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Introduction to Private Security 5th Edition

Kären M. Hess

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 1996, 1992, 1988
  • 576 Pages


This long-awaited revision of INTRODUCTION TO PRIVATE SECURITY provides a highly accessible, comprehensive, and state-of-the-art overview of private security, its principles, its legal authority, its growing role in the criminal justice system, and its impact on society. Carefully updated with expanded coverage of important current issues such as IT security, terrorism, homeland security, and security management, this best-selling text has also been reorganized, streamlined, and redesigned with a more manageable, appealing, and flexible format. The popular, proven Hess pedagogical system and engaging writing style of previous editions remain intact, helping make even complex course material interesting and accessible for students and easy to teach for instructors.

Kären M. Hess, Normandale Community College, Minnesota

The late Kären Matison Hess, PhD, wrote extensively in law enforcement and criminal justice, gaining a respected reputation for the consistent pedagogical style around which she structured each textbook. She co-authored multiple editions of MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, JUVENILE JUSTICE, and INTRODUCTION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE in addition to CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM; much of her work and influence remains unchanged in this new edition.
  • Without sacrificing the depth, detail, and comprehensive coverage that have made the text a perennial best-seller, the fifth edition has been restructured and streamlined to create a more manageable, reader-friendly presentation consisting of just 16 chapters.
  • New, current examples have been added throughout the text to illustrate key concepts in a relevant way, and all references have been updated to reflect the latest trends, research, and publications.
  • The security industry has changed rapidly in recent years, and a new chapter on homeland security explores the dynamic security environment students will encounter as working professionals. The chapter covers a chronology of terrorism, classification of terrorist acts, preventing and responding to terrorist attacks, and the war on terrorism.
  • The new edition contains greatly expanded and updated coverage of IT Security, reflecting the increasing importance and rapid evolution of this critical focus area. Topics include IP video surveillance systems, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), mesh networks, net-centric security, benefits and risks of new technology, competitive intelligence, and lawsuits.
  • The text’s structure and contents reflect current issues important in the field and widespread trends in course schedules and curricula. For example, in addition to thorough coverage of modern technology, terrorism, and homeland security, the new edition features less emphasis on legal issues and expanded information on security management.
  • To engage students in active learning, the text features a highly structured learning system featuring chapter objectives, key terms, boxed/highlighted key concepts within chapters, and chapter summary, as well as plentiful figures, examples, and real-world applications.
  • Together, the popular, proven Hess pedagogical system and highly appealing writing style make the material interesting and accessible for students and effective for instructors.
1. The Evolution of Private Security.
2. The Profession.
3. The Public/Private Interface.
4. Legal and Ethical Considerations.
5. Risk Management—The Core of Private Security.
6. Enhancing Security through Physical Controls.
7. Enhancing Security through Procedural Controls.
8. Preventing Losses from Accidents and Emergencies.
9. Preventing Losses from Criminal Actions.
10. When Prevention Fails: Investigating, Reporting and Testifying.
11. Information Technology (IT) Security.
12. Drugs and Violence in the Workplace.
13. Homeland Security Responsibilities.
14. Securing the Infrastructure.
15. Institutional Security.
16. Commercial Security.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133334628
  • ISBN-13: 9781133334620
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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


eBank PowerPoint® Slides

ISBN: 9780495596608
Arthur Jones, Johnson & Wales University. A series of Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides created for this latest revision of the text.

Instructor's Resource Manual

ISBN: 9780495007715
Ron Zimmerman, Albany State University. Includes chapter objectives, suggested answers to discussion questions, ideas for media that can be used in class, and a test bank that includes approximately 20 true/false and multiple-choice questions per chapter.