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Introduction To Security

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This course is an introduction to contemporary security practices and programs. Students will study the origins of private security, its impact on our criminal justice system, and the roles of security personnel. Students will also examine the growth and privatization of the security industry, and study the elements of physical security including surveillance and alarm systems. The course will cover legal and liability issues, which determine the extent of private security authority as well as its limitations. This course will also focus on the current and future integration of private security services in law enforcement agencies.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9 weeks

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    Integration and Target Environments

    • Compare and contrast security considerations for different environments.
    • Assess security in specific settings.
    • Discuss the implications of security component integration.

    Private Security and Law Enforcement

    • Explain the role of public relations and professionalism in the security industry.
    • Compare and contrast private and public space.
    • Examine the relationship between private and public police.

    Legal and liability issues

    • Distinquish between criminal, civil, and administrative law.
    • Describe the range and limitations of criminal procedure for the security professional.
    • Explain tort law.
    • Discuss the role of personnel in emergency response plans.

    Personnel and Security Management

    • Describe the responsibilities of security managers.
    • Evaluate safe working conditions.
    • Explain the role of policies and procedures in security management.

    Security as a system and an objective

    • Identify types of risk management options.
    • Identify the five components of the overall security objective.

    History of Private Security

    • Explain the development of laws to protect citizenry.
    • Recognize the impact of Allan Pinkerton.
    • Describe the overlap between public and private security.

    Security Basics

    • Recognize security as an ongoing process.
    • Differentiate between threats and risk.
    • Recognize vulnerability gaps.
    • Propose countermeasures for specific threats.

    Physical Security

    • Describe the three models of physical security
    • Assess the effectiveness of physical security features in a target environment.
    • Discuss the use of technology in physical security.

    The Security Plan

    • Prepare an integrated security plan for a specific target environment.
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