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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Police Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Basic Methods of Security

Formerly Security Course for Crime Prevention Officers
Course Category: 
Location: 
Parks Department, Olmstead Center, Flushing Meadow Park, Flushing, New York; Cathedral College, Jamaica, New York (through May 1996); St. John's University, Jamaica, NY (beginning June 1996).
Length: 

Version 1 and 2: 35 hours (5 days). Version 3: 35 hours (5 days); participants also perform a formally evaluated on-the-job post-course assignment requiring approximately one month to complete. Version 4: 35 hours (5 days); participants also complete several post-course assignments in the form of crime prevention lectures and residential and small-scale commercial security surveys, satisfactory completion of which is tracked by the Crime Prevention Section. Version 5 and 6: 42 hours (6 days).

Dates: 

Version 1: October 1987 - May 1992. Version 2: June 1992 - November 1997. Version 3: December 1997 - December 2001. Version 4: January 2002 - July 2006. Version 5: August 2006 - May 2018. Version 6: June 2018 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion, students will be able to: recognize security vulnerability in residential and commercial settings; conduct security audits; speak on crime prevention. Version 3: Upon successful completion, students will be able to: recognize security vulnerability in residential and commercial settings; conduct security audits; speak on crime prevention; perform a large-scale security survey, make recommendations for security measures, and prepare a comprehensive written report. Version 4, 5 and 6: Upon successful completion, students will be able to: recognize security vulnerability in residential and commercial settings; conduct security audits; speak on crime prevention; and perform residential and small scale commercial security surveys.

Instruction: 

Version 1 and 2: Major topics include: concepts of crime prevention; how to write a survey; types of surveys; basics of locks and safes; basics of alarms; basics of interior and perimeter protection; lighting equipment and techniques; retail security; access control; basics of closed circuit television; glazing; public speaking. Version 3: Major topics include: concepts of crime prevention; how to write a survey; types of surveys; basics of locks and safes; basics of alarms; basics of interior and perimeter protection; lighting equipment and techniques; retail security; access control; basics of closed circuit television; security glazing; auto theft prevention; portable computer theft prevention; personal safety; public speaking. Version 4 and 5: Major topics include: concepts of crime prevention, including counter-terrorism; how to write a survey; types of surveys; basics of locks and safes; basics of alarms; basics of interior and perimeter protection; lighting equipment and techniques; biometrics; security engineering and design; retail security; access control; basics of closed circuit television; security glazing; auto theft prevention; portable computer theft prevention; personal safety; quality of life crimes; public speaking. Version 6: Major topics include: concepts of crime prevention; how to write a survey; types of surveys; basics of locks and safes; basics of alarms; basics of interior and perimeter protection; lighting equipment and techniques; biometrics; security engineering and design; retail security; access control; basics of closed circuit television; security glazing; auto theft prevention; portable computer theft prevention; personal safety; quality of life crimes; public speaking.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Criminal Justice or Security Administration (6/88). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Criminal Justice or 2 semester hours in Security Administration (3/93 revalidation). Version 3, 4, and 5: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Criminal Justice or 3 semester hours in Security Administration (4/98 revalidation) (6/03 revalidation) (5/08 revalidation) (5/13 revalidation). Version 6: in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Criminal Justice or 3 semester hours in Secuirty Administration (6/18 revalidation).

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