Tuesday 24th November 2020 at ASIS Security Management Congress 2020 

The Hague Marriott 

On November 24th ASIS Benelux, Security Management and the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) are teaming up to host a unique day for the Security sector in the Benelux. This new partnership is set to provide an informative day full of interactive sessions and high-profile keynote speakers followed by the world-wide acclaimed Benelux OSPAs awards presentation – providing a great opportunity to expand your professional network.

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The OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit and Awards takes place in the afternoon and the programme includes:

Clarissa Meerts

Clarissa Meerts is assistant professor in criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She received her PhD in criminology in 2018 at Erasmus University Rotterdam, based on her research on the Dutch corporate investigations sector. Her research interests include corporate/private investigations, corporate justice, white-collar and financial crime and public-private relationships.

To separate or to cooperate – that’s the question In an ever more connected and fast-moving environment, the provision of security is developing too. Private actors have gained much ground and many organisations turn to corporate investigators, instead of the state, when faced with internal crime. As a consequence, police and prosecution are often reliant on these private actors for information on what happens inside organisations. Public-private cooperation is frequently mentioned as a solution to the information asymmetry state actors are faced with. Cooperation is expected to make the prevention of and reactions to (white-collar) crime more effective and to lead to a win-win situation for both public and private security actors. Formal public-private cooperation efforts are, however, very scarce in the field of corporate investigations. Instead, public-private relations, often seem to have a more ad hoc character. The question may be posed why this is the case. Through a discussion of some characteristics of corporate investigations into internal crime, this presentation endeavours to answer that question.

Daan Weggemans

Dann Weggemans is a researcher at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA). At ISGA he is the Programme Director of the Bachelor Security Studies. He is also a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT). Recent research includes studies on the lives and preparatory processes of foreign fighters, the role of families in radicalisation and the detention and re-integration of jihadist extremist offenders.

Loving a Terrorist. Exploring the role of family members of those who joined jihadist groups and how to deal with them. Since 2012, thousands of individuals have travelled from Western countries to join jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq. While much has been written about these individuals, only sparse attention has been paid to the social environment of these jihadist travelers and, more specific, the role of family members in their radicalization, joining and returning from jihadist groups. During this talk, insights are presented into the role of family members in radicalization and re-integration processes on the one hand, and security professionals and organizations on the other. These insights form an important starting point for further policy development. It highlights that the prevention of radicalization and the fostering of reintegration is a collective effort – rather than an individual responsibility of families. In other words, that in this security context cooperation between different organizations is of paramount importance and that coordination is essential.

Jaap J. De Waard

Jaap de Waard is a senior policy advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice. He is the former secretary of the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN). He has published widely on crime prevention models, international trends in the private security industry, and international benchmark studies in the field of crime control. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and expert meetings in the field of law enforcement and crime prevention. He is research fellow at the International Victimology Institute (INTERVICT), Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

Public and private crime control: Collaboration at the Benelux level In view of the background to the growth of private security services in the BENELUX, there is little point in responding negatively to it – from prohibition to non-co-operation – and this could only lead to less successful crime-fighting and even more erosion of faith in the public security services. A less defensive response starts with a realistic perception of the influence of the government and the mutual dependency of the public and private actors. Developments can turn out well or badly. At the BENELUX level there are real opportunities for reducing crime and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of security services. Threats and opportunities on these issues are being discussed. For the balance between private and public security services, in a more general sense, it would seem to be of particular importance that the public security services are able to keep up with developments in the private sector from a qualitative point of view. Only then will the public sector be able to continue playing a leading role in security services.