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Private Security and the Investigative Process - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780750690874, 9780080573588

Private Security and the Investigative Process

2nd Edition

Author: Charles Nemeth
Paperback ISBN: 9780750690874
eBook ISBN: 9780080573588
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 12th August 1999
Page Count: 376
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Practical yet authoritative, Private Security and the Investigative Process, Second Edition, is an important reference tool for private investigators and security professionals. Both students and seasoned security practitioners alike will benefit from the resources, ideas, and suggestions for tactics and security strategy contained within this book. Charles P. Nemeth expertly blends practice with theory to show students how to be professional when confronted with the rigors of the real world, in both the public and private sectors. Private Security and the Investigative Process, is ideally suited for private security organizations, criminal justice libraries, corporate security personnel, and law enforcement personnel.

The concepts are effectively presented with numerous forms, checklists and valuable guides that will help illustrate the investigative process both in the public and private sector.

Key Features

  • A comprehensive, authoritative resource for the industry, its practitioners, and those seeking a career in the private-security industry
  • Provides insight into the fundamental competency skills necessary to function as an investigator
  • Contains numerous forms, checklists, for useful and practical reference


Undergraduate criminal justice and security students and private investigation professionals

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Private Security Industry and the Investigative Process
General Characteristics of a Competent Investigator
Initial Interview and Case Evaluation
Collection of Information
Collection of Evidence and Preservation of the Scene
Surveillance Techniques
Report Writing; Investigative Method and Technique
Theft/Property Offenses
Investigative Method and Technique
Insurance Cases
Investigative Method and Technique
Background Investigations
The Security Office
Administrative Issues


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About the Author

Charles Nemeth

Charles Nemeth, JD, Ph.D., LL.M. is currently a professor and the Chair of the Security, Fire and Emergency Management Department at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY. He is a widely published author with over 30 titles to his credit and is a regular consultant to security companies. He holds a JD from the University of Baltimore and a post doctoral degree in Law, Psychiatry and Criminology, the LL.M., from the National Law Center of George Washington University. Dr. Nemeth is a recognized expert in private sector justice, ethical issues in law and legal analysis and appellate practice, and also holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Duquesne University. For more than two decades, he has practiced law in both the civil and criminal arena, specializing in personal injury and criminal litigation, and has been active in the North Carolina, New York and Pennsylvania Bars. He regularly consults with collegiate institutions and private sector justice entities.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair and Professor Security, Fire and Emergency Management John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY


Security professionals in the field of investigative services need to wear many hats to be successful. This book is a fine start toward that end, as author Charles P. Nemeth presents a general picture of what a private investigator should learn, from personal abilities to office management. Especially worthwhile is the chapter on information collection, which would interest the novice and veteran investigator alike. As a primer for initiates into the world of investigation, the book is a success: it is clearly written, easily understood, and complete. - Security Management, July 2000

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