This text gives students a comprehensive overview of private security, its principles, its legal authority, and its effect on society in general. This basic information provides an overview of the entire field (development, philosophy, responsibility, function) as well as establishing a solid foundation for future courses.
SECTION I. PRIVATE SECURITY: AN OVERVIEW. 1. The Evolution of Private Security: A Brief History. 2. Modern Private Security: An Overview. 3. The Public/Private Interface and Legal Authority. 4. Legal Liability. SECTION II. BASIC SECURITY GOALS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. 5. Enhancing Security through Physical Controls. 6. Enhancing Security through Procedural Controls. 7. Preventing Losses from Accidents and Emergencies. 8. Preventing Losses from Criminal Actions. 9. Enhancing Information/Computer Security. 10. Enhancing Public Relations. SECTION III. WHEN PREVENTION FAILS. 11. The Investigative Function. 12. Obtaining and Providing Information. 13. Testifying in Court. SECTION IV. SECURITY SYSTEMS AT WORK: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER. 14. Loss Prevention through Risk Management. 15. Industrial Security. 16. Retail Security. 17. Commercial Security. 18. Institutional Security. 19. Other Applications of Security at Work. SECTION V. CHALLENGES FACING THE SECURITY PROFESSION IN THE 1990s AND BEYOND. 20. The Challenges of Violence in the Workplace. 21. Practicing and Promoting Ethical Conduct. 22. The Security Professional and Profession. 23. A Look to the Future. APPENDIXES. A. Site Security Evaluation. B. Training Requirements State by State. C. Academic Programs in Security and Loss Prevention. GLOSSARY. ANSWERS TO CRITICAL THINKING EXERCISES. AUTHOR INDEX. SUBJECT INDEX.