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Private Security and Public Safety: A Community-Based Approach Paperback – July 19, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0131123748 ISBN-10: 0131123742 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (July 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131123742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131123748
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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.

About the Author

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.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susanna on July 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am an adjunct instructor in criminal justice, teaching an Intro to Security class. This book covers some areas of security well - for example, the history of keeping order in society that led to modern policing and security. However, I found the book to be very critical of public law enforcement, unnecessarily so, and the authors explicitly state that "the central thesis of this text is the need for the paradigm shift - from public to private in the matter of community based policing" (pg. 311), in other words, that private firms should be hired to do neighborhood and community policing. As a major percentage of the book describes the methods and effectiveness of Critical Intervention Services, the for-profit company run by one of the authors, K.C. Poulin, I find it disingenuous that this is being sold as a textbook. To make room for the argument and the information on CIS, the book leaves out many ideas and theories pertaining to private security that are prominent in the literature - such as situational crime prevention and architectural approaches to designing spaces that are more readily protected. I am not finding it appropriate for an introductory survey course in security. I will not be using it again.
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This book examines the concept of private security companies providing community-oriented crime prevention on a contract basis. Borrowing heavily from the experience of security practitioners, it is rich in detail, well thought-out, and comprehensive--a close look at a bold new way to protect neighborhoods with a high risk of crime... ...All told, this book ably describes an important experiment in private sector community policing, but it certainly would have served the security industry better had it explored competing ideas as well.

--Security Management Magazine Review by Ross Johnson, CPP
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By MET180 on January 10, 2011
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I'm glad that I got this used would hate to pay full price for this advertisment for CIS. Book is very critical of the police funy for such a company to relie on the police for them to be so harsh on them. Again not worh full price.
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By K. Moser M.S. on September 2, 2014
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Worthless. It's great if you want to read an infomercial rather than an academic textbook.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By star on September 16, 2011
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The textbook received was in poor condition. It was listed as good. Book split in half after having it for several weeks. It was shipped in a timely manner.
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