The Effective Security Officer's Training Manual

3rd Edition

Authors: Ralph Brislin
Paperback ISBN: 9780128000038
eBook ISBN: 9780128001929
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 11th April 2014
Page Count: 336
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The Effective Security Officer's Training Manual, Third Edition teaches today’s security officers the most important aspects of performing the job of a security officer professionally and effectively. Training is the most important element in becoming a professional security officer, but it is also often overlooked or underutilized. This straightforward, easy-to-follow, and well-organized text covers the essentials that security officers need as they face issues of growing technology and an emphasis on proactiveness and vigilance. The Effective Security Officer's Training Manual, Third Edition also covers many topics of current concern such as sexual harassment, crowd control, cultural diversity, persons with special needs, new technologies, and much more. With discussion questions at the end of every chapter and a full ancillary package accompanying the text, this manual is a comprehensive tool for developing a career as a successful and trusted professional security officer.

Key Features

  • Meets ASIS International’s guidelines for Private Security Officer Selection and Training
  • Addresses the latest technological advancements that impact how today’s security officers do their jobs
  • Discusses the increased role security officers have in observing and reporting suspicious activities and events
  • Includes end-of-chapter discussion questions to enhance understanding


Security officer trainers, in-house and contract security officers, college students in introductory security courses

Table of Contents


  • Dedication
  • Chapter 1. Introduction to Security

    • What is private security?
    • Development of private security in the United States
    • Security development and the future
    • September 11, 2001
    • New guidelines from ASIS
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2. Security Personnel

    • Standard 2.1 Training in private security
    • Standard 2.2 Professional certification programs
    • Standard 2.3 Job descriptions
    • Standard 2.4 Training related to job functions
    • Standard 2.5 Preassignment and basic training
    • Standard 2.6 Arms training
    • Standard 2.7 Ongoing training
    • Standard 2.8 Training of supervisors and managers
    • Standard 2.9 State authority and responsibility for training
    • Standard 2.10 State boards to coordinate training efforts
    • Hallcrest I
    • Hallcrest II
    • Number of employees
    • Some security guard companies are growing
    • ASIS International Private Security Officer Selection and Training Guideline
    • Recruitment of security officers
    • Training
    • Job description and performance evaluation
    • Security personnel
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3. Company Policies and Procedures

    • Important note for company-specific and site-specific procedures
    • Site-specific training and site orientation
    • Other post duties
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Ethics

    • What is ethics?
    • Ethical violations or cardinal sins of security officers
    • Reporting of ethical violations
    • Summary
    • Case study #1
    • Case study #2
    • Ethics questions
  • Chapter 5. Professionalism

    • Observe and report
    • Reduce improper behavior
    • Create peace of mind
    • Complement and sup


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About the Author

Ralph Brislin

Ralph Brislin CPP, is an experienced security professional consultant focused on corporate physical security, and is the owner of the security services company S&E Enterprises as well as Sr. Vice President for RiskWatch. He received his B.S. in Law Enforcement from eastern Kentucky University and his Masters degree in Public Affairs and Criminal Justice from Indiana University at Fort Wayne.

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"Without a doubt, security personnel would benefit from the knowledge contained therein." --ASIS Dynamics

"The third edition of The Effective Security Officer’s Training Manual is incredibly thorough. Virtually every subject that a security officer should be aware of has been addressed. I highly recommend this publication to every security officer who wants a clear explanation of the tools, skills, and resources essential to their everyday success; and to all security supervisors and managers involved in training security personnel." --Geoff Craighead, CPP, author of High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety, and vice president, Universal Protection Service