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Tracy Trautman
Deputy Director

Law Enforcement Officer Safety Toolkit, BJA-Sponsored, June 2017. This toolkit was created to promote learning about officer safety and encourage the leveraging of resources to augment state, local, and tribal efforts to promote officer safety.

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Managing Large-Scale Security Events: A Planning Primer for Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Large-scale events provide local governments with a number of valuable opportunities, including increasing revenue, revitalizing a city, and providing an increased sense of community. With these benefits comes greater responsibility for local law enforcement to ensure the public’s safety.

BJA worked in partnership with the CNA Corporation (CNA) to develop this Planning Primer which synthesizes model practices pertaining to security planning for a large-scale event, specifically pre-event planning, core event operations, and post-event activities. The guide also includes a comprehensive Appendix including actionable templates, checklists, and key considerations designed to facilitate the planning process.

This Planning Primer also includes key information on financial management to include: preparing a detailed budget, participating in post-award audits, and offering several financial resources that may be helpful to future local jurisdictions planning to host a large-scale security event.

The cities of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tampa, Florida, received federal funds to cover law enforcement and related security costs during the 2012 Presidential Nominating Conventions. Both BJA and CNA would like to express our gratitude to the Tampa Police Department (TPD) and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) for their full support in producing this document and for their time, expertise, and many contributions to the final product.

Read the two after-action convention reports:

Other Resources:
Managing Major Events: Best Practices from the Field (Police Executive Research Forum, June 2011)

Planning and Managing Security for Major Special Events: Guidelines for Law Enforcement (U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and Institute for Law and Justice, March 2007)



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