I know you've read it over and over here at SDN, but frankly, I don't think the subject of private-public partnerships could ever be discussed enough. While this collaboration was made 'official' not long ago with the partnership between ASIS and IACP, two of the largest associations representing private and public entities, there just can't be enough examples of folks making this a reality.
Here's an interesting story out of West Palm Beach, which as you might know, has quite the party scene. The local clubs and businesses have partnered with police and are being issued radios so they can communicate directly with law enforcement instead of having to call 911 when there's an incident.
What a concept. I envision that bouncers, for example, when faced with a situation that they're unable to handle, will be able to quickly and easily contact the nearest officer for assistance. According to the article, the West Palm Beach PD has an 'entertainment district unit' who are stationed in the vicinity and would be able to respond quickly.
But, apparently, West Beach isn't the first to try this out:
Maale said he got the idea from San Francisco, where many bars are in contact with each other via radios, but he wanted to take it to the next level and have them directly contact police.
Frankly, it doesn't seem like that much of an innovative concept, especially in the world of technology that we live in, yet the precedent it sets is fairly forward thinking. After all, I think most of us would agree that it's imperative for private security to partner directly with law enforcement so everyone can do their job better.