Shepherd Communication and Security (SC&S) was selected as the Master Value-Added Reseller (MVAR) in New York State for SelectaDNA forensic marking technology. The announcement was made by CSI Protect, the exclusive distributor of SelectaDNA technology in North America. 

As MVAR, SC&S is responsible for the development and management of a statewide certified dealer network to continuously increase market share of SelectaDNA technology across New York State. SC&S is also providing all technical, sales and marketing support to certified dealers. 

SelectaDNA utilizes universally unique synthetic forensic ID codes to stealthily mark and detect criminals while linking them to specific crime scenes. The technology has produced reductions in crime averaging 40-86 percent. 

The technology’s primary application for the electronic security industry is the Criminal Tagging System (CTS). The CTS integrates with intrusion, access control and video surveillance systems, and can be activated via panic button, money, clip, remote CCTV operators or automatically with sensors. 

“We’re pleased to be chosen to lead the introduction of this proven crime-fighting technology in New York State,” said Richard Ruzzo, managing partner of SC&S. “The capabilities of this technology are significant and will play a major role in further deterring criminal activity in New York State.”

Shepherd Communication and Security has proudly served its customers in the Upstate New York region since 2007, with three branches and 24/7 monitoring. 

“After an exhaustive search and review process, Shepherd Communication and Security was the clear and obvious choice to serve as the Master Value-Added Reseller for New York State,” said Joe Maltese, executive vice president of CSI Protect. “This partnership will accelerate our geographic reach and sales growth throughout New York State by providing security companies with proven technology that’ll enhance crime prevention outcomes for their clients.”

The technology was recently endorsed by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, which will be utilizing SelectaDNA for its Criminal Suppression Initiative (CSI). The goal of the CSI effort is to aid sheriff offices’ efforts to combat burglary, robbery, theft and unauthorized access.