About Us

The cutting edge in training and education just got sharper...

Center for Private Security and Safety to
Leverage Resources of John Jay College

Education and training for security professionals remain an ongoing source of concern for the industry and the academic disciplines studying and analyzing it. The new Center for Private Security and Safety stands ready to create a far superior learning environment and educational product, by leveraging the resources of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Operating under the auspices of the College’s Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management, the Center is uniquely positioned and oriented to provide education and training across all strata of the industry, from security managers, senior leaders and CSOs to entry-level employees and students.

In partnership with public and private safety providers, the Center will design and deliver professional education and training programs, short-term segment training and certificate programs, in both resident and online formats. In addition, the Center will edit and publish a peer-reviewed journal, produce relevant white papers, monitor and advise on changes to particular state industry mandates, and contribute to the development of “best practices” for the private security industry at the local, state, national and international levels.

Education and training modules and other programming will be developed in all three areas of the department: Security, Fire Science and Emergency Management.

The lack of quality professional development has been on the industry’s radar screen for more than 40 years, dating to the 1971 Rand report “Private Police in the United States” that criticized “the lack of training in the industry.” There have been laudable improvements in some quarters, but the problems addressed in the Rand report remain a matter of unfinished business. The Center for Private Security and Safety stands ready to make a difference.

Mission Statement
The Center for Private Security and Safety is dedicated to professionalization of the private security industry and its aligned safety constituencies in fire and emergency management. The center is designed to developing joint partnerships with both the public and private safety providers and to serving the corporate and industrial complex and institutions in need of asset and personal protection. The center will design and deliver professional education and training programs, short term segment training and certificate programs to communities of practice in both a residential and online format, edit and publish a journal, offer relevant white papers, monitor and advise on changes to particular state industry mandates and actively contribute to the development of “best practices” for the private security industry at the local, state, national and international level. It will build relationships and partnerships with other institutions, organizations and groups in the U.S. and abroad and support projects and activates consistent with the goals and objectives of the security and security related industry.