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Title: Security Education - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Journal: Journal of Security Administration  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:(1981)  Pages:51-61
Author(s): R J Fischer
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on the report of the National Task Force on Private Security and surveys of existing programs, students, and business security personnel, this paper assesses the major needs and interests in education for private security personnel.
Abstract: Recommendations from the National Task Force on Private Security include the following: (1) a multidisciplinary and scholarly approach should be the core concept for the development of degree programs in private security; (2) manpower, training, and educational requirements for private security personnel, both present and future, should be assessed, in order to develop and plan academic programs; and (3) knowledge about the private security field is sufficient to support realistic and meaningful 2-year, 4-year, and graduate-level college and university programs. According to the 1976 Task Force Report, there were 6 certificate programs, 22 associate programs, and 49 junior or community colleges offering at least 1 security course. Only four bachelor of science programs were found. Criteria are suggested for establishing baccalaureate and graduate programs. A survey of students in introductory law enforcement, security, and business classes showed substantial interest in a security major, and a survey of business heads of security showed that 68 percent would be willing to hire a person with a bachelors degree in security. While certification and degree programs can and should be developed, those who develop such programs should obtain input from practitioners. Practitioners who help establish and review such programs become valuable markets for graduates. Colleges and universities with baccalaureate and graduate degrees in security are listed; four references are cited.
Index Term(s): Business security; Degree programs; Higher education; Private police; Surveys
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