Private security in the United States protects people and assets in all areas of private endeavor from commerce and industry to institutions and local communities. Today, private security personnel can also be found partnering with public law enforcement screening the public in federal court houses, patrolling state and public property, training military troops and securing installations for the United States government in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as providing protection for government officials from across the nation. America’s private security industry is found protecting and standing watch for millions of Americans 24/7 at home and at work.
For many, the term “private security” still brings up the notion of a uniformed security guard with limited training and even less authority serving as a night watchman at a closed factory. In reality, it is private security personnel that are found operating the highly sophisticated security technologies that are keeping secure vital installations across the United States and around the globe often for both the public and private sectors. Each day, the nation’s private sector security practitioners protect billions of dollars in corporate assets, private property, and government institutions and land. Private security personnel today are standing shoulder to shoulder with their law enforcement colleagues in the front lines in the domestic war on terrorism, in the defense of the nation’s business from infiltration by organized crime, and in the on-going battle against the sale and use of narcotics in our workplaces, schools and institutions serving the public. When an alarm goes off signaling danger at home or in a public or private facility anywhere in America, it is more often than not private security personnel who provide the first response.
Private security today has taken the lead in developing America’s crime prevention programs. Skilled, well-trained men and women security specialists, armed with sophisticated training and superior technologies, protect our homes, streets, workplaces, recreational forums, transportation facilities, communication centers and every other essential venue as part of our national effort to insulate our critical infrastructure, industries and commerce from vulnerability to crime and terrorism while helping to ensure the normal functioning of our society in times emergency. The private sector still provides many of the nation’s first responders providing not only hands on but logistical support in times of crisis.
FRAC will seek to spotlight emerging techniques, services and technologies designed to meet the needs of crime prevention, asset protection and personal security for Americans in their daily activities where-ever they are. We will attempt to raise issues of concern about the use of private sector security personnel in traditionally public law enforcement activities, the training and supervision and monitoring of their performance in public activities, and issues of licensing, training and enforcement as they arise.
FRAC will attempt to serve as a source of information about the role of private sector security in society and to explain where we can the protocols followed by private security in its various roles from proprietary corporate and institutional security, as security contractors and while performing as quasi-public sworn officers with limited police powers. It is hoped that we can provide needed information for decision making on the important security issues made everyday about how best to use this vital private resource.