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San Antonio PD Recipient of 2015 Matthew Simeone Award

16 August 2015

The ASIS International’s Law Enforcement Liaison Council (LELC) and the ASIS Foundation have awarded the 2015 Matthew Simeone Award for Public Private Partnership (P3) Excellence to the “Business Against Theft Network” or BAT-NET, established by the San Antonio (Texas) Police Department.

Originally focusing on shoplifting and internal theft problems of businesses, BATNET has expanded to include all crimes that affect both large and small businesses in San Antonio. These include robbery, fraud & scams, hot checks, embezzlement, property loss, and a wide range of business-related crimes.

BAT-NET provides:

  • Basic Business Crime Prevention Information available for all businesses and the general public to view and utilize.
  • Two-way communication between the police and businesses concerning current business crime alerts, suspect descriptions and photos, BAT-NET meetings, and other messages of interest. Through Meetings and Classes, police officers can notify BAT-NET Members about Known Theft Rings, Ring Method of Operation, Known Criminals Targeting Businesses, plus information on Anti-Theft/Anti-Crime Programs and Activities, and on Successful Crime Prevention Techniques used by other businesses.

The BAT-NET Program is FREE and open to San Antonio Business Loss Prevention representatives (larger businesses), business owners and operators (smaller businesses), school district police officers, other local law enforcement officers, SAPD officers, and VIP personnel assigned to this project.

The Simeone Award, first established in 2011, recognizes outstanding achievement by a public agency and private organization that partner to address crime prevention, antiterrorism, public safety issues and other difficult challenges.

“Matthew Simeone was a leader within both the public and private sector. His unselfish actions created a model of cooperation between public and private sectors. The model helped to bring forth an environment of trust and cooperation among so many working to keep our communities safe” stated Dwight A. Holcomb, CPP, chair of the LELC’s Matthew Simeone Award Selection Committee.

ASIS President Dave Tyson, CPP will present the award at the ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2015) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. The award will be presented at the Law Enforcement/Military Appreciation Day Luncheon.

Learn more about this award.