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Private Security Law: Case Studies.

"It's in there," shouted the TV pitchman in the Italian spaghetti sauce commercial a few years ago. He was responding to a skeptic who was shouting names of several ingredients, inquiring if they were in the contents. The same can be said about Private Security Law: Case Studies by David A. Maxwell.

Maxwell has done a world-class favor by providing the type of reference that security practitioners have always wanted. Individuals just entering the profession should add this ready desk reference to their bookshelves. They will turn to it often for guidance.

Maxwell is a professor of law and criminal justice as well as coordinator of security management programs at the University of New Haven. As such, he has experienced the need for the perfect course reference book and he was well positioned to fill that need.

More than twenty-five years as an FBI agent and as an investigative consultant gives him the firsthand knowledge and real-life experiences to relate to specific needs for all practitioners and consultants.

A security professional's obligation is to prevent the losses that could occur through lawsuits that could easily be avoided. Security managers can head off trouble by keeping management informed of security's concerns and by recommending reasonable and prudent prevention techniques. Many situations where security's involvement prevented lawsuit losses are described in the case references in the book. Maxwell, also an attorney, is uniquely qualified to identify such cases based on his security experience.

Private Security Law: Case Studies is divided in two parts. Part I addresses negligence, intentional torts, agency (a legal relationship where one person is authorized to act for another, for example master/servant or proprietor/independent contractor), contracts, alarms, and damages. Part II delves into authority, probable cause, arrest, search and seizure, interrogation, use of force, deprivation of rights, and entrapment. All of these are introduced through actual scenarios in understandable language and followed by specific case references and situations. Case comments are also included.

The nine appendixes are helpful for individuals making a serious effort to learn or research the specific subjects. They are informative regardless of the reader's level of experience. The table of cases contains many familiar names among the 125 references.

This book is certainly worth the price.

Reviewer: Louis A. Tyska, CPP, is vice president of protective services for Fidelity Investments in Boston. He is a member of ASIS.
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Author:Tyska, Louis A.
Publication:Security Management
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Date:Apr 1, 1993
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