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Effective Security Management, Fifth Edition

Author: Charles A. Sennewald CPP

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann


Publish Date: April 28, 2011

ISBN-10: 012382012X

Pages: 360

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

When I first positioned myself in front of a portable electric typewriter to write the original version of this book back in the 1970s, there were relatively few books in and for the industry. For the most part they were “nuts and bolts” texts, dealing with such specific protection areas as hospital security, hotel security, office building security, industrial security, and sources of information.

At the same time, national seminars and other training forums sponsored by such professional organizations as ASIS International similarly focused on the “how-to” of security, such as how to improve facility security through the integrated use of state-ofthe- art technology with a smaller staff.

Those kinds of books and training programs were professionally done and certainly welcome. In fact, they were indispensable in the ever-growing protection industry. However, little attention was paid to the administrative, managerial, and supervisorial aspects of our industry.

We were becoming highly skilled protection technicians, but the industry remained aloof and insensitive to the principles and practices of good management. Security executives, as a group, had fallen behind — had become less than “whole” executives in comparison to others in the corporate structure. Men and women in other organizational and career disciplines, such as finance, marketing, production, research, and human resources, were regularly exposed to management development trends, but for a number of reasons security managers were not. One reason was that we were too busy keeping up with fast changing security technology. Another reason was that we were too busy with important investigations and too absorbed with the so-called emergencies and crises that rightfully belong in the Security Department’s arena. Still another reason was that security executives are of a disciplined and hard-set mentality, stemming in part from military or other public sector organizational experience, such as the police — organizations in which people performed because they were told to perform

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