The Security Handbook


  • Philip Purpura, CPP, Florence Darlington Technical College, Florence Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC, U.S.

The Security Handbook, Second Edition is a user-friendly guide for security officers and guards, covering everything from introductory information to advanced topics. Whether looking for entry into the profession or development within the security industry, this book offers the practical information, training, and need-to-know techniques for the realization of professional goals. The Second Edition emphasizes the proper skills required to improve job performance -- customer service, security methods, patrolling, communicating, and report writing. Chapters cover such important topics as arrest law and procedure (including legal liability), self-defense and weapons, a new section on career planning, violence in the workplace, internal theft, burglary, robbery, terrorism, cybercrime, and first response during emergencies. Countermeasures to a variety of threats are explained throughout the book.Experienced security officers, supervisors, and managers will also find the book useful in outlining the changing roles and responsibilities of the protection officer and for helping train their front line staff.
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Written for security and law enforcement students at colleges, universities, and career institutes. An excellent reference for security officers and guards and professionals studying for the C.P.O. and C.P.P. certification exams.


Book information

  • Published: November 2002
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7438-6


This book addresses the issue of providing professional training to security officers and supervisor who seek a career in security. A user-friendly text, it is fuller with checklists covering topics such as how to improve job performance and prepare for a job interview. The book is ideally suited to serve as a supplemental reference for in-house training programs. – Security Management

Table of Contents

IntroductionCh. 1 Historical Development of SecurityCh. 2 The Business and Functions of SecurityCh. 3 Public RelationsCh. 4 Crime PreventionCh. 5 Post Assignments and Security PatrolsCh. 6 Report WritingCh. 7 Criminal and Civil LawCh. 8 Arrest Law and ProceduresCh. 9 Self-Defense and WeaponsCh. 10 Combatting Retail CrimeCh. 11 Safety and Fire ProtectionCh. 12 Medical EmergenciesCh. 13 Special ProblemsCh. 14 Career Planning