Creating the Strategy: From Public Safety to Homeland Security


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Working with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and other public agencies and private property owners, the DowntownDC BID is developing a comprehensive security program known as the DowntownDC BID Security Initiative (DBSI).

The mission of DBSI is to enhance the ability of Downtown property owners, managers and businesses to respond efficiently and effectively to man-made and natural security events through electronic surveillance and increased preparedness. DBSI brings together property managers, security managers, emergency services officials and police officials to help prevent foreign and domestic terrorist events and mitigate the impact of natural disasters. Additionally, the program establishes preparedness training standards, continuity of operations planning and situational responses.