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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 315
Course Title: Private Security and Loss Prevention
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

A comprehensive survey of the Private Security field, including history, organizational and industry structure, strategy and tactics, legal and ethical Issues, and employment possibilities. Prerequisite: ENGL 111.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ENGL 111

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Even Fall

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Introduction to Security
By Fischer (Elsevier)
Introduction to Security: Operations and Management
By Ortmeier, P.J. (Pearson Education)
Private Security Today
By Smith, Schmalleger and Siegel (Pearson)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the history and evolution of the private security profession.
  2. Compare and contrast the private security field to that of public sector law enforcement.
  3. Identify the structure of private security functions in multiple industries and firms.
  4. Explain the terminology, strategies, tactics and methods utilized by private security practitioners.
  5. Identify and analyze court decisions that impact private security enforcement activities.
  6. Describe unique security and loss prevention issues pertinent to certain industries, geographic locations, and political subdivisions.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:

Topical Outline:
I. Introduction to Security and Loss Prevention
II. History of Security and Loss Prevention
III. The Business of Security and Loss Prevention
IV. Foundations of Security and Loss Prevention Law
V. Strategies and Tactics of Security and Loss Prevention Officers
VI. Risk Management and Insurance
VII. Internal Security Threats and Countermeasures
VIII. External Security Threats and Countermeasures
IX. Fires and other Disasters
X. Security and Loss Prevention Issues unique to certain Industries and Areas
XI. Case studies on pertinent security and loss prevention Topics
XII. The Job Market in Security and Loss Prevention


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: December 6, 2017
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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