The Security Industry Association (SIA) took part in a roundtable discussion held at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy on November 20, 2015, by Congressman Todd Rokita, R-Ind., chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education.

The purpose of the event was to discuss how schools can utilize cutting-edge safety technology to facilitate a productive and safe learning environment, SIA described.

A cross-section of school security solution developers from the industry participated in the event, led by SIA members Allegion, ASSA ABLOY, Stanley Security and Tyco Integrated Security. SIA was accompanied by partner organizations the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools and the Secure Schools Alliance, through which SIA works alongside law enforcement and education officials to encourage effective use of school security technology. The roughly 70 participants also included Indiana state representatives, safety professionals, law enforcement officers and school board members.

“We learned that the security industry, law enforcement, and school officials need to communicate better with each other to understand the effective technologies available, best practices to utilize, and the unique challenges present in a learning environment that may include a public building. Working together is how we prevent tragedies,” Rokita said.

“We commend Chairman Rokita for his leadership in hosting such a timely and relevant discussion, and we were very pleased that the security industry was included. The discussion shed light on urgent unmet needs for basic facility security in legacy school structures, as well as many positive things our communities are doing to address it that can be an example for others,” said Jake Parker, SIA government relations director.

According to Rokita’s office, a summary of the roundtable, including content from breakout sessions as well as participant feedback, soon will be made available to schools so they can take advantage of the discussion.