5th Edition

Private Security and the Law

By Charles P. Nemeth Copyright 2018
    756 Pages 113 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    756 Pages 113 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Private Security and the Law, Fifth Edition, is a singular resource that provides the most comprehensive analysis of practices in the security industry with respect to law, regulation, licensure, and constitutional questions of case and statutory authority.

    The book begins with a historical background of the security industry, laws and regulations that walks step-by-step through the analysis of the development of case law over the years as it applies to situations commonly faced by security practitioners. It describes the legal requirements faced by security firms and emphasizes the liability problems common to security operations, including negligence and tortious liability, civil actions frequently litigated, and strategies to avoid legal actions that affect business efficiency.

    In addition, chapters examine the constitutional and due-process dimensions of private security both domestically and internationally, including recent cases and trends that are likely to intensify in the future. Updated coverage new to this edition includes developments in statutory authority, changes to state and federal processes of oversight and licensure, and special analysis of public-private cooperative relationships in law enforcement.

    Key features include:

    • Up to date case law analysis provides cutting edge legal treatment of evolving standards

    • Complicated material is presented in a straight-forward, readable style perfect for the student or security professional

    • Includes over 200 tables and figures that illustrate concepts and present critical comparative data on statutes and regulations

    • National scope provides crucial parameters to security practitioners throughout the U.S.

    • Numerous case studies, case readings, and case examples provide real-world examples of security law and litigation in practice

    Private Security and the Law, Fifth Edition is an authoritative, scholarly treatise that serves as a valuable reference for professionals and an introduction for students in security management and criminal justice programs regarding the legal and ethical standards that shape the industry.

    1. Historical Foundations of Private Security

    2. Regulation, Licensing, Education, and Training: The Path to Professionalism in the Security Industry

    3. The Law of Arrest, Search, and Seizure: Applications in the Private Sector

    4. Civil Liability of Security Personnel

    5. Criminal Culpability and the Private Security Industry

    6. Private Security Industry: the Collection, Preservation and Interpretation of Evidence

    7. Public and Private Law Enforcement: A Blueprint for Cooperation

    8. Selected Case Readings


    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.

    "[The book] is a big one, both in size and what it has to say. The author has significant experience as both a security practitioner and a scholar … presenting a viewpoint that is unbiased and comprehensive. I highly recommend this book for the classroom, the security practitioner seeking to know more about the law, and the lawyer representing a security provider as a client … a monumental work, deserving of space in the libraries of students, lawyers, and security professionals." Security Management, July 2018