GMU-TV Video Receives Raves

Posted: October 3, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Yaghmour

“We just couldn’t be any happier with it,” says Captain Dave Lubas of the Fairfax County Police Department.

He is referring to an eight-minute video that GMU-TV’s production specialist Steven Watson recently produced for the Virginia Police and Private Security Alliance (VaPPSA), of which Lubas is a member. The alliance consists of public law enforcement officers, private investigators, retail and mall security officers, corporate and contract security personnel, and representatives from the alarm industry.

At a meeting last week, VaPPSA members saw the video for the first time, says Lubas, along with several other videos on similar topics. The GMU-TV video was “by far the best we [saw],” Lubas says.

Titled “Partners in the Fight against Crime,” the video highlights the importance of cooperation between public law enforcement agencies and private security organizations. Everyone’s concerned with community policing these days, says Lubas. And cooperation between public and private security representatives is critical in community policing.

The video was narrated by John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted, and included interviews with the superintendent of the Virginia State Police, the chief of police of Fairfax County, and Michael Lynch, George Mason’s own police chief.

Copies of the video will be distributed to police academies across the Commonwealth of Virginia for use in officer training, says Lubas. It will also be distributed to the national professional organizations of which the security groups represented within VaPPSA are members.

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