Speaker Update: ESX Welcomes Newtown Conn., Police Chief and Sandy Hook First Responder
In times of tragedy — as we were reminded recently in Boston — our public safety officials react. And in December 2012, Police Chief Michael Kehoe had the extremely difficult job of reacting to an elementary school scene that no one could have imagined.
“This day — that scene—will always be present in my mind,” he told CBS News.
With compassion and incredible poise, he led the town, the community and the nation through the somber days that followed.
“Now we’re a little bit stronger. We’re a little bit wiser,” he told WFSB News' Robert Goulston in February. “No matter how tough it gets out there, we’re here to help and we’re here to serve and we’ll do what we can.”
Police Chief Kehoe will be welcomed as the featured speaker of ESX’s Industry IceBreaker Luncheon, held Tuesday, June 18 at 12:00 p.m.
During this luncheon that moves the partnership between public safety and private security forward, we ask: How do we best work together? How do we best equip our public safety officials to respond to danger?
“We’re extremely proud to welcome Chief Kehoe to ESX’s Industry IceBreaker Luncheon,” says ESX Chair George De Marco. “I look forward to hearing his thoughts on how the public and private safety sectors can work together to protect our most precious assets: our families — our children.”
In response, ESA is forming a representative group of industry professionals with experience in school security to develop "Electronic Security Guidelines for Schools," using a group consensus method. These guidelines will represent the collective wisdom and knowledge of the security industry and be used as an aid to school officials in their efforts to secure their schools.
"I'm glad to participate in the Industry IceBreaker Luncheon at ESX this June," says Chief Kehoe. "It's important that we in the public and private safety sectors continue to find new ways to work together to help secure and protect our communities."
Kehoe, who has been the Newtown Conn. Police Chief since 2001, is chairman of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force Policy Board, a member of the Connecticut Coalition for Drug Endangered Children, and the board co-chair of the Newtown Prevention Council.
He has served as the president of the Fairfield County’s Chiefs of Police Association and served on the board of directors of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association as vice president.
The Industry IceBreaker Luncheon will host the presentation of the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) William N. Moody Award, which will recognize a volunteer who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication in maximizing false dispatch reduction across North America, as well as the 2012 PDQ Award, presented by Security Sales and Integration magazine, which recognizes the security company that best demonstrates a proactive and cooperative effort to reduce unnecessary alarm dispatches.
It is also home to the ESA Youth Scholarship Award, sponsored by Vivint, who has contributed a donation of $10,000. These added funds, matching the existing donation of ESA, will allow the association to award $10,000 to the first-place winner, $5,000 for second place, $3,500 for third and $1,500 for fourth.
The ESX Industry IceBreaker Luncheon is sponsored by Security Sales and Integration magazine.