Public-Private Partnerships

A public-private partnership is a government service or private business venture which is funded and operated through a partnership of government and one or more private sector companies. These are sometimes referred to as PPP or P3. Alan Wohlstetter, an attorney that specializes in developing public-private partnerships, helps cities and towns figure out how to update their information technology infrastructure and fund improvements without over-taxing tax revenues. He creates an ideal legal structure for the governmental entity entering into the P3 and creates a financial model that works for both parties.

Why Would a Private Business Want to Enter Into a Public-Private Partnership with a Government Agency?

In the case of video surveillance, it may just be a matter of time before your local police department puts up their own video surveillance cameras in your area. When they do, you won’t have much of a say over where they go, how they operate, or how long the video gets stored. However, if you initiate a public-private partnership with your local police department and create a mutual letter of understanding (MLU) you may be able to negotiate not only access to the camera footage, but where the cameras are located, how long the video is stored, and what the cameras are able to capture.

If this interests you, consider other legal challenges of municipal video surveillance systems such as liability and fourth-amendment rights that public-private partnerships might be able to help. And if you’re interested in learning more about how public-private partnerships can help keep the value of your property up, protect patrons and other citizens, and maintain more control over your video surveillance, then please contact us for more information or call 317-755-0200. We are located in the Indianapolis area, but serve small towns, police and fire departments, and businesses in all of Indiana and the surrounding states.