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Success across America.

ACCORDING TO A NATIONAL study on private security and public law enforcement relationships, cooperative programs between the private and public sectors emerged, beginning in the mid-1980s, at a faster pace than ever before.(*)

Led by a relatively small number of committed men and women in national groups and associations, major corporations and local organizations became the catalysts for new cooperative programs and interaction.

The Hallcrest Report predicts that partnerships between private security and law enforcement groups will likely continue to be forged throughout the 1990s. This will create an increasingly formidable coalition fighting crime and favoring joint solutions to issues affecting private security and law enforcement, the public, and the business community.

Taken from The Hallcrest Report: Private Security Trends 1970-2000, this edition of "Operation Cooperation Comer" describes a few examples of cooperative initiatives that have emerged in recent years.

Washington Law Enforcement Executive Forum (WLEEF). WLEEF, formed by key law enforcement officials and private sector executives in the early 1980s, is the only statewide public/private sector organization in the nation.

Foremost among its missions and goals has been the creation of an atmosphere of mutual understanding of problems facing law enforcement and the business community. The purpose is to identify and affect crime trends.

VLEEF is composed of 26 executives, half from the private sector and half from the public sector. The public sector members include sheriffs, chiefs of police, the state patrol chief, and (*) William Cunningham, John Strauchs, and Clifford Van Meter, The Hallcrest Report: Private Security Trends 1970-2000 (Stoneham, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1990). special agents in charge of the Seattle offices of the FBI and Secret Service, as well as individuals from the state attorney general's office.

Private sector members include security personnel from a number of businesses such as the Boeing Company, Weyerhaeuser, and Northwest Security Services among others.

WLEEF and the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs continue to maintain a close relationship and keep the lines of communication open.

A variety of cooperative accomplishments has been realized by the forum. Examples of its projects include * funding a statewide loaned-executive program to enhance management of local police agencies; * providing support for the Law Enforcement Executive Journal, the nation's first law enforcement/business publication; * supporting computer crime control legislation; * funding and developing a statewide toll-free hot line for reporting drunk drivers; * sponsoring legislation for the regulation and training of private security personnel; * promoting a Business Watch program to prevent crimes against businesses; and * creating an Economic Crime Task Force to assess the nature and extent of white-collar crime in the state, develop strategies to reduce such crime, promote appropriate legislative initiatives and revisions, and collect and disseminate information on economic crime.

Downtown Detroit Security Executive Council (DDSEC). DDSEC was begun in the mid-1980s by a bank security executive and past president of ASIS, Carl Carter, and a widely respected crime prevention professional, Commander James Humphrey of the Detroit police department. DDSEC with its 55 members has become a crime prevention partnership among 35 major corporations and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and offices in downtown Detroit.

The council's goals include * identifying security problems in the downtown area from police reports and incidents reported to private security; * promoting crime prevention through environmental design in new construction and renovation projects; * developing open, continuous communications and information sharing between. private security and law enforcement; and * promoting crime-reduction and crime-awareness programs throughout the downtown Detroit business district.

Accomplishments of DDSEC have included the following: * a CCTV street surveillance system designed and implemented in cooperation with the Detroit police, Michigan Bell Telephone, and the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce * promotion of Business Watch and Vertical Watch crime prevention programs * surveying the security resources such as personnel, communications, and vehicles-available throughout the downtown area * a telephone information program (TIP) to report promptly to the proper city agency various area problems, such as streetlight outages, potholes, missing traffic signs, and other indications of neglect * a security on site (SOS) program, which downtown businesses denote their participation in through outdoor signs (Participation in the program means that a site is staffed 24 hours a day and is available to call for police, fire, or medical assistance and, in some cases, provides a safe haven for persons in trouble.) * quarterly training through the council's educational arm, the Downtown Security Forum (The training covers such topics as workplace substance abuse, white-collar crime, executive protection, auto theft, and security liability; attendees include not only downtown security practitioners but also business leaders, building managers, and law enforcement officials.)

Baltimore County, MD. Since the mids 1980 the Baltimore County police department (BCPD), working with the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the local ASIS chapter, has sought a closer and more productive relationship between private security and the business community.

Its activities include * appointing a command officer to serve as a liaison with private security firms and organizations; * researching false alarms and helping to develop legislation to reduce false alarm calls to the police; * forming a Baltimore County Police Foundation to foster improved relationships with the business community and develop crime control strategies jointly with the private sector, such as a comprehensive "Drugs in the Workplace" program; and * getting the participation of businesses in the department's fear-reduction and community-policing programs.

These programs are just a few examples of how successful public and private sector cooperative efforts can be. The benefits of this interaction will continue to affect all segments of community operations. William C. Cunningham, CPP, is president of Hallcrest Systems Inc. in McLean, VA, and a member of ASIS.
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Title Annotation:Special Issue; successful partnership between private security and public law enforcement groups
Author:Cunningham, William C.
Publication:Security Management
Date:Nov 1, 1991
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