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The Complete Guide for CPP Examination Preparation

2nd Edition

By Anthony V. DiSalvatore (CPP, PSP & PCI)

Auerbach Publications

623 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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Originally written by a team of Certified Protection Professionals (CPPs), Anthony DiSalvatore gives valuable updates to The Complete Guide for CPP Examination Preparation. This new editioncontains an overview of the fundamental concepts and practices of security management while offering important insights into the CPP exam.

Until recently the security profession was regarded as a "necessary evil." This book is a comprehensive guide to a profession that is now considered critical to our well-being in the wake of 9/11. It presents a practical approach drawn from decades of combined experience shared by the authors, prepares the reader for the CPP exam, and walks them through the certification process.

This edition gives revised and updated treatment of every subject in the CPP exam, encourages and outlines a three-part program for you to follow, and includes sample questions at the end of each area of study. Although these are not questions that appear on the actual exam, they convey the principles and concepts that the exam emphasizes and are valuable in determining if you have mastered the information. The book also includes a security survey that covers all facets of external and internal security, as well as fire prevention. The Complete Guide for CPP Examination Preparation, Second Edition allows you to move steadily forward along your path to achieving one of the most highly regarded certifications in the security industry.

Table of Contents





Why Should I Take the Certified Protection Professional Exam?

Exam Requirements

Preparing to Take the Exam

Helpful Hints

The Test and Additional Study Materials

Security Management


Useful Definitions

Management Theories

Selection of Outside Services

Financial Responsibilities

Disciplinary Procedures

Delegation of Responsibility and Authority

Media Relations

Training of Personnel

Arming of Personnel

Concluding Thoughts



Constitutional and Legal Restraints on Sources of Information


Law Enforcement and Professional Investigators

Methods of Investigation

Interviews and Interrogations

Nonverbal and Verbal Responses

Surveillance Methods

Results and Reports

Types of Investigations

Protection of Sensitive Information

What Constitutes Sensitive Information

Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Controlled Substances Act (Title II, Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 [Public Law 91-5131])






Miscellaneous Points


Physical Security

Security Functions

Security versus Risk

Security Survey

Matrix or Grid Technique

Levels of Physical Security

Physical Security Defenses

Access Control Systems

Smart-Card Integration

Clear Zone


Inner Barriers

Intrusion Alarm Systems

Alarm Monitoring Systems

Fire Alarm Systems

Classification of Fires

Personnel Security

Purpose and Functions

Employee Screening

Personnel Investigations

Applicant Investigation

Miscellaneous Matters

Emergency Planning



Developing the Plan

Corporate Recovery Functions

Long-Term Recovery

Preparing for Recovery

Guard Force Management

Setting Up a Proprietary Guard Force

Other Considerations

Scheduling of Manpower

Contracting with an Outside Guard Agency

Negotiating with the Contract Company

Blending In-House and Contract Services

Need for Effective Communications in Security

Interfacing with the Security Contractor

Disciplinary Procedures


Legal Aspects as They Relate to the Security Field

Basic Concepts of Criminal Law

Basic Elements of a Crime

Defenses That Often Excuse Criminal Responsibility

Laws Regarding Arrest

Searches and Seizures with a Warrant

Searches and Seizures without a Warrant

Confessions and Admissions

Pretrial Identification Procedures

Special Legal Aspects of Private Security

Legal Liabilities of Private Security Personnel

Selected Criminal Violations Significant to the Security Function

Bill of Rights—Pertinent Points and Concepts


Changing Role of the Security Professional

Security Professional as a Business Person

Interfacing with Law Enforcement

Trends in Security and Law Enforcement

Building Rapport with Law Enforcement



Appendix A: Sample Test Questions

Appendix B: Security Survey

Appendix C: Physical Security and Legal Glossary of Terms

About the Author

Anthony V. DiSalvatore has over 30 years of experience in security. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law justice from Glassboro State College, master’s degrees in education and administration from Seton Hall University, and a master’s in criminal justice from Rutgers University. He has been recognized for performing integral roles during hurricanes Frances and Wilma in South Florida, hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, and the largest power outage in U.S. history in New York City. DiSalvatore is a member of ASIS International and the Gaming and Wagering Protection Council. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Physical Security Professional (PSP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD).

James P. Muuss has 37 years of experience in security, investigation, and law enforcement. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS) and has published numerous articles on security and investigative subjects. He has been a member of ASIS International for 23 years and has served as CPP liaison for its Phoenix chapter for seven years. He won the first Security Professional of the Year award for the state of Arizona, and in 2001 received the first CPP of the Year award from ASIS national headquarters.

David Rabern has been a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) for over 30 years. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS), and licensed private investigator. He has written numerous articles and has appeared on radio and television talk shows. Thirty-nine years ago he founded International Counterintelligence Services, a full-service investigative agency, in Arizona. For the past eight years Rabern has been CPP training liaison for ASIS’s Phoenix chapter. For his dedication to the CPP program, he was awarded the Region IV Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2001 from ASIS national headquarters.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management
COMPUTERS / Certification Guides / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology