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New guide aims to boost collaboration between security and police

Collaboration can be a hugely important and valuable concept in many industries and areas of business, including security. It promotes efficiency and new ways of working through the sharing of ideas, methods and insights.

The importance of different agencies working together to achieve a common goal has been underlined by the recent launch of the Police and Security Group Initiative's (PaS) best-practice guide to effective collaboration. The aim of the resource is to help police forces and the private security industry function cooperatively to achieve a shared goal.

Available to download here, the guide was designed to cover some of the most important considerations involved in forming a successful partnership between the police and security services, such as understanding the problems that need to be addressed and finding the best way for the relationship to work. It was developed by the effective collaboration working group of the PaS, which was established in 2014 to promote cooperation and trust between the private security sector and the police.

Brett Lovegrove, leader of the group and chief executive of the City Security and Resilience Network, said: "This best-practice guide 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 first steps in the guide focus on the essential requirements for forming a successful partnership between private security and the police, such as a shared understanding of the threats faced and the desired outcome of the project.
It's also important for partners to think about the nature of the relationship - how formal it will be and whether an official information-sharing agreement is required, for example.

When it comes to designing and executing the plan, key considerations are likely to include the availability of necessary resources, the best joint methods and tactics to achieve shared goals, and procedures for measuring and communicating success. Having a clear leadership structure will be crucial to guarantee governance and supervision of the collaborative project, on both the police and security sides.

The PaS best-practice guide also underlined the need to review the partnership as it progresses, focusing on questions such as whether the initial challenge is still relevant and, if not, whether the overall plan needs to change.

Furthermore, security services and law enforcement agencies involved in the collaboration will need to think about the legacy of their project. This might include best-practice examples that can be shared with others and strategies for ensuring that positive outcomes are sustained.

Closer cooperation between private security and the police could prove particularly beneficial for businesses that are focused on ensuring the best possible protection for their workforce and valuable assets.

Posted by Andrew Miller

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