoche Jolet
- Mississippi Security Association Director – Jack Torrence
- Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director – Steven Brekel
- Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director – John Helweg
- Associate Director – Brian Villari
- False Alarm Reduction Association Director – Kerri McDonald
- Executive Director – Brad Shipp
- Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association Alternate – Amy Fuselier
- Mississippi Security Association Alternate – Shelley Pettit
- Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate – Jim Emerick
- Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate – Danna Fowble
- Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate – Kelly Ryan
- False Alarm Reduction Association Alternate – Alicia Vela