Engaging the Private Sector to Promote Homeland Security: Law Enforcement-Private Security Partnerships [open pdf - 308KB]
"Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, law enforcement-private security partnerships have been viewed as critical to preventing terrorism and terror-related acts. Because the private sector owns and protects 85 percent of the nations infrastructure, while local law enforcement often possesses threat information regarding infrastructure, law enforcement-private security partnerships can put vital information into the hands of the people who need it. Thus, to effectively protect the nations infrastructure, law enforcement and private security must work collaboratively because neither possesses the necessary resources to do so alone. Police chiefs and sheriffs should consider formalizing relationships with their private security counterparts. Formalization shows both law enforcement and private security employees that the partnership is an organizational priority. Law enforcement-private security partnerships tend to revolve around networking, information sharing, crime prevention, resource sharing, training, legislation, operations, and homeland security and terrorism prevention element. and often overlooked, responsibility. The success of a partnership can often depend on the liaison. The selection of private security personnel for this position can be complicated by a lack of prescreening, standards, and training."
Bureau of Justice Assistance Clearinghouse: http://www.ncjrs.gov/
''New Realities: Law Enforcement in the Post-9/11 Era'' Series