Security and Protective Services

Security is critical for the safety and stability of life in the United States and many other nations. The security and protective services industry includes companies and professionals that provide the strategic, managerial, and legal knowledge and skills that are necessary to protect property and people.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the security and protective services industry. Students will understand different types of security services and how they relate to each other. They will also understand the distinction between the criminal justice system within the public sector and private security. The course begins with an introduction to the history of private security, with subsequent units focusing on a specific sector. The concluding unit focuses on the emerging challenges facing security services in the twenty-first century, including international terrorism. In addition, the course will provide information about many different careers that are available to students who are interested in security and protective services.


  • Understand the security services industry and the regulations, methodologies, and practices that are applied as well as the technologies that are available.
  • Recognize the different laws and regulations affecting the security field.
  • Understand the policies that are used to maintain safe and productive work environments, and the importance of technology as part of the overall process of security.
  • Construct ideas for overcoming challenges and issues related to security services and identify the different career paths related to the security and protective services industry.
  • Analyze the process of utilizing intelligence in crime prevention and security and the evolution of the security enterprise in the United States and worldwide.
  • Apply analytical methods to gather intelligence and information for sustainable security practices
  • Develop communication and critical thinking skills required for addressing complex security problems that have multiple perspectives and multiple vested interests.

For topics in this course, it is helpful to students to be familiar with general concepts about security services as well as the basics of conducting research on websites.

If students are not familiar with these topics, it is important for them to familiarize themselves with online resources for security and protective service concepts by visiting such sites as or These websites will provide an introduction to important issues in the field of security and protective services.

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security
Course Length: Semester