Raising the Bar: Can Private Security Increase Professionalism by Following Law Enforcement's Example?

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Security Management

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science


Security Management


James Henderson


accreditation; CALEA; ethics; law enforcement; minimum training standards; POST standards; professionalism; security guard; training standards


For decades, the private security industry has been plagued by problems stemming from inconsistent hiring standards, a lack of training standards, and low wages‰ÛÒall of which have culminated in an industry displaying little in the way of professionalism. Approximately 40 years ago American law enforcement found itself in a similar position and became the subject of a presidential commission, which recommended fundamental changes in law enforcement education standards, hiring standards, training standards, and ethical conduct. Additionally, many law enforcement agencies have pursued state and or national accreditation to further raise their levels or performance and professionalism. This project found the law enforcement experience applicable to the private security industry and an effective means to increasing the level of professionalism.

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