San Antonio Police Department Recipient of 2015 Matthew Simeone Award
The ASIS International’s Law Enforcement Liaison Council and the ASIS Foundation have awarded the 2015 Matthew Simeone Award for Public Private Partnership Excellence to the “Business Against Theft Network” or BAT-NET, established by the San Antonio Police Department. ASIS International is a global community of security practitioners.
The Simeone Award, first established in 2011, recognizes outstanding achievement by a public agency and private organization that partner to address crime prevention, antiterrorism, public safety issues and other difficult challenges.
“Matthew Simeone was a leader within both the public and private sector. His unselfish actions created a model of cooperation between public and private sectors. The model helped to bring forth an environment of trust and cooperation among so many working to keep our communities safe” stated Dwight A. Holcomb, CPP, chair of the LELC’s Matthew Simeone Award Selection Committee.
ASIS President Dave Tyson, CPP presented the award at the ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2015) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
Businesses Against Theft NETwork.
BAT-NET is a Business Crime Alert Program Provided by the San Antonio Police Department
for Businesses in the San Antonio Area. Originally focusing on shoplifting and internal theft problems of
businesses, BAT-NET has now expanded to include all crimes that affect both large
and small businesses in San Antonio. These include robbery, fraud & scams, hot checks,
embezzlement, property loss, and a wide range of business-related crimes.
- Basic Business Crime Prevention Information
available for all businesses and the general public to view and utilize.
Two-way communication between the police and businesses concerning
current business crime alerts, suspect descriptions and photos, BAT-NET meetings,
and other messages of interest. Through Meetings and Classes, police officers can notify BAT-NET Members about Known Theft Rings,
Ring Method of Operation, Known Criminals Targeting Businesses, plus information
on Anti-Theft/Anti-Crime Programs and Activities, and on Successful Crime Prevention
Techniques used by other businesses.
The BAT-NET Program is FREE and open to San Antonio Business Loss Prevention representatives
(larger businesses), business owners and operators (smaller businesses), school
district police officers, other local law enforcement officers, SAPD officers, and
VIP personnel assigned to this project.
- A forum to express business crime-prevention needs.
- A forum to promote "Appropriate Sentencing" for offenders.
- An opportunity to improve liaison with the Bexar County District Attorney's Office.
- An opportunity to network with others with similar interests and concerns.
Meetings occur on the third Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Police Department, Public Safety Headquarters Building located at 315 South Santa Rosa.
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