OHSP's Commitment to Connect to the Private Sector
Formed in 2012, the goal of the Outreach and Special Projects Bureau is to protect New Jersey citizens by working with communities, the private sector, and federal, state, county and local government agencies to ensure that operational and emergency plans are in place for a variety of hazards. The bureau develops information tailored to the recipients, encourages reciprocation and engages new partners. Its activities include Public and Private Sector Soft Target Outreach. This initiative focuses on targets where large numbers of people gather, such as malls, stadiums and arenas, hotels, casinos, faith-based organizations and military facilities. The bureau also engages with railroads, airports, hospitals and summer camps, as well as the motor coach, trucking, limousine and taxi sectors.
The Outreach and Special Projects Bureau aims to form partnerships in an effort to network, share information and identify needs and gaps within various sectors and communities. OHSP’s focus is to provide the necessary tools and resources to private sector, first responders and government partners.
OHSP's Interfaith Advisory Council encourages communication and good will between government and faith-based organizations. Executives and staff at OHSP meet regularly with faith-based representatives and also coordinate activities with faith-based institutions that include a security strategy for faith-based groups; training of security coordinators in behavior assessment training, protective measures, and emergency response plans; active shooter workshops; teleconferences; and security awareness training; as well as coordinating with other OHSP bureaus for site assessments, and workshops on how to apply for non-profit grants.
Bureau personnel developed OHSP materials in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish and Tagalog (click here for downloadable brochures and posters). Spanish-speaking employees of malls and hotels received briefings in Spanish on how to recognize and report suspicious activity. Spanish speakers are now able to report suspicious activity to OHSP Counterterrorism Watch by utilizing the Spanish prompts.
The Outreach and Special Projects Bureau works closely with OHSP's Planning and Project Management Bureau and Critical Infrastructure Protection Bureau to ensure a broad range of coordinated services.
OHSP personnel visit airfields and work with local and county law enforcement to provide information and assistance on security-related matters. The Bureau also facilitated security awareness training for airport personnel.
The Outreach and Special Projects Bureau is working with major car rental companies so that personnel can have greater awareness of how to recognize and report suspicious activity.
The Outreach and Special Projects Bureau formed a Motor Coach Working group for the private sector and a Bus Security Group for key law enforcement officers involved in the bus industry and government. The Bureau has organized conferences focusing on bus security for both law enforcement and the private sector.
Outreach and Special Projects Bureau provide briefings for members of the trucking industry and works with the NJ Motor Truck Association.
The Outreach and Special Projects Bureau organizes conferences focusing on rail security, including an annual conference for law enforcement. Personnel work with the major rail systems operating in New Jersey.
The Outreach and Special Projects Bureau work with limousine and taxi companies operating in New Jersey to raise awareness of how to recognize and report suspicious activity.
The Outreach and Special Projects Bureau meets with representatives from all of the military establishments in New Jersey quarterly, and visits installations throughout the year to facilitate information sharing. Briefings are presented on current threats and training opportunities. One goal is to ensure a coordinated response from all levels of government in the event of an emergency.
OHSP personnel regularly meet with the New Jersey Department of Corrections, as well as the New Jersey County Wardens Association to enhance information sharing.
Outreach and Special Projects Bureau personnel work to enhance security and human trafficking awareness for the hospitality industry in partnership with the New Jersey Hotel and Lodging Association and the New Jersey chapter of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, along with partners from federal, state, county and local law enforcement. OHSP hosts an annual hotel security conference.
Outreach and Special Projects Bureau personnel and partners work regularly with mall security directors and law enforcement liaisons and participate in full-scale and tabletop exercises. OHSP has hosted mall security group meetings for the 30 major malls located in New Jersey. [link to active shooter resources]
Outreach and Special Projects Bureau personnel meet periodically with members of the sports/entertainment sector regarding the threat and risk to stadiums and arenas. OHSP conducts regular statewide sports/entertainment security conferences regarding the threat and risk to this sector. This initiative includes universities and colleges with such facilities.