Magazine article Security Management

Success across America

Magazine article Security Management

Success across America

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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. …

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