Private Security

ILJ has developed a wide breadth of experience in the many facets of private security, including studies on the deployment of private security guards, state-of-the-art security measures in private industry, and relationships between police and private security. ILJ’s clients have included local municipalities, police agencies, the federal government, and private industry.

Past Projects

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.

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 an earlier Internet survey of the private security, ILJ employed 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.

Security Study of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Locks and Dams

This was a nationwide study of the vulnerability of more than 700 locks and dams controlled and operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. The study included designing a security checklist for Corps personnel for future self-assessments. It also provided the Corps with a cost-benefit analysis of measures to improve the physical security of the facilities.

Patrol Allocation and Work Schedules, Virginia Port Authority Police

The Virginia Port Authority Police Force provides public safety and security at the five largest shipping ports in Virginia. ILJ developed new police officer allocation levels and work schedules based on workload, service demand, and security needs. ILJ also made recommendations for microcomputer applications, improved centralized communications, and improved physical security.

Sample Publications and Products

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