Original Date: 04/07/1997
Revision Date: 04/14/2003
Information : Crisis Management - Security Programs
Rock Island Arsenal’s (RIA’s) Law Enforcement and Security Directorate consists of 54 personnel. This is augmented by 35 members of the workforce organized as an auxiliary Police Force. These personnel receive the same training and certification as the permanent force. The Directorate went through a process of successfully defending the number of police officers versus guards which had been dictated by higher headquarters. By retaining a higher number of police officers, RIA has realized a higher morale among the security force, a better image with the Arsenal workforce and the neighboring communities, and a greater flexibility in hiring capabilities.
The Directorate has changed its training methods for law enforcement officers. Previously, the officers received training from military sources only; currently, they receive training with local agencies from the State of Illinois which is more pertinent to their locality. Another improvement is in Security Awareness training for Arsenal employees. RIA has gone from using one person full time who provided training in increments, to using a computer-based training program that individual employees use at their own pace, job site, and at their convenience. These changes have saved the installation $140,000 per year in overhead expenses. The Directorate also participated in the IOC-directed Safety/Security Standdown Day which was directed across the command in response to an increase in explosive-related accidents. Each installation was directed to suspend operations for a day and conduct safety training, and it was decided to include security training as well. The Arsenal's Law Enforcement and Security Directorate participated. The Directorate used feedback as much as practical to make improvements, as well as various media (closed circuit TV, electronic bulletin board, CC mail, billboard, meetings) to continue the awareness generated by the Standdown Day.
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