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National Center for Campus Public Safety

Physical Security Education Program


The Physical Security Education Program is our first Virtual Professional Development offering. This five-module interactive course, designed in conjunction with subject matter expert Dan Pascale, CPP, managing director of Margolis Healy, is for those working at a beginner level at colleges and universities. The total time needed to complete this course is approximately three hours.

For a limited time, this program will be available to registrants at no cost. For more information or questions, please contact Program and Training Manager, Andrea Young.

The five modules cover the following topics and learning objectives:

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Definitions
  • Course Overview
  • Pre-test

Module 2: Reviewing the Best Practices in Physical Security

  • Learning Objectives:
    • Describe concentric circles of protection
    • Select appropriate counter measures based on a security need
    • Recognize Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies

Module 3: Defining Physical Security Goals

  • Learning Objectives:
    • Name the necessary representatives for a physical security working group within your organization
    • Describe the minimum security requirements for your facility based on local policy and laws
    • Classify general and specific physical security concerns based on your location’s unique needs
    • Outline long-term physical security plan goals to share with the administration

Module 4: Conducting a Survey and Developing a Strategy

  • Learning Objectives:
    • Identify the physical security equipment currently in place
    • Use a disciplined approach to conduct a physical security survey
    • Perform a gap analysis to determine which aspects of your physical security are acceptable and which areas need improvement
    • Prioritize improvement needs based on your organization’s specific needs
    • Use your priorities to develop a long-term implementation strategy
    • Explain the key elements of long-term sustainability to keep your program healthy for years to come

Module 5: Implementing Your Physical Security Plan

  • Learning Objectives:
    • Describe the benefits and drawbacks of automation
    • Identify areas of physical security infrastructure that could benefit from automation
    • Describe the benefits and drawbacks of centralization
    • Identify areas of physical security infrastructure that could benefit from centralization
    • Explain the benefits and drawbacks of different staffing models
    • Describe the three broad approaches for implementing a physical security plan
  • Post-test
  • Evaluation

Intended audience: campus law enforcement, emergency managers, facilities and building services, and others responsible for managing the physical security of a campus.




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