This course describes many situations and tasks encountered by those working in the security industry. It also discusses appropriate procedures and techniques for many actions required to be taken by certified protection officers. This course is presented in two semesters.

Semester 1 describes several situations that may require intervention by certified protection officers including bomb threats, labor disputes, substance abuse, and workplace violence. It discusses potential security threats including bombs and other terrorist actions, environmental crimes, and presence of hazardous materials. It also defines procedures to foster effective communications, conduct risk assessments, and develop sound emergency response plans.

Semester 2 defines the extent and limits of a certified protection officer’s authority, including detention, apprehension, and use of force. It also discusses procedures for securing crime scenes, conducting interviews and performing other investigative actions, engaging in beneficial public relations, and establishing sound liaison with sworn law enforcement personnel.

1 Credit

Career Elective Certified Protection Officer 1
Career Elective Certified Protection Officer 2
Career Elective Certified Protection Officer 3

Semester 1

  • Explosive Devices, Bomb Threats, and Search Procedures
  • Fire Prevention, Detection, and Response
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Protection Officers/Emergency Response Procedures
  • Strikes, Lockouts, and Labor Relations
  • Workplace Violence
  • Employee Dishonesty and Crime in Business
  • Substance Abuse
  • Effective Communications
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Security Awareness
  • Environmental Crime Control Theory
  • Operational Risk
  • Emergency Planning and Disaster Control
  • Terrorism
  • Counter Terrorism and VIP Protection
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction: The NBC Threat
  • Certified Protection Officer 4: Semester 1 Test

Semester 2

  • Crime Scene Procedures
  • Surveillance
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Investigation Concepts and Practices
  • Investigation Concepts and Practices II
  • Legal Aspects of Security
  • Protection Officer Law (U.S.)
  • Use of Force
  • Defensive Tactics and Officer Safety
  • Apprehension and Detention Procedures
  • Public Relations
  • Police and Security Liaison
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Certified Protection Officer 4: Semester 1 Test
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