Public-Private Partnerships

Well before the tragic events of September 11, 2001 or Hurricane Katrina in 2005, BENS conceptualized public-private partnerships (PPP) as a vital component in preparing for, and responding to, catastrophic events. BENS began building and facilitating public-private partnerships in eight regions across the nation in early 2000s, and in 2016 made PPP a focal point of our work. BENS this past year has partnered with, among others, the Chicago Police Department and the Georgia Department of Public Health to forge strong relationships that will better prepare communities for emergencies.

BENS, as part of its PPP efforts, also released Private Partnerships, Public Safety. This paper examines trends in today’s threat environment and offers one potential approach to address them — a more integrated, networked approach to public safety.

Valuing Fusion Centers

As part of its Public-Private Partnership Series, BENS worked closely with the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security to develop a novel business case to demonstrate the value of the Tennessee Fusion Center. Fusion centers are important fixtures within the nation’s domestic security enterprise – gathering and facilitating information throughout local, state, and federal agencies – but their preventative missions often make it difficult to validate the value of their support, particularly to state appropriators.

Specifically, BENS members involved in the effort utilized dollar value estimates of Tennessee’s critical infrastructure and commercial line insurance premium estimates to correlate value of the state’s fusion center, as well as calculating a break even claim value that justifies their annual budget. Their analysis concluded that if the Tennessee Fusion Center were a homeowner’s insurance policy for a $250,000 home, the annual premium would be $10 with a $16 deductible – concluding the return as a great investment. The analogy provides legislators perspective and context when considering a fusion center’s multi-million dollar budget.

To inquire about this study and its presentation contact Tom Tennant.

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