Private Security and Public Safety

Private Security and Public Safety : A Community-Based Approach

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For courses in introduction to security. This text provides an overview of the functions of the private security industry, focusing on the industry's expanding role in the delivery of community law enforcement. The text examines recent innovations and strategies employed by the private security industry and discusses how the industry may be better equipped to deal effectively with crime than traditional public law enforcement agencies.show more

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  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 180 x 236 x 20mm | 621.43g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0131123742
  • 9780131123748

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"Private Security and Public Safety: A Community-Based Approach" is the future of prevention and protection. Few things grow as constantly and predictably as criers in American society. The level of crime and its corresponding rising costs negatively impact a great number of aspects of daily living. "Private Security and Public Safety: A Community-Based Approach" offers many solutions to these specific concerns and presents how the private security industry can intervene and save distressed communities. "Private Security and Public Safety: A Community-Based Approach" looks at the roots of public safety in the private and public sector and lays the foundation for private security in the future. Highlights include: A philosophical and functional review of the security industry: including the contrast between the public and private ideology of public safety.A discussion of the trends and reemergence of the private model in the 21st century.Discussions on the role and function of the Community Protection Officer - that private counterpart to the police beat patrol.A strong argument ensuring private security is able to aggressively alter neighborhoods to make them less user-friendly far the criminal.Suggestions for effective collaboration of public and private entities struggling to control crime in a neighborhood setting.show more

About Charles P. Nemeth

Charles P. Nemeth, Professor of Professional Studies and Director of Graduate Criminal Justice/ Legal Studies for California University of Pennsylvania, has spent the vast majority of his professional life in the study and practice of law and justice. A recognized expert on ethics and the legal system, appellate legal practice and private-sector justice, he also is a prolific writer, having published numerous texts and articles on law and justice throughout his impressive career. His most recent work includes three titles: Criminal Law (Prentice Hall, 2003), Law & Evidence: A Primer for Criminal Justice, Criminology, Law, and Legal Studies (Prentice Hall, 2001) and Aquinas in the Courtroom (Greenwood and Praeger Publishing, 2001). Dr. Nemeth is a recognized scholar in the world of private security. His Private Security and the Law, third edition (Butterworth/Elsevier 2005) is regarded as a treatise on the subject. In addition, his Private Security and Investigative Process (Butterworth/Elsevier 1999) is deemed required reading for security practitioners. An educator for more than 30 years, Nemeth's distinctive career in criminal justice is founded on an exemplary education, including a Master of Laws from George Washington University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Duquesne University. In addition, he was awarded a M.S. from Niagara University and received an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware. He holds memberships in the New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania Bars. At California University, Dr. Nemeth directs the University's graduate program in Criminal justice, implemented a new Master's degree in Legal Studies and is developing additional academic programs at CAL-Pittsburgh as Director of Program Development. His previous academic appointments include Niagara University (1977-1980), the University of Baltimore (1980-1981), Glassboro State College (1981-1986), Waynesburg College (1988-1998), and the State University of New York at Brockport (1998-2003). He is a much sought-after legal consultant for security companies and a recognized scholar on issues involving law and morality. K.C. Poulin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Critical Intervention Services (CIS) and has over 20 years experience in the fields of law enforcement, security management, and executive protection. Mr. Poulin specializes in the fields of crime in urban communities, critical incident management, terrorism counteraction, juvenile violence and prevention, executive protection, and workplace violence. He and his team of practitioners developed the premises for this book through the everyday activities and efforts of Critical Intervention Services. The concept called Community and Character Based Protection Initiative (CCBPI) was created by Mr. Poulin and has received worldwide recognition for its effective results in turning around high-crime communities. Mr. Poulin has received certifications as a Certified Protection Specialist (CPS) through Executive Security International and Certified Protection Officer Instructor (CPOI) through the International Foundation for Protection Officers and is certified in Homeland Security, Level-III by the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security. Mr. Poulin often testifies as an expert witness in liability cases that require his expertise in terms of inadequate security and premise liability for the limitation of protective operations. He has lectured on a number of occasions to the Florida Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates and other industry organizations and also serves as a frequent consultant for the news media and has appeared as a subject expert in over 300 television and radio news interviews.show more

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Conclusion.) Preface. Acknowledgments. About the Authors. 1. History and the Private/Public Distinction. I. The Setting. II. The Historical Underpinnings of Private Security and Public Police. A. The Classical Idea of Public Safety. B. Feudalism and the Protection of Person and Property. C. The Watch and Ward. D. Urbanization and the Changing Security Perspective. III. The American Experiment with Policing and Public Safety. A. The Influence of Allan Pinkerton. B. Western Expansionism and the Culture of Public Safety. C. The Influence of J. Edgar Hoover. IV. The American Paradigm of Public Safety: History and Change. 2. Privatization, the Private Sector, and the Public Safety Paradigm. I. The Security Industry: Growth and Privatization. II. Functions of the Security Industry. A. Unarmed Officers. B. Alarm Companies. C. Private Investigators. D. Campus Law Enforcement and Educational Institutions. E. Retail/Industrial. 3. Community and Policing: Public and Private Perspectives. I. Introduction. II. The Promise of Community-Based Policing. III. Community-Based Policing and the Culture of Public Law Enforcement. A. Public Police Professionalism and the Resistance to Community Policing. B. The Efficacy of Professional Public Policing. C. The Incompatibility of Public Police and Community-Based Policing Initiatives. IV. The Compatibility of the Private Sector in Community Protection: The New Paradigm. 4. Private Sector Community Profile and Threat Assessment. I. General Perceptions of Community Life. A. Community Structure: Organized/Disorganized Environments. B. The High-Crime Community: Challenges and Opportunity for Change. II. The Community Profile. A. State of Public Police/Community Relations. B. Level of Juvenile Delinquency and Gang Activity. C. Business Climate and Economic Conditions. D. Private Security Professional Perceptions. III. Threat Assessment. A. Preincident Indicators: A Tool for Threat Assessment.5. Private Sector Officers in the Community: Community-Based Integration Tactics. I. Introduction. II. Community-Based Integration Programs (CBIP). A. Integration versus Observation. B. Personnel and the CBIP. C. Training for Community Integration. D. Fundamental Skills in the Community Protection Officer. III. A System's Approach to Community Integration. A. Reclamation of the Community Environment. B. Networking. C. Anchoring. IV. Program Evaluation: The State of the Community. 6. Private Sector Community-Based Communication Tactics. I. Communication Policy and Tactics for Private Sector Officers. A. Notice and Purpose. B. Officer Demeanor and Attitude. C. Avoidance of Responsibility. D. Arrogance and Interaction. E. Failure to Listen. II. Public Police and Private Security Communication. III. Private Sector Communication and the Media. 7. Private Sector Community-Based Psychological Tactics. I. Introduction. II. Shock Tactics in Community-Based Methodologies. A. First-Contact Protocols.III. High-Shock Strategies in High-Crime Communities. IV. Low-Intensity Shock Strategies. V. Psychological Operations (PsyOps) as Shock Tactics. A. Visual Imagery. B. Letters, Surveys, and Communiquis. C. Visual Intimidation. D. Strategic Deception. E. Media Coverage as Psychological Warfare. F. Night Vision Tactics. G. Pay Telephones. H. Rewards. 8. Private Sector Community-Based Physical Factors. I. Physical Security and Environment. A. Crime and Environmental Design. B. The Mall as an Environment. II. Physical Security and Risk. A. Image and the Risk Plan. B. Technology and the Physical Environment. C. Schools as Experiments in Physical Security. 9. The Future of Public Safety: Preparing for the Challenges. I. Advantages of the Private Sector in Community-Based Efforts. II. A Case of Art over Science in the Delivery of Protective Services. III. The Rise of Public/Private Partnerships in the Justice Model. IV. The Rise of Regulations, Standards, and Accreditation. V. The Private Sector Solution. Appendix: Environmental Threat Assessment & Residential Property Security Survey. Index.show more

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