The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States underscored the need for systematic assessments of homeland security issues, and for a sharing of responsibilities between law enforcement and private security. ILJ collaborates with federal, state, and local agencies to address these needs.
Homeland Security. ILJ works with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, local and state law enforcement, and private security organizations to offer a comprehensive approach to studies related to homeland security. Current projects include:
A congressionally-mandated, national study of special event security for the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Policing Services (COPS). Phase II of this project involves developing training for local law enforcement on special event security post-9/11.
A national survey of private security organizations for COPS, with a focus on strategies to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks.
Police/Private Security Cooperation. Through “Operation Cooperation,” ILJ and its public and private sector partners produced guidelines, case studies, a literature review, and a video that address roles, responsibilities, and challenges in police/private security cooperation. "Operations Partnerships" involves updating and expanding on this work.
ILJ also works with local government clients to find new ways for police and private security to work together efficiently and effectively. Examples include projects for The Woodlands, Texas, and Ft. Myers, Florida.