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Star For Immediate Release
April 6, 2011

CONTACT: Gilbert L. Moore
(202) 616-1728

COPS Office Announces Online Training Course in Support of Police and Private Security Partnerships

Washington, D.C. –The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced a new, on-line, training resource that will provide law enforcement agencies and private security firms with information on how to make the most of their collaborative partnerships. 

The training provides police and private security partners with assistance in establishing and sustaining partnerships, helping them create a customized action plan, and it highlights aspects of successful police-private security partnerships that can be easily replicated.  The training takes just over an hour to complete, and is divided into three sections: Introduction to Partnerships, Starting a Partnership, and Strengthening a Partnership.

“As local law enforcement budgets are being reduced, police departments are seeking new strategies for efficiently providing high level services, and the Team up training is a resource that helps to address this need,” said COPS Director Bernard K. Melekian.  “Police–private security partnerships represent a natural extension of community policing and serve as a force multiplier for the many departments that are seeking ways to do more with less manpower and fewer dollars.”

The Team Up: Action Planner for Police-Security Partnerships training was developed through collaboration between the COPS Office and the Law Enforcement-Private Security Consortium (LEPSC).  LEPSC works to support partnership between law enforcement and private security organizations to improve public safety. The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide through the provision of grants and the development of numerous knowledge resource products, including community policing publications, training and technical assistance services.