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Critical Incident Protocol: A Public and Private Partnership

Michigan State University and the Security Executive Council
Promoting Public/Private Partnerships for Crisis Management

MSU Partnership Program

In 1998 with federal funding, Michigan State University (MSU) began researching how government and business organizations could jointly collaborate on being prepared for, respond to, and recover from the impact of emergencies, critical incidents, disasters, terrorism, and WMD events.   

Through focus groups, research, and other tasks, MSU identified best practices and lessons learned that were incorporated into a 42-page how to guide for public and private sector practitioners and stakeholders on partnering for crisis management.  The Critical Incident Protocol - A Public and Private Partnership, which was released in 2000 was distributed across the nation.  Due to the success of the publication the federal government asked MSU to create a partnership program that would be delivered at the community level.  In 2002, the Critical Incident Protocol (CIP) - Community Facilitation Program began with MSU facilitating public/private partnerships for joint crisis management. 

As of 2010 when federal funding ceased, MSU was working with 50 cities, counties, and regions in 24 states with over 4,200 public and private sector practitioners and stakeholders participating.  Also, MSU presented at over 100 conferences, workshops, and meetings on public-private collaboration, crisis management, business continuity, and related topics before 4,000 public and private sector executives.

MSU/SEC Alliance

To sustain the expertise built by MSU through the CIP Program, the Security Executive Council (SEC) and the MSU School of Criminal Justice formed the MSU/SEC Alliance.  Through this collaboration, SEC is offering specialized assistance, programs, publications, consulting, workshops, and other support in conjunction with MSU faculty, academic specialists, and adjunct faculty.  Among the different services is the Business Continuity Alliance Working Group that explains one of these opportunities. For public and private sector practitioners, go to www.securityexecutivecouncil.com for more information.

Security Executive Council

The Security Executive Council is a problem-solving research and services organization that involves a wide range of risk management decision makers. Its community includes forward-thinking practitioners, agencies, universities, NGOs, innovative solution providers, media companies and industry groups. Backed by a Faculty of more than 100 successful current and former security executives, the Council creates groundbreaking Collective Knowledge™ research, which is used as an essential foundation for its services and resources.

Based on a recent Council survey of former CIP participants, the majority of respondents have participated in an MSU Critical Incident Protocol program as an attendee and a majority report there is a public-private partnership on crisis management program created and still active in their community (71%). However, a deep concern for almost three-quarters of respondents is securing funding given the loss of DHS support.

Due to this, the Council is holding an online forum for advancing CIP programs in light of the lack of federal funding. Based on survey responses, we have developed some ideas on how we may be able to advance CIP in your community. These will range from no cost activities, helping to find new sources of funding or sponsors, to self-funding ideas. We encourage for you to bring your interested colleagues. This will be a virtual meeting/conference; those interested in participating please contact: contact@secleader.com

For information on the MSU/SEC Alliance, go to https://www.securityexecutivecouncil.com/knowledge/index.html?mlc=603

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