About

PPVAR was established to educate all electronic security stakeholders on the value of video to verify alarm activity during the dispatch process and ultimately reduce false alarms and increase apprehension rates for burglar alarm customers.

We have built an organization comprised of members from Law Enforcement, the Insurance Industry and the Electronic Security Industry to fairly represent all interests in the battle against property crime to provide the most reliable and cost effective alarm response to the end user. Although we remain committed to traditional alarm response methods as a deterrent to crime, we consider video verification to be a significant enhancement and one that deserves a higher priority response by all first responders. Our goal is to collaborate with all members involved in the alarm response process and share best practices, ideas and the information necessary to maximize the effectiveness of all resources necessary to protect our valued customers' life and property. 

Chief Steve Dye of Grand Prairie PD speaks on the benefits of video alarms for public safety


Paul Fitzgerald, President of the National  Sheriffs' Association, speaks on priority response

PPVAR Board of Directors

Steve Dye  Chief of Police, Grand Prairie Police Department

Chief Steve Dye graduated from high school in Claude, Texas and later attended Sam Houston State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement/Police Science in 1984. He began his police career with the Houston Police Department and also served with the Arlington and Garland Police Departments in various assignments including Patrol, SWAT, Street Level Narcotics, Mounted Patrol and in the Traffic Unit as a Motorcycle Officer. Chief Dye was as an Assistant Chief in Garland and Chief in Colleyville, Texas before being selected as the Chief of Police for the Grand Prairie, Texas Police Department in July of 2011.

Chief Dye is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the LEMIT Command Staff Leadership Series and holds his Master Peace Officer Certification. He is currently working on his Masters Degree in Managerial Science at Amberton University. Chief Dye is a member of the North Texas Police Chiefs Association, the Texas Police Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing Committee. He serves as a Member of the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Alarm Committee for the Texas Police Chiefs Association and is on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Texas and the Brighter Tomorrows Domestic Violence Centers. Chief Dye is committed to a Community Policing philosophy and the formation of stakeholder partnerships to improve the quality of life in the city. He founded both the Unidos and MotorCops for Kids community programs in 2002 and his departments have twice been awarded the IACP Community Policing Award.

Steve has been married for 23 years and he and his wife have two daughters.

 

Paul Fitzgerald  Sheriff, Story County, Iowa

Paul Fitzgerald has a 35-year background in public safety and has been extensively involved in federal public safety communications initiatives. He was elected Story County Sheriff in 1992 after serving for 15 years on the Waterloo Police Department. Sheriff Fitzgerald also served as President of the National Sheriffs' Association in 2012 and has been deeply involved in the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST), the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), and the SAFECOM Emergency Response Council. Sheriff Fitzgerald has a master’s degree from St. Ambrose University and an undergraduate degree from Wartburg College. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

 

Donald M. Young  Protection1 - Chief Information Officer

Donald Young began his career in the alarm industry in 1988 after serving 4 years in the United States Air Force as a Computer Programmer Analyst with a Top Secret Clearance. He was first hired by Securitylink in November, 1988 as the Central Station Manager which led to positions in Operations and General Management and finally Corporate Director roles in Operations and Call Center Management. He then worked as Director of Call Center Operations for two years at SAI followed by his role as CIO and co-founder of Alarm Security Group (ASG) from 1998 to 2001. In 2001 he returned to Securitylink as CIO and after its purchase subsequently became VP of Information Technology for ADT where he was responsible for all Call Center Technology and Infrastructure support the next 3 years. In 2004 Donald co-founded HSM (Honeywell Security Monitoring) and became its CIO in charge of Call Center operations, Information Technology and Telecommunications. In 2007 upon a successful sale of HSM to Stanley Tools Donald accepted the position of CIO in charge of Global Information Technology and Call Center operations. In 2010 Donald accepted his current position as CIO of Protection1 in charge of all Call Center Operations, Information Technology and Telecommunications.

 

Steve Walker  Stanley CSS - VP Customer Service

Steve Walker serves as the Vice President of Customer Service for Stanley Convergent Security Solutions and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Steve holds a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in the Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology. Steve began his career with Honeywell International in 1985 working 13 years in aerospace product development before transitioning to the Honeywell security monitoring business in 1998. Since that time, he has held leadership positions in both central station IT and operations and has followed the transition of the business from Honeywell ownership, to private equity, and again to Stanley Black & Decker in 2007. Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and the Partnership for Priority Video Alarm Response (PPVAR). 

 

Jeremy Bates  General Manager of Sonitrol of Lexington, Inc. and Bates Security

Jeremy Bates is the general manager and, along with his family, owner of Sonitrol of Lexington and Bates Security in Lexington, Kentucky. Jeremy is currently serving on the PPVAR Board as the Sonitrol National Dealer’s Association’s (SNDA) representative. He is currently the Vice President and is the in-coming President of the SNDA Board. Jeremy has worked full time for over 19 years in the security industry with his career starting in sales up to his current position of general manager. The Bates family and their team have grown their company over the last several years to win such recognitions as being recognized as an SDM 100 dealer the last 6 years, the 2012 winner of the SAMMY’s Installer of the Year for Small to Mid-Size Companies and was most recently honored by the local chamber of commerce as the 2013 Small Business of the Year. Jeremy’s company has won several awards for top level performance in the Sonitrol network and he and his family have a deep history with Audio Detection and Verification.

 

Rob Baxter  Radius Security - President

Robert received his professional electrical engineering status in 1982 at UBC. His early career includes construction project management including construction of BC Women's Hospital & Health Center, still the largest maternity hospital in Canada. He joined the family fire and security business, Vancouver Fire Prevention, in 1983 and became President of the company in 1986. Rob has had the opportunity to design and install unique fire suppression solutions ranging from IT facilities to submarines. The company is the largest fire inspection business in Western Canada. The business expanded into security in 1982 and operates under the name Radius Security. They built their central station in 2010 and, in addition to traditional intrusion systems, Rob designed their remote guarding solutions based on video analytics to eliminate static guards for clients such as construction sites and car dealerships. Rob believes in video and related technologies to solve the problems of non-response and false alarms with traditional alarm systems. Radius Security is on a trajectory where monitoring revenue from video-based systems will surpass traditional monitoring by 2015. The company has 120 employees.

 

Fredrick P. Lohmann  National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) - Director of Field Operations

Fred Lohmann serves as the Director of Field Operations, Southwest Region of the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The Southwest Region encompasses Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. He supervises a staff of special agents and support personnel assigned to investigate criminal conspiracies involving insurance fraud, vehicle, cargo, and heavy equipment thefts. Mr. Lohmann began a career in law enforcement as a military policeman in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a law enforcement officer for 20 years with state and municipal law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma and Texas. Mr. Lohmann joined the National Insurance Crime Bureau in 2005. He has over 20 years of experience conducting complex investigations into suspected property casualty and commercial insurance fraud and vehicle theft. Mr. Lohmann is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in criminal justice. He graduated with honors from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol 40th Academy and is a court-recognized expert in motor vehicle accident reconstruction. He is a certified insurance fraud investigator, fraud claim law specialist, associate in insurance services, and holds a certificate in general insurance from the Insurance Institute of America. He is a licensed multiline claims adjuster in Texas. Mr. Lohmann holds a Master Peace Office license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education and is a commissioned Special Ranger with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Mr. Lohmann is a TCLEOSE-certified instructor and NRA-certified firearms instructor and range safety officer. He is a graduate of both the Northwestern University and U.S. Department of Transportation accident investigation basic and advanced courses.

 

Chief Anthony Canale (Ret.)  Verisk Crime Analytics - General Manager

As general manager, Anthony Canale has overall responsibility for the CargoNet business unit. Areas of responsibility include; accounts, marketing, personnel, operations and sales.

Anthony has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement. Having began his career in 1979 as a Police Officer, Anthony worked his way up through the ranks holding the offices of Detective, Lieutenant, Captain, and Chief. Prior to joining CargoNet, Anthony served as Chief of the Medford Township, NJ Police Department. During his 21 year tenure at MTPD, Anthony also worked closely with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as a member of various organized crime and narcotics taskforces.

Anthony has been honored by many organizations, most notably; U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Treasury, U.S. Secret Service, and the South Jersey Fraternal Order of Police.

Anthony earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University and graduated in the 195th Class for the F.B.I. National Academy.