Operation Partnership: Trends and Practices in Law Enforcement and Private Security Collaborations, Executive Summary [open pdf - 1MB]
"Operation Partnership, a project sponsored by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office), addressed a key recommendation of the COPS/ International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) National Policy Summit to examine law enforcement-private security (LE-PS) partnerships and develop guidelines for forming and sustaining them. The project updated and expanded an earlier effort, Operation Cooperation, which was completed in 2000. Importance of Collaboration. Private security addresses crimes and public safety issues that law enforcement cannot handle alone because it lacks the human resources, mandate, or technology. LE-PS partnerships have existed for 30 years, but the need for LE-PS collaboration became more evident after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. With 85 percent of the nation's critical infrastructure owned by the private sector, police and private security must work jointly to protect these resources as well as to address other crime problems. Major Tasks and Products. The Operation Partnership team identified 450 LE-PS partnerships nationwide through surveys, literature reviews, and referrals; interviewed more than 50 partnership leaders; and analyzed trends, assisted by expert advisors and focus groups. The full report includes many partnership examples, offers guidelines for operating LE-PS partnerships, and is serving as the basis for online training being developed under a separate COPS Office grant."
United States. Dept. of Justice. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/