In the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the corporate security landscape has changed in many ways not yet fully quantified. In response to emerging security challenges, the Police Policy Studies Council, Inc. formed its "Security Training & Consulting Division” (STAC) in 2004.
Our wide range of staff expertise and our core commitment to excellence defines who we are as a company. Our staff includes an eclectic mix of security, police and military trainers, medical doctors, psychologists, policy analysts, risk management specialists, and many forensic specialists.
Underscoring the importance of our services, a recent U.S. Government report¹ highlighted the fact that many critical U.S. infrastructure assets are being protected by up to 50,000 security personnel - an estimated 87% of whom are in the private sector.
Currently, the USA Patriot Act of 2001(P.L. 107-56) defines "critical infrastructure" as:
...systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters (Sec. 1016e).
Through the use of Bureau of Labor Statistics data (2002), the Federal Government estimates that approximately 122,000 (28%) of staff officers (excluding airport screeners) work in industries corresponding to the Federal (NSPP) guidelines pertinent to critical infrastructure sectors.
However, merely increasing the number of personnel assigned to critical infrastructure security may not (in itself) be the answer. Government analysis has suggested several reasons why increasing the number of officers at a given facility might not make it more secure, or might even make it less secure.
- Officers can only meet "guardable" threats, such as physical intrusion or surveillance by potential terrorists. Any number of officers could not be expected to prevent attack by a commandeered airliner, or a remote cyber-attack on facility safety systems.
- If the nature of a terrorist attack is potentially "guardable," but officers are not trained to recognize it, additional officers may be no more likely to respond to it effectively than fewer officers.
- If an increase in the number of officers at a facility is accomplished by making the existing force work more hours, the officers may become fatigued, disgruntled, and, consequently, less effective.
- Increasing the size of a security force may lead to confusion about individual responsibility and reporting relationships, which may reduce officer effectiveness.
- Expanding a security force may increase opportunities for hostile "insiders" to infiltrate that force. Having a larger security force, however, might make it more difficult for such an insider to successfully conduct hostile activities.
Out of the existing mix of inadequate or inconsistent standards, and because of the degree in which many critical assets are being protected by private security operatives, there is a growing impetus for Congress to establish guidelines that would regulate security functions that had previously seen few external controls. Pending legislation (if enacted) would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to require a gamut of changes, from mandatory criminal background checks to security officer emergency training, including training for “acts of terrorism.” The DHS currently does not have counter-terrorism training programs specifically for private security officers.
Filling this crucial void, PPSC-STAC offers a broad spectrum of professional services aimed at enabling the security industry to work more efficiently, some of which are as highlighted as follows;
- Armored Car Security
- Amusement & Theme Park Security
- Background Investigation Services
- Casino Security
- College Campus Security
- Executive Protection
- Financial Services Site Security
- Industrial Site Security
- K9 Services & Training
- Nuclear Power Plant Security
- Risk Management Services
- Special Event Security
- Assignment or post orders
- Blood borne pathogens
- Bomb threats
- Company orientation and policies
- Crowd control
- Customer service and public relations
- Diversity in the workplace
- Emergency response procedures
- Ethics, honesty, professional image and proper conduct
- Fire prevention and control
- Fire equipment
- First Aid
- Harassment and discrimination
- Information security
- Laws of evidence
- Legal aspects of security
- Lock and key control
- Nature and role of private security
- Note-taking/report writing
- Patrol techniques and observing unusual circumstances
- Physical security and access control
- Preserving the incident scene
- Safety awareness
- Security awareness
- Substance abuse
- Technology in security
- Theft prevention
- Traffic control and parking lot security
- Urban terrorism
- Use of force and force continuum
- Workplace violence
- Less-Lethal Force Device Training
- Less-Than-Lethal Device Training
- Lethal Force Training (handgun, shotgun patrol rifle & precision rifle
- Critical Incident Response Training
- Terrorist Methodologies
- Principles of Counter Terrorism
- Suicide Bomb Recognition & Countermeasures
- Liability & Risk Management Training for Security Executives
Our training services offer you a variety of alternatives. Training can either be brought to your personnel, or your personnel can be sent to our training facilities. For additional information regarding our training facility locations, or for information pertinent to hosting our training, visit our website (www.theppsc.org/stac), or feel free to call us (877-267-7772) with your questions.
Given the emerging significance of acquiring and maintaining highly competent, mission-oriented security personnel, there is little room for error or mediocrity in that pursuit. When your firm establishes a training or consulting partnership with PPSC-STAC, you’ve assured your company ready access to the most progressive and professional services available, anywhere, at surprisingly affordable costs.
For more information about any of our wide range of services, please contact us.