Police and Security Group Initiative launches Best Practice Guide for effective private sector collaboration

The Police and Security (PaS) Group Initiative has launched a document focused on effective collaboration which aims to help the police service and the private security industry in working together on a common purpose.

The ‘Best Practice Guide for Private Security and Police Crime Reduction Collaboration’ covers the key considerations for implementing a successful partnership, from identifying the challenges and desired outcomes right through to implementation, the review cycle and sustaining a meaningful legacy.

The ten-step guide has been developed by the Effective Collaboration Working Group of PaS, an initiative launched back in 2014 to improve collaboration and trust between the private sector and the police with a view towards enhancing levels of both public safety and security.

Brett Lovegrove MA FRSA FSyI FICPEM, CEO of the City Security and Resilience Network (CSARN) and Effective Collaboration Working Group Lead, commented: “This Best Practice document brings both the private security industry and law enforcement agencies together to collaborate in the most effective way possible. It suggests the adoption of the most basic steps in order to create lasting partnerships aimed at crime reduction in local areas. The guide provides the initial steps upon which to build collaborative success.”

The steps outlined in the guide are:

(1) The Challenge – identifying a shared understanding between police and security of the problem and identifying the desired outcomes

(2) The Partnership – establishing the relationship architecture and identifying local stakeholders

(3) The Plan – sourcing appropriate resources/sponsorship and planning the best joint methods and tactics

(4) Ownership and Leadership – defining project leaders on both the police and security side

(5) Community Engagement – engaging and communicating with the local community

(6) Implementation – agreeing on an Action Plan and defining roles and responsibilities

(7) Review Cycle – is the challenge still relevant and are the milestones and objectives being met?

(8) Promoting Achievements – identifying who needs to know about the project’s achievements and communicating success stories to them

(9) Knowing When to Stop – establishing whether the crime has been displaced elsewhere or whether new risks have arisen (and deciding if the initiative should continue)

(10) The Legacy – sustaining positive outcomes and sharing Best Practice or key learning from the initiative

Over the coming months, Case Studies of existing successful partnerships between the police and the private security industry will be added to the guide to illustrate how following Best Practice can indeed achieve positive outcomes.

*The full document can be downloaded from the BSIA’s website: http://www.bsia.co.uk/about-us/partnerships/police-security-initiative/pas-effective-collaboration#

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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