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Department of Homeland Security

Contract with Local Police Departments for FEMA facilities

A Best Practice item captured for FEMA-1975-DR-AR is the contracting of local Police Departments and Sheriff's Offices instead of contracting private companies for guard services at FEMA facilities. For the FEMA/State Joint Field Office (JFO) in Little Rock, Arkansas, LRPD was contracted instead of a private company that could potentially be from out-of-State. Not only did this save money, but the local contract assisted the local economy and provided security personnel who had knowledge of local people and local issues. For field facilities such as Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), local Sheriff's Offices were contracted.

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Idea No. 5914