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The Twin Cities Security Partnership

The Twin Cities Security Partnership
Working Together to Secure the Community

11/29/05

Minneapolis SA Paul McCabe with skyline background

It’s a question you should ask: What’s your community doing to protect itself from terrorist attacks and other security threats in this post-9/11 world?

In August, we brought you one innovative answer: the Dallas Emergency Response Network. Here’s another: the Twin Cities Security Partnership or TCSP in Minnesota.

We’re glad to say that Minneapolis Special Agent and Media Coordinator Paul McCabe first thought of it. How, he asked himself, can we get community leaders together to share information and intelligence, to identify and address potential security vulnerabilities, and to work together during times of crisis? McCabe contacted law enforcement, community, government, and business leaders in the area and outlined his plan. The response was enthusiastic. The group held its first meeting in July 2003, and more than 100 members have since joined the partnership.

What does the Partnership do? It shares vital information—things like intelligence, threat alerts and warnings, and potential security incidents—on a daily basis, as well as resources and equipment. For example, private sector businesses have donated laptop computers for law enforcement members, tents and blankets in case of emergencies, and leadership advice. Each partner brings something valuable to the table, whether it’s special resources, connections, information, or expertise.

The TSCP also set up a secure website so information can be shared quickly. In the event of a crisis—including severe weather, power outages, terrorist threats or attacks, and missing person alerts—members are alerted by e-mail to check the website for special instructions. Then they take action.

For example: after the July London bombings, the Minneapolis office alerted TCSP partners by e-mail. Our private industry partners contacted their corporate connections in London who were reacting to the crisis as it unfolded. “They basically got a play-by-play lesson on how to put best practices into place while in crisis mode to help get back to ‘business as usual’ as quickly as possible,” McCabe said.

Members also use the secure website to share information about security equipment and technology; discuss rumors and nuisance issues; and conduct and coordinate training, seminars, and conferences.

Hennepin County Sheriff Patrick McGowan had this to say about the partnership: “You can work together, you can enhance strengths, you can minimize weaknesses, you can share information, so I only see it as a win-win for everybody.”

Michael Tabman, the special agent in charge of our Minneapolis office, says the TCSP is the future of law enforcement. “We hope it’s a model for other communities.”

Visit the website yourself.

Resources: Twin Cities Security Partnership website | Minneapolis Field Office