ASIS International, the largest organization for security management professionals worldwide, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, have signed an agreement to promote cooperation and partnerships between the two groups for public and private safety and security, and to develop collaborative, effective information-sharing programs.
“ASIS and IACP both recognize that our associations represent the largest body of expertise in private security and law enforcement,” says ASIS President Michael R. Cummings, CPP. “In the past, members of both associations have participated in the development of mutually beneficial guidelines in school violence, workplace violence and the investigation of drugs in the workplace.”
Both associations have groups dedicated to public-private partnerships. ASIS has a Law Enforcement Liaison Council (LELC) and IACP has a Private Sector Liaison Committee (PSLC). Both have supported private security and law enforcement partnerships that have made a significant impact on the effectiveness of public safety and security.
According to the terms of the agreement, the two organizations will continue their commitment to the goals of the LELC and PSLC, and enhance these efforts in the best interest of the organizations. They also agreed to review their individual constitutions and bylaws to assure that public-private partnerships are clearly articulated as a desired organizational outcome.
“We have also agreed to formally ‘cross-pollinate’ the LELC and PSLC with membership from the other association,” says IACP President Michael Carroll. “By doing so, we will identify individuals who will act as contacts and conveyers of mutually beneficial activities.”
The IACP is the third organization to align with ASIS this year. ASIS has formalized relationships with the Open Security Exchange, a group dedicated to accelerating convergence of IT and physical security, and the Information Systems Security Association, an organization that serves information security and risk professionals.