Private security as an essential component of homeland security

dc.contributor.advisorRasmussen, Maria
dc.contributor.authorHetherington, Christopher John
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of National Security Affairs
dc.contributor.secondreaderPelfrey, William V.
dc.dateJune 2004
dc.descriptionCHDS State/Localen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis argues that first preventers are not limited to law enforcement and/or intelligence personnel. Private security officers are our true first preventers because they control access to the myriad of facilities we enter and exit every day. They are the individuals with their boots on the ground in our efforts to recognize abnormal or unusual activity. Based on the observation by President George W. Bush in the National Strategy for Homeland Security that 85% of the nation's critical infrastructure is owned by private agencies and organizations, one conclusion is incontrovertible: No one is in a better position to be a first preventer than the private security officer in America. In New York State, a professionally trained and licensed security officer's primary directive is defined as detecting, deterring and reporting on conditions which might harm life or property. It is incumbent upon government public security officials, and private security executives themselves, to cultivate and exploit this undervalued segment of our efforts to combat terrorism on a national basis. In order to do so, and to assure the public of the competency of the private security workforce, it is imperative that private security officers be mandated to meet minimum standards. Therefore, this thesis makes the argument that advocating nationwide, state controlled licensing and training of private security officers is essential to the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security to employ 'First Responder' and 'First Preventer' strategies in the war on terrorism.en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
dc.description.serviceCivilian, Chief of Staff, New York City Police Pension Funden_US
dc.format.extentxiv, 61 p.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.subject.authorNew York Stateen_US
dc.subject.authorFirst preventersen_US
dc.subject.authorSecurity officeren_US
dc.subject.authorLaw enforcementen_US
dc.subject.authorPrivate security officersen_US
dc.subject.authorFirst respondersen_US
dc.subject.lcshPolice, Privateen_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshPrivate security servicesen_US
dc.subject.lcshNational securityen_US
dc.titlePrivate security as an essential component of homeland securityen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
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