Building Private Security/Public Policing Partnerships

Building Private Security/Public Policing Partnerships to Prevent and Respond to Terrorism and Public Disorder

As part of its continuing effort to enhance the safety and security of communities throughout the United States and the world, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and a broad-based group of private sector/law enforcement professionals, released a comprehensive report entitled: Building Private Security/Public Policing Partnerships to Prevent and Respond to Terrorism and Public Disorder. The 38-page report outlines a national strategy to strengthen existing partnerships between private security and public law enforcement agencies and to assist in the creation of new ones. The report is the outgrowth of a national policy summit on this issue that was held earlier this year by IACP, supported by its Private Sector Liaison Committee, and co-sponsored by the American Society of Industrial Security International (ASIS), the International Security Management Association (ISMA), the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO), and the Security Industry Association (SIA). The report recommends five action items crucial to successful partnerships between the private sector and public policing: (1) Leaders of major police organizations and private security organizations should make a formal commitment to cooperation; (2) Fund research and training on relevant legislation, private security, and law enforcement-private security cooperation; (3) Create an advisory council to oversee the day-to-day implementation issues of law enforcement-private security partnerships; (4) Convene key practitioners to move this agenda forward in the future; (5) Local partnerships should set priorities and address key problems.

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