The need to protect the homeland was made evident in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001. Since that time, many of ILJ’s projects have addressed the need to prevent and respond to terrorism.
ILJ worked with the Red Teaming and Net Assessments (RTNA) Division of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), focusing on preventative radiological and nuclear detection (PRND) across the U.S. RTNA’s mission is to provide program assessments and training evaluations for DNDO. ILJ worked on multiple program evaluation projects, including Securing the Cities (STC) Program ($100 million project to prevent radiation-nuclear attacks on New York City), Transportation Security Administration’s Visual Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) Program, and the South East Transportation Corridor Pilot Program (SETCP).
National Guidelines for Special Event Security
ILJ assisted the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services with a congressionally mandated study of special event security, focused on changes made since the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001. Phase I resulted in a comprehensive report, Planning and Managing Security for Major Special Events: Guidelines for Law Enforcement (December 2004). Research for the report included observations of security at major events (NASCAR races, the Kentucky Derby, national political conventions, Super Bowl, and others); on-site interviews with law enforcement and private security; telephone interviews with more than 40 large and medium-sized law enforcement agencies about best practices for public safety and security at events like county fairs, large street festivals, college football games, concerts, and July 4th celebrations; document and literature reviews; and consultations with event security experts, including representatives of the FBI, U. S. Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, corporate security (e.g., NFL, NASCAR) and private security experts for major events. During phase II, ILJ developed a training curriculum for law enforcement on special event security.
Working closely with national police and private security organizations, ILJ conducted Operation Partnership to examine law enforcement-private security partnerships throughout the nation. The project included a national survey of private security and law enforcement to identify partnerships; and in-depth interviews with more than 70 partnerships that shared information and resources, and that provide joint responses to address homeland security, public disorder, and other public safety issues. A comprehensive report will soon be published that includes numerous partnership examples, as well as guidelines for forming and strengthening law enforcement-private security partnerships. Operation Partnership was supported by the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
Private Security Screening
For Hallcrest Systems, ILJ conducted an Internet survey of private security personnel. The study, done for the Department of Homeland Security, dealt with the cost and management of security screening for private security personnel. The Internet survey was based on email contact referring the audience to a website that contained the survey. Survey results from 163 respondents were automatically loaded into a database for analysis. ILJ did the statistical analysis of results for Hallcrest Systems.
Insider Threats to Private Security
For Hallcrest Systems, ILJ conducted an Internet survey of private security personnel on the potential for "insider threat" to private security. The study, done for the Department of Homeland Security, dealt with the potentially most dangerous threats in the many areas where security is provided by private sector companies. Building upon the experience of the earlier Internet survey of the private security, ILJ added additional techniques to increase the response rate significantly. ILJ did the statistical analysis and provided the results to Hallcrest for the final analysis and reporting.
Sample Publications and Products
- Planning and Managing Security for Major Special Events: Guidelines for Law Enforcement
- Special Event Security Training for Law Enforcement—contact Ed Connors at ILJ for more information: