If you have spent any time browsing through the open bid opportunities on BidNet, you’ll know that there are contracts available for bid in nearly every industry sector. These include many spot and term contracts to provide products and services to security, safety and law enforcement agencies and police departments.
Have you ever passed by a police department, correctional facility or a law enforcement officer and wondered where they get all of their specialized equipment and supplies? The short answer is they get it from you, the people that they are hired to protect and serve. If you operate a business that sells law enforcement and security-related products, there are many opportunities available for you to contract with government agencies and police forces at municipal, state and federal levels.
Types of Law Enforcement Agencies
Within the boundaries of a state, there are usually several levels of law enforcement at work: state and/or highway patrols, county and city police departments, and regional Sheriff’s departments are some of the most common types of agencies.
At the federal level, there are many more law enforcement agencies, each operating with their own unique mandate. These include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which are the responsibility of the Department of Justice. The Department of Homeland Security oversees several other agencies including the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) service, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Federal Air Marshalls Service (FAMS), United States Secret Service (USSS), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
In addition to agencies tasked with enforcement, there are also various types of correctional facilities that each level of government must purchase goods and services for; these include low-to-medium security prisons, state prisons, county and local jails, and federal penitentiaries. There are also many police academies, probation and parole administrations, and training facilities that must source equipment and services for their operations.
What Are Law Enforcement Agencies Purchasing?
Government agencies solicit for a wide range of security, protection, combat, and emergency response equipment. Some of these items include:
These are just a few of the items that you can find contract opportunities for; there are many other products and services needed by government agencies. Your company could be the one to supply them if you have experience in providing the products needed and have a good operational record in your sector.
One of the more common bid opportunities that you will come across today are for body-worn cameras, or body cams. This is because several high-profile incidents of police violence against citizens in recent years have prompted a national conversation about transparency and accountability in policing. Many police departments and law enforcement agencies now require that officers wear body cams, the goal of which is to generate accurate accounts of encounters between police and the communities they serve. Body camera footage provides important evidence for investigations of crimes, no matter who commits them.
There Will Always Be a Need for Law Enforcement Products and Services
Despite budget cuts that are reducing government spending at many departments and agencies, the reality is that there will always be a need for law enforcement and police products and services. Depending on the type of bid, with careful planning and strategic bidding you could find yourself the recipient of a lucrative contract award in the security products or services industry.
Danielle Calamaras | BidNet.com