Command Decisions

by Peter G. Hilton JD & Dr. James A. Kholos

Publisher: Peter Hilton

Publication Date: June 21, 2015

ISBN: 9781513034478

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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There are approximately 1,077,520 private security guards employed in the United States (Bureau of Labor Statistics), with approximately 700,000 sworn police officers. The training for security officers can be a little as 8 to 40 hours prior to them being employed or assigned to a work location.


Security officers are on the front line of law enforcement work, and are the first responders in many cases where a citizen needs help. The advent of large Shopping or Commercial Malls across America has created mini city like environments that rely exclusively on the Private Security Forces hired to protect the property.

In many cases, the Security Officer will be alone in a crisis, and will have only their own thought process, education and experience to make that “Command Decision” that is needed to deal with the issue, crisis or crime in front of them, until back up or help arrives.


This book is intended to give the Security Officer a preliminary foundation of “Command Decision” level so they can understand how to arrive at the best decision for their own safety and that of others they are hired to protect.


The Book deals with the Philosophy of the person who enters the field of security and why they have chosen to do so, the Operation of how things work, or the law and process that define how they should act, and the conflict between the two, and how to resolve it in the Function of the work.


In many cases, the decision the Security Officer chooses at the time will decide the outcome and level of safety for the officer and citizens they are hired to protect. It is important that the Security Officer understands the decisions they make must be done based upon the training, law, and liability that results from the decision and action they take.


There is no right or wrong decision in law enforcement, only those which could have been better made, after all the ...