Security Investigations - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750671477, 9780080516875

Security Investigations

1st Edition

A Professional's Guide

Authors: Larry Gene Nicholson
eBook ISBN: 9780080516875
Paperback ISBN: 9780750671477
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 7th January 2000
Page Count: 248
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Security Investigations is a comprehensive book that covers the full spectrum of investigative issues. It contains practical self-evaluation exercises that can be applied in both a formal or informal training environment. Corporate security supervisors will find it helpful in establishing policies and procedures for conducting investigations. It is a guide also for those responsible for the security function without prior experience. ie. Director of Human Resources. Forms in the book will assist an organization in standardizing the means to conduct investigations as well as reporting the outcome in a way that ensures that nothing was missed during the investigation. The real worth of an investigator is their ability to adapt to ever changing circumstances. This text gives the investigator a quick reference manual that can be used to: develop the investigation plan, take effective and accurate field notes, conduct an interview, perform surveillance and finally write the report, all within the legal guidelines outlined in the book. As an additional bonus to the reader, the book will include information on how to select and use the proper surveillance equipment.

Key Features

  • Gives the reader the opportunity to practice their skills in answering questions based on real-world type investigations
  • Offers self-evaluation exercises
  • Covers the full spectrum of investigative issues


Security Professionals, Private Investigators/Students in private investigations

Table of Contents

The Successful Investigator
Report Writing
The Interviewing Process
Sources of Information
Basic Surveillance Techniques
Basic Photography and Video Techniques
Specialized Investigations
Workplace Investigations
Legal Issues
Technological Advances
Appendix A: Learning Practical Answers
Appendix B: Related Forms


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About the Author

Larry Gene Nicholson

Affiliations and Expertise

Graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session # 176) and holds his Ph.D. in Police Administration. He has held numerous executive law enforcement positions to include Bureau Chief, New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and Special Agent in Charge of Standards and Evaluation, US Department of Energy. Currently teaches law enforcement management programs for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and conducts Vulnerability Assessments worldwide for Sandia National Laboratories. Author of Instructor Development Training and Executive Protection Specialist Handbook as well as numerous professional articles.


"This is a good primer that will guide prospective investigators to a mastery of their profession." --Security Managment

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