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From Police to Security Professional

A Guide to a Successful Career Transition, 1st Edition

By Michael S. D'Angelo

CRC Press

112 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Former police and military personnel possess attractive skill sets for the private security industry;however, the transition to the corporate arena is not without challenges. Competition for these jobs is fierce. Many candidates possess degrees in security management—some having spent their entire professional careers in private security. From Police to Security Professional: A Guide to a Successful Career Transition provides tips on overcoming the inherent obstacles law enforcement professionals face in making the switch and supplies a practical roadmap for entry into the private security world.

The foundation of the book comes from the author’s own journey and the many hurdles he encountered transitioning to private sector security. With his help, you’ll learn:

  • The unique skills, experience, and mentality required to enter into the private security industry from a law enforcement background
  • The opportunities available and the different areas within the industry—including benefits and income potential
  • How to properly evaluate your training portfolio
  • How to tailor your resume to garner the attention of hiring executives
  • The many professional associations and certifications that could be helpful in your career

Vital to your ability to succeed is understanding that security management has evolved into a distinct profession in its own right—one that brings with it different education, experience, and skill sets that clearly differentiate it from law enforcement. This book will help you better understand and be prepared for the policies, processes, and a corporate environment that operates in a very different way than the police structure to which you are accustomed. With the author’s help, you’ll give yourself every advantage to get the job and succeed in your new career.


"While the book is valuable to persons thinking of transitioning into the security world, for a person who has actually made the successful switch from law enforcement to security professional, it is a great reminder of how that path can meander."

—Dan Popowich, CPP, and James E. Sellers, CPP, in Security Management

"…worthy of academic standing in any university or college curriculum of study. The book flawlessly weaves together the journey of retirement and a conceptual understanding as to what it takes to make that transition successfully. From Police to Security Professional: A Guide to a Successful Career Transition provides a compelling template that is both empowering and a life manual for that journey."

—Dr. Michael J. Alicea, Retired Sergeant, Coral Gables Police Department, Adjunct Faculty Professor, University of Miami, Miami Dade College

Table of Contents

My Journey, Your Journey

Considering Retirement

Making My Skill Set Desirable to Possible Employers

Taking the Leap

Where Are You in Your Story?

Security Is Its Own Profession

Development of Modern Security

Some Benefits of the Private Security Industry

Establishing Your Credibility

Résumés and Other Tools for Your Success

Interview Tips

Associations, Education, and Certifications

Advanced Education Is for All

The Value of Certification

Security Sectors of Opportunity

Security Sectors of Employment

Emergency Preparedness: A Companion Profession

Advanced Training within the Field

What Employers May Be Looking For

Public versus Private: A Culture Shock

Social Media

Access to Records

Evaluation Reports


Your New Career and beyond

Protect Your Future

Retiring Again

Other Considerations



Appendix A

Appendix B

About the Author

Michael D’Angelo is the corporate security manager for Baptist Health South Florida, Miami. Before beginning his security management career, D’Angelo retired as a captain from the City of South Miami, Florida, Police Department after 20 years of service. During his police career, he served in a variety of specialized units and gained significant managerial experience as a supervisor, middle manager, and senior commanding officer. He is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety as well as ASIS International (American Society for Industrial Security), where he serves as a member of the Healthcare Security Council helping to propose guidelines and best practices for the industry.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Forensic Science
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security