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Private Security
An Introduction to Principles and Practice

ISBN 9781032096179
Published June 30, 2021 by CRC Press
816 Pages 399 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

There are few textbooks available that outline the foundation of security principles while reflecting the modern practices of private security as an industry. Private Security: An Introduction to Principles and Practice takes a new approach to the subject of private sector security that will be welcome addition to the field.

The book focuses on the recent history of the industry and the growing dynamic between private sector security and public safety and law enforcement. Coverage will include history and security theory, but emphasis is on current practice, reflecting the technology-driven, fast-paced, global security environment. Such topics covered include a history of the security industry, security law, risk management, physical security, Human Resources and personnel, investigations, institutional and industry-specific security, crisis and emergency planning, critical infrastructure protection, IT and computer security, and more.

Rather than being reduced to single chapter coverage, homeland security and terrorism concepts are referenced throughout the book, as appropriate. Currently, it vital that private security entities work with public sector authorities seamlessly—at the state and federal levels—to share information and understand emerging risks and threats. This modern era of security requires an ongoing, holistic focus on the impact and implications of global terror incidents; as such, the book’s coverage of topics consciously takes this approach throughout.

Highlights include:

  • Details the myriad changes in security principles, and the practice of private security, particularly since 9/11

  • Focuses on both foundational theory but also examines current best practices—providing sample forms, documents, job descriptions, and functions—that security professionals must understand to perform and succeed

  • Outlines the distinct, but growing, roles of private sector security companies versus the expansion of federal and state law enforcement security responsibilities

  • Includes key terms, learning objectives, end of chapter questions, Web exercises, and numerous references—throughout the book—to enhance student learning

  • Presents the full range of career options available for those looking entering the field of private security

  • Includes nearly 400 full-color figures, illustrations, and photographs.

Private Security: An Introduction to Principles and Practice provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of modern security issues and practices on the market. Professors will appreciate the new, fresh approach, while students get the most "bang for their buck," insofar as the real-world knowledge and tools needed to tackle their career in the ever-growing field of private industry security.

An instructor’s manual with Exam questions, lesson plans, and chapter PowerPoint® slides are available upon qualified course adoption.

Table of Contents

1. Security Origins and Development

2. Concept, Context, and Definition: Security

3. Private Security, Public Policing, and Occupational Roles

4. Private Security Industry, Organizational Structure, and Definition

5. Private Security and the Law

6. Risk Management

7. Physical Security

8. Security: Human Resources and Personnel

9. Investigations and Investigative Reporting for the Security Professional

10. Crisis Planning and Prevention from Accidents, Emergencies & Disasters

11. Critical Infrastructure Security

12. Private Security and Art and Cultural, Educational, Religious and Medical Institutions

13. Private Security: Hospitality, Gaming, Event, and Mall Property

14. Information, IT, and Computer Security

15. The Future of the Private Security Industry: A Philosophical Outlook

Appendix A. Alabama State Security Company License Application

Appendix B. Workplace Emergency Action Plan

Appendix C. Campus/Building Emergency Action Plan

Appendix D. Hotel Security and Safety Assessment Form University Campus

Appendix E. Excerpt from Burdeau v. McDowell

Appendix F. Physical Security Survey Checklist

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Charles P. Nemeth is a recognized expert in homeland security and a leader in the private security industry, private sector justice, and homeland security education. He is currently Chair of the Department of Security, Fire, and Emergency Management at John Jay College in New York City, USA.


"This weighty book merits its size. The author describes and analyzes the full scope of activities associated with private security. It is an encyclopedic work that effectively covers the often complex and broad scope of private security … a rich exposition of the field that will be valuable to students and faculty and enrich the library of the practitioner." —Security Management, November 2018

"This is an excellent, practitioner-based and comprehensive textbook on the practice of private security as an industry." —Dr. Joshua Sinai, IASCP Homeland Security Bookshelf