Published on 17 September, 2010
|Effective working partnerships between police and private security companies result in budgetary savings|
With budget cuts across the public sector recently announced by the Coalition government, police forces across the country will be faced with increased pressure to cut costs while maintaining an excellent level of service to local communities.
The private security industry can do much to help police forces overcome this challenge, especially when it comes to protecting national and regional infrastructure in times of natural disaster or terrorist threat. There are already plenty of examples of such partnerships, where police and the private security industry have successfully pulled together to get communities back on their feet after catastrophic events have occurred.
On September 30, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA)
is holding a conference to highlight such examples, and to demonstrate how effective working partnerships between police and private security companies have resulted in budgetary savings at times when police and local authorities' resources are stretched to the limit.
Entitled 'Working together: protecting communities', the half-day event aims to raise awareness of the benefits of a partnership approach, and will give police forces and other agencies responsible for resilience the opportunity to share best practice in protecting the national infrastructure against terrorism and natural disaster. The event is free to attend, with speakers and topics including:
- 'Private Security in the Police Realm' - Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison, West Yorkshire Police
- 'The barriers to working with the private security industry: Police perceptions' - Professor Martin Gill, Perpetuity Group
- 'Operation Outlook - The Gloucestershire water crisis of 2007' - Chief Inspector Derek Jones, Gloucestershire Police
- 'Emergency Planning in Northumberland' - Ian Clough, Emergency Planning Manager for Northumberland
Mick Lee, Chairman of the BSIA's Police and Public Services Section, comments: "The event is expected to prove extremely popular and represents the ongoing effort of the private security industry to reach out to emergency services to help protect communities in the face of continued economic challenges. The private security industry, and the BSIA in particular, has worked hard to forge effective relationships with the Police and government, and we see this as the next step in what could be a very productive and cost-effective partnership."