The Professional Protection Officer

The Professional Protection Officer

Practical Security Strategies and Emerging Trends

2nd Edition - November 29, 2019

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  • Editors: Sandi Davies, Lawrence Fennelly
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128177488
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128177495

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Eight previous iterations of this text have proven to be highly regarded and considered the definitive training guide and instructional text for first-line security officers in both the private and public sectors. The material included in the newest version covers all the subjects essential to the training of protection officers. This valuable resource and its predecessors have been utilized worldwide by the International Foundation for Protection Officers since 1988, as the core curriculum for the Certified Protection Officer (CPO) Program. The Professional Protection Officer: Practical Security Strategies and Emerging Trends provides critical updates and fresh guidance, as well as diagrams and illustrations; all have been tailored to the training and certification needs of today’s protection professionals.

Key Features

  • Offers trainers and trainees all new learning aids designed to reflect the most current information and to support and reinforce professional development
  • Written by a cross-disciplinary contributor team consisting of top experts in their respective fields


Security Management students, Physical Security Managers, Supervisors, Executives

Table of Contents

  • PART 1: Foundations

    1. Concepts and Theories of Asset Protection

    2. Role of the Professional Protection Officer

    3. The Security Officer of the 21st Century

    4. Time and Stress Management

    Appendix 4A - Critical Incident Stress

    5. 100 Things Protection Officers Need to Know

    PART II: Practical and Operational Applications

    6. Occupational Health, Industrial Hazards, Vulnerability Assessment, and Self-Assessment

    7. Legal Aspects of Security

    8. Patrol Principles

    Appendix 8A - Four Critical Points

    9. The Importance of CPR/AED and First Aid Training for Security Officers

    10. Officer Safety and Use of Force

    11. Active Assailant Preparedness: Beyond Active Shooter Response

    Appendix 11A - A Look at Solutions to Active Shooters

    Appendix 11B - Saving a Life, It's in Your Hands

    12. Apprehension and Detention Procedures

    13. Traffic Control

    14. Fire Prevention, Detection, and Response

    15. Access Control

    16. Contraband Detection Technology

    Appendix 16A - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) Usage in the 21st Century

    17. Effective Communications

    18. Crime and Incident Scene Procedures

    19. Foundations for Surveillance

    20. Report Writing and Field Notes

    21. Crisis Intervention

    Appendix 21A - Mental Illness Takes Many Forms

    22. Substance Abuse

    23. Investigation: Concepts and Practices for Security Professionals

    Appendix 23A - ASIS International: Investigator Certification

    24. Interviewing and Statements

    25. Crowd Management and Special Event Planning

    26. Strikes, Lockouts, and Labor Relations

    27. Workplace Crime and Deviance

    28. Espionage—A Primer

    29. Terrorism: What Protection Officers Need to Know

    30. Bomb Threats and the Case Against Immediate Evacuation

    31. An All-Hazards Approach to Hazardous Materials

    32. What is Risk?

    Appendix 32A - What Is Risk Management?

    33. Emergency Planning

    34. Security Awareness

    35. Building a Sustainable Culture of Security

    36. The Protection Officer's Role in Critical Information Infrastructure Protection

    37. Physical Security Concepts and Applications

    38. Alarm System Fundamentals

    39. VIP Security

    40. Information Security and Counterintelligence

    41. Cybersecurity for Professional Security Officers

    PART III: Advancing your Security Career

    42. Ethics and Professionalism

    43. Networking

    44. The Protection Officer as a Leader

    45. Career Planning

    Epilogue - Training Topics From ASIS Guideline PSO-2019


Product details

  • No. of pages: 546
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2019
  • Published: November 29, 2019
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128177488
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128177495

About the Editors

Sandi Davies

Sandi J Davies has served as the Executive Director of the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) for more than 25 years. She is the former Chairperson of the Security Services Council for ASIS International, and is currently a member of the Security Services Council and the Women In Security Council of ASIS International. Sandi has edited eight editions of The Professional Protection Officer, as well as all four editions of Security Supervision: Theory and Practice of Asset Protection.

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive Director, International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO)

Lawrence Fennelly

Lawrence J. Fennelly is an internationally recognized authority on crime prevention, security planning and analysis, and on the study of how environmental factors (CPTED), physical hardware, alarms, lighting, site design, management practices, litigation consultants, security policies and procedures, and guard management contribute to criminal victimization.

Mr. Fennelly was previously employed with Apollo Security, Computershare, Inc., as well as a sergeant at Harvard College, employed by the Harvard University Police Department in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was trained as a crime prevention specialist and served in this capacity for over 21 years at Harvard. He was also the department’s training officer and assistant court officer. As part of his role as an officer at Harvard, Larry also was a deputy sheriff in both Suffolk and Middlesex counties (Massachusetts). Mr. Fennelly is a frequent speaker and lecturer on CPTED, physical security, school crime, and other issues. He serves as an expert witness who works closely with attorneys in defense as well as plaintiff cases, assisting in case preparation, offering knowledgeable questions to ask the opposing side, etc. He has also done a considerable amount of consultant work throughout the United States. His experience ranges from identifying vulnerabilities to conducting security and lighting surveys, working with architects to design and implement security, and developing long range guard training programs and risk assessments of various facilities. He is also a prolific author. His titles include such well-known security books as "Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design," "Effective Physical Security," and "Handbook of Loss Prevention and Crime Prevention."

Affiliations and Expertise

Expert witness and consultant in security, Litigation Consultants Inc., Massachusetts, USA

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