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The Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems, Mary Lynn Garcia

The Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems incorporates principles of science and engineering blended with electronics technology, criminal justice, and business. Contents: Design and evaluation of physical protections systems; Facility characterization; Threat definition; Target identification; Physical protection system design; Exterior intrusion sensors; Interior intrusion sensors; Alarm assessment; Alarm communication and display; Entry control; Access delay; Response; Analysis and evaluation; EASI computer model for analysis; Risk assessment. The emphasis in this book is the process, not the many specific details that exist to help solve protection problems.

ASIS Granite State Chapter 101

Introduction to Private Investigation: Essential Knowledge and Procedures for the Private Investigator, Joseph Anthony Traverse
Introduction to Private Investigation is a practical text designed to provide the essential knowledge and procedures needed to operate successfully as a private investigator. It is both an instructional textbook for individuals seeking a career as a private investigator and a resource guide that can be an invaluable tool for later reference. Topics include investigation concepts, narcotics, undercover investigation, surveillance techniques, general investigations, legal research, worker's compensation investigation, physical evidence, case preparation, courtroom testimony, and interview and interrogation. This book fulfills the existing need within the field for an up-to-date, precise, comprehensive text detailing the development of skills necessary for professional investigative work.

General Study References for Certified Protection Professional (CPP) Exam

Encyclopedia of Security Management by John J. Fay, CPP, Ed.
​​The Encyclopedia of Security Management is an authoritative resource for security managers devoted to successful management techniques and technologies. This book will familiarize you with current management trends in all areas of security within diverse industries. Practitioners will be impressed with the remarkable strides being made in security technology.

Handbook of Loss Prevention and Crime Prevention, 3rd Edition, Lawrence J. Fennelly, CPP, Editor

The 3rd Edition of Handbook of Loss Prevention and Crime Prevention is an enlightening compilation of insights from over 40 security professionals that reviews current trends and technologies. Coverage includes environmental design, fire protection, electronic safety devices, CCTV, guard forces, public relations, and more!

U.S. Army Physical Security Field Manual, FM 3-19.30 (Excerpted) Department of the Army
ASIS has excerpted portions of the U.S. Army Physical Security Field Manual, FM 3-19.3 to accommodate those individuals who are studying for the Physical Security Professional (PSP) exam. This field manual is the basic reference for training security personnel. It is intended to be a "one-stop" physical security source for the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of the Army (DA), and other proponents and agencies of physical security. However, the relevant principles of physical security are true in any application. Prevention and protection are the two primary concerns of physical security. Both serve the security interests of people, equipment, and property. Challenges relative to physical security include the control of populations, information dominance, multinational and interagency connectivity, antiterrorism, and the use of physical-security assets as a versatile force multiplier. The Field Manual addresses these concerns.

Building A Corporate Culture of Security: Strategies for Strengthening Organizational Resiliency by John Sullivant, CPP, CSC, CFC, CHS-IV, CNTA, RAM-W

Fellow at American College of Forensic Examiners Institute

Building a Corporate Culture of Security: Strategies for Strengthening Organizational Resiliency provides readers with the proven strategies, methods, and techniques they need to present ideas and a sound business case for improving or enhancing security resilience to senior management. Presented from the viewpoint of a leading expert in the field, the book offers proven and integrated strategies that convert threats, hazards, risks, and vulnerabilities into actionable security solutions, thus enhancing organizational resiliency in ways that executive management will accept.   The book delivers a much-needed look into why some corporate security practices programs work and others don't. Offering the tools necessary for anyone in the organization charged with security operations, Building a Corporate Culture of Security provides practical and useful guidance on handling security issues corporate executives hesitate to address until it's too late.   

Study References for Professional Development and Certification


Here are some helpful references to use in studying for various certification credentials.  In the course of your research and study, if you come across a reference that may be of value to other members, please let us know and we will add it to the reference list below.

Investigations: 150 Things You Should Know, Louis A. Tyska and Lawrence J. Fennelly
150 Things You Should Know About Investigations is a quick reference for any party concerned about a wide array of investigative themes. Readers both in and out of the law enforcement field will find it easy to use and understand when seeking an explanation about a variety of investigative topics including documentary evidence, the function of DNA testing, the Internet's impact on crime, and much more. A must for corporate security departments, colleges and universities with a criminal justice or related course of study, and every private investigator.


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Upcoming ASIS International Education Events

Effective Physical Security, 2nd Edition, Lawrence J. Fennelly, CPP
The 2nd Edition of Effective Physical Security is a cutting-edge reference to effective physical security. Designed for easy reference, the text is divided into three major parts: Design, Equipment, and Operations. Inclusive coverage on computer security, access control, environmental design, security surveys, locks, lighting, and CCTV make this an indispensable resource.

Vermont Criminal Justice Degree Programs


Burlington College, Burlington, VT

Castleton State College, Castleton, VT

Champlain College, Burlington, VT

College of St.Joseph, Rutland, VT

Community College of Vermont, Waterbury, VT

Norwich University, Northfields, VT

Southern Vermont College, Bennington, VT

Stratford Career Institute, St Albans, VT

Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation, 7th Edition, Charles E. O’Hara and Gregory L. O’Hara

The seventh edition of this classic text continues the tradition of concentrating on the essential elements of a criminal investigation. This book introduces the reader to investigative work so that he or she will learn what is meant by a complete investigation. The reader also will become familiar with the employment of technical methods and services available to complete an investigation. Some of the new topics introduced in this edition include stalking, carjacking, home invasion robbery, drug-facilitated rape, electronic evidence collection, clandestine laboratories, and the CODIS identification system. There has been an extensive revision of the narcotics chapter to reflect the changing patterns of illegal drug use. Ecstasy, methamphetamine, dissociative anesthetics, Ritalin, oxyContin, inhalants, and anabolic steroids are some of the more commonly abused drugs that are treated here for the first time. Other enhancements include: the "Additional Reading" sections at the end of each chapter have been updated; a glossary of useful criminal investigation terms has been included; and new illustrations and tables have been added. 

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The Art of Investigative Interviewing, 3rd Edition, Sebyan Black
​The 3rd Edition of The Art of Investigative Interviewing can be used by anyone who is involved in investigative interviewing. It is a perfect combination of real, practical, and effective techniques, procedures, and actual cases. Learn key elements of investigative interviewing, such as human psychology, proper interview preparation, tactical concepts, controlling the interview environment, and evaluating the evidence obtained from the interview. Inge Sebyan Black updated the well-respected work of Charles L. Yeschke to provide everything an interviewer needs to know in order to conduct successful interviews professionally, with integrity, and within the law. This book covers the myriad factors of an interview - including issues of evidence, rapport, deception, authority, and setting - clearly and effectively. It also includes a chapter on personnel issues and internal theft controls.

Colleges & Universities Offering Degrees /courses in law enforcement & security

Process of Investigation: Concepts and Strategies for Investigators in the Private Sector, 2nd Edition, Charles A. Sennewald, CPP, and John Ksukayama, CPP, CFE, CPI
The 2nd Edition of Process of Investigation covers specific areas of concern to the private investigator. This new edition deals with a wide range of subjects such as the fundamentals of investigation, legal aspects, organizational objectives, and strategies. Two new chapters have been added on Imagery and Computers, as well as updated information on the Internet, private information providers, digital imaging, documenting crime scenes, and managing and analyzing investigation information. Written for both the student and professional alike, this book compares and contrasts public and private sector enforcers, pinpoints the unique problems facing the investigator in a private agency, and provides updated case studies that illustrate the theories and techniques discussed.

New Hampshire Criminal Justice Degree Programs 
Main Criminal Justice Degree Programs
Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, NHHudson University, Bangor, ME
Granite State College, Concord, NHKaplan University, South Portland, ME
Hester State College, Concord, NHSaint Joseph's College of Maine, Standish, ME
Manchester Community College, Nashua, NHSouthern Maine Community College, South Portland, ME
Nashua Community College, Nashua, NHThomas College, Waterville, ME
New England College, Henniker, NHUniversity of Maine at Augusta, Augusta, ME
NHTI - Concord's Community College, Concord, NHUniversity of Presque Isle, Presque Isle, ME
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
Rivier College, Nashua, NH
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH
White Mountains Community College, Berlin, NH


Risk Analysis and the Security Survey, 4th Edition by James F. Broder, CPP, CFE, FACFE & Eugene Tucker

The 4th Edition of Risk Analysis and the Security Survey presents a careful analysis in a world where threats are growing more complex and serious, you need the tools to ensure that sensible methods are employed and correlated directly to risk. This updated edition of Risk Analysis and Security Survey will help you counter threats such as terrorism, fraud, natural disasters, and information theft.The authors guide you through analysis to implementation to provide you with the know-how to implement rigorous, accurate, and cost-effective security policies and designs.  This book builds on the legacy of its predecessors by updating and covering new content. Understand the most fundamental theories surrounding risk control, design, and implementation by reviewing topics such as cost/benefit analysis, crime prediction, response planning, and business impact analysis—all updated to match today's current standards.  This book shows you how to develop and maintain business contingency and disaster recovery plans to ensure your enterprises are able to sustain loss, recover, and protect assets. 

Introduction to Security, 9th Edition by Robert J. Fischer , Edward P. Halibozek & David C. Walters

The 9th Edition to Introduction to Security continues to be the leading text on private security for over thirty years.  Celebrated for its balanced and professional approach, this new edition give future security professionals a broad, solid base that prepares them to serve in a variety of positions.  Security is a diverse and rapidly growing field that is immune to outsourcing.  The author team as well as an outstanding group of subject-matter experts combine their knowledge and experience with a full package of materials geared to experiential learning.  As a recommended title for security certifications and information source for the military, this is an essential reference for all security professionals.  This imply revision expands on key topics and adds new material on important issues in the 21st century environment such as the importance of communications skills; the value of education; internet-related security risks; changing business paradigms; and brand protections.

Strategies For Protecting National Critical Infrastructure Assets: A Focus on Problem-Solving by John Sullivant, CPP, CSC, CFC, CHS-IV, CNTA, RAM-W

​Fellow at American College of Forensic Examiners Institute

Strategies for Protecting National Critical Infrastructure Assets eases the research burden, develops investigative protocols, and pulls together data into a comprehensive and practical guide, to help the serious reader understand advanced concepts and techniques of risk assessment with an emphasis on meeting the security needs of the critical national infrastructure.  This book establishes a new and acceptable approach for conducting risk assessments in a high-risk world.  Some features: help the reader to understand advanced concepts and techniques of risk assessment; provide a quick, reliable and practical "briefcase" reference to use in the office as well as on the road; introduce the elements of the risk assessment process by defining its purpose and objectives, describing the behavioral and physical sciences, the techniques employed in the process, and the measurement and evaluation tools and standards used to perform an objective risk assessment. 

Introduction to Investigations, 2nd edition, John S. Dempsey
The 2nd Edition to Introduction To Investigations is a basic text for anyone who is interested in learning who investigators are, what they do, and how they do it. The text gives a general overview of investigations so that readers can understand why and how investigations are conducted. The text combines coverage of both public (police) and private investigations. The purposes, methods, and tools of both are similar. Furthermore, police are deemphasizing traditional retroactive investigative techniques in favor of proactive investigative techniques and community and problem-solving policing. The book is divided into three parts: Background Information, The Tools of Investigations, and Types of Investigations. Also included are a glossary of terms and an extensive bibliography.

Protection of Assets Manual, Timothy Williams, CPP, Editor

The four volumes of the Protection of Assets Manual offers security information covering hundreds of key management issues. Updated monthly, this comprehensive source covers all aspects of security training including employee awareness, internal and external theft and fraud, security and civil law, investigations, ethics, alcohol and drug abuse, and more.

Private Security and the Investigative Process, 3rdEdition, Charles P. Nemeth
The 3rd Edition of Private Security and the Investigative Process is an important reference tool useful to private investigators and security professionals. Practice and theory are expertly blended to show students how to be professionals when confronted with the rigors of the real world, in both public and private sectors. Forms, checklists, and a valuable guide to illustrate the investigative process are provided in this second edition, which is ideally suited for private security organizations, criminal justice libraries, corporate security personnel, and law enforcement personnel.

High-Technology Crime Investigator's Handbook, Dr. Gerald L. Kovacich, CPP, CFE and William C. Boni

High-Technology Crime Investigator's Handbook addresses the potential of high-tech crimes, in addition to resources that are available to combat them. It uncovers many high-tech tools, advanced methods, and streamlined applications that can be used now and in the future, as well as emphasizing the management of a high-tech investigation unit.

Massachusetts Criminal Justice Degree Programs

Emergency Planning Handbook , Second Edition by ASIS Disaster Management Council

The 2nd Edition of Emergency Planning Handbook provides guidance and direction to corporate security supervisors/managers who have emergency planning responsibilities. This new edition of the popular handbook presents an overview of recovery planning and its relative importance to an organization. It imparts planning guidance in summary form that can be adapted to and supplemented by company procedures and policies. Most organizations will experience a crisis at some point; but with an emergency plan in place, the crisis does not have to escalate to unmanageable proportions. Having a well thought-out emergency management plan can mean the difference between success and failure for a business or organization.

General Study References for Certified Professional Investigator

Management 11th Edition by Stephen P. Robbins & Mary Coulter

The 11th Edition of Management  is about management and managers.  Managers are the one thing that all organizations - no matter the size, kind, or location - need.  And there’s no doubt that the world managers face has changed, is changing, and will continue to change.  The dynamic nature of today’s organizations means both rewards and challenges for the individuals who will be managing those organizations.  Management is a dynamic subject, and a textbook on it should reflect those changes to help prepare you to manage under the current conditions.  This edition of Management provides the best possible understanding of what it means to be a manager confronting change.

Introduction to Security, 9th Edition by Robert J. Fischer , Edward P. Halibozek & David C. Walters
The 9th Edition of Introduction to Security continues to be the leading text on private security for over thirty years.  Celebrated for its balanced and professional approach, this new edition give future security professionals a broad, solid base that prepares them to serve in a variety of positions.  Security is a diverse and rapidly growing field that is immune to outsourcing.  The author team as well as an outstanding group of subject-matter experts combine their knowledge and experience with a full package of materials geared to experiential learning.  As a recommended title for security certifications and information source for the military, this is an essential reference for all security professionals.  This imply revision expands on key topics and adds new material on important issues in the 21st century environment such as the importance of communications skills; the value of education; internet-related security risks; changing business paradigms; and brand protections

High-Technology Crime Investigator's Handbook: Establishing and Managing a High-Technology Crime Prevention Program, Dr. Gerald L. Kovacich, CPP, CFE and Dr. Andy Jones

The high-technology crime investigator's profession is one of the fastest growing professions in the world today, as information security issues and crimes related to them are growing in number and magnitude at an ever-increasing pace. High-Technology Crime Investigator's Handbook, Second Edition, informs professionals of the potential risks of computer crimes, and serves as a guide to establishing and managing a high-technology crime investigative program. Each chapter is updated with the latest information and guidance, including added coverage of computer forensics and additional metrics to measure organizational performance. In addition, nine new chapters cover emerging trends in the field, and offer invaluable guidance on becoming a successful high-technology crime investigator. 

The Complete Manual of Corporate and Industrial Security by Russel L. Bintiff

The Complete Manual of Corporate and Industrial Security provides the most complete and authoritative manual covering all aspects of corporate and industrial security. It covers everything security professionals need to minimize risk and implement the best possible policies and systems for building security, data security, personnel security, and product security.

Building A Corporate Culture of Security: Strategies for Strengthening Organizational Resiliency by John Sullivant, CPP, CSC, DFC, CHS-IV, CNTA, RAM-W

​Fellow at American College of Fornsic Examiners Institute
​​Building a Corporate Culture of Security: Strategies for Strengthening Organizational Resiliency provides readers with the proven strategies, methods, and techniques they need to present ideas and a sound business case for improving or enhancing security resilience to senior management. Presented from the viewpoint of a leading expert in the field, the book offers proven and integrated strategies that convert threats, hazards, risks, and vulnerabilities into actionable security solutions, thus enhancing organizational resiliency in ways that executive management will accept.   The book delivers a much-needed look into why some security practices programs work and others don't. Offering the tools necessary for anyone in the organization charged with security operations, Building a Corporate Culture of Security provides practical and useful guidance on handling security issues executives hesitate to address until it's too late.   

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Risk Analysis and the Security Survey, 4th Edition by James F. Broder, CPP, CFE, FACFE & Eugene Tucker
 The 4th Edition of Risk Analysis and the Security Survey is a careful analysis in a world where threats are growing more complex and serious, you need the tools to ensure that sensible methods are employed and correlated directly to risk. This updated edition of Risk Analysis and Security Survey will help you counter threats such as terrorism, fraud, natural disasters, and information theft.The authors guide you through analysis to implementation to provide you with the know-how to implement rigorous, accurate, and cost-effective security policies and designs.  This book builds on the legacy of its predecessors by updating and covering new content. Understand the most fundamental theories surrounding risk control, design, and implementation by reviewing topics such as cost/benefit analysis, crime prediction, response planning, and business impact analysis—all updated to match today's current standards.  This book will show you how to develop and maintain current business contingency and disaster recovery plans to ensure your enterprises are able to sustain loss, recover, and protect assets. 

Private Security in America: An Introduction by Clifford E. Simonsen

Private Security in America provides a comprehensive introduction to private security and covers the many and varied sectors and operations that comprise it. Taking a systems approach to exploring private and public security, Private Security in America provides a balanced treatment of practical examples, technology, history, documents, and research. Written in an engaging style, the book is easy-to-read and includes many tables, figures, graphs, photographs, illustrations, and more. It presents an unbiased view of a wide range of topics that makes it suitable for a wide range of readers with many points of view. An essential reference for professional security experts as well as the average reader seeking more information on issues related to private security.

American International College, Springfield, MAMount Washusett Community College, Grander, MA
Anna Marie College, Paxton, MANewbury College, Brookline, MA
Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MANichols Colleghe, Dudley, MA
Bay State College, Boston, MANorth Shore Community College, Danvers, MA
Becker College, Worcester, MANortheastern University, Boston, MA
Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield,MANorthern Essex Community College, Worcester, MA
Bristol Community College, Fall River, MAQuincy College, Quincy, MA
Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MAQuinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA
Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable, MARoxbury Community College, Rosbury Crossing, MA
Clark University, Worcester, MASalem State College, Salem, MA
Curry College, Milton, MASpringfield College, Springfield, MA
Dean College, Franklin, MASpringfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA
Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MASuffolk University, Boston, MA
Elms College, Chicopee, MAThe Salter School, Malden, MA
Endicott College, Beverly, MAUniversity of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston, MA
Fisher College, Boston, MAUniversity of Massachusetts-Lowell, Lowell, MA
Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MAUniversity of Phoenix, Braintree, MA / Westborough, MA
Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MAWestern New England University, Springfield, MA
Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MAWestfield State University, Westfield, MA
Marian Court College, Swampscott, MA
Worcester State College, Worcester, MA
Massachusetts Bay Community College, Wellesley, Hills, MA
Massasoit Community College, Brockton, MA
Middlesex Community College, Bedford, MA
Mildred Elley, Pittsfield, MA
Mount Ida College, Newton, MA


Security and Loss Prevention: An Introduction, 4th Edition, Philip P. Purpura, CPP
The 4th Edition of Security and Loss Prevention is designed to provide security students and professionals with an introduction to loss prevention concepts and security program implementation. This new edition has been updated and includes new coverage on: information technology (IT) as it relates to physical security; the business and careers of security and loss prevention; risk analysis; e-business loss prevention; and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Also included are new case studies, sidebar questions, international perspectives, Web exercises, and industry links throughout the text. Written in a reader-friendly, interactive style, it serves as an essential reference to applying loss prevention theory to real-world security solutions. 

Effective Security Management, 4th Edition by Charles A. Sennewald, CPP

The 4th Edition of Effective Security Management retains the excellent qualities that made the original and earlier editions a standard of the profession: a readable, comprehensive guide to the organization, staffing, and operation of the security function. The focus of this book is not on abstract theories but rather on practical methods, written in plain language, that can be used in managing an effective security department. The fourth edition includes a new chapter devoted to security statistics. This chapter provides the reader with an insightful understanding of the proper use of statistics information as a management tool in a broad range of activities from budget justification to crime analysis in the security environment. The author has applied modern management strategies to the concerns and problems facing every security manager.

General Study References for Physical Security Professional (PSP) Certification

Corporate Crime Investigation, Jack Bologna and Paul Shaw
Corporate Crime Investigation is a useful guide for professional white-collar crime detectives, corporate security investigators, risk managers, and internal auditors when corporations need to prevent, detect, and/or investigate suspected crimes against themselves.

This page contains important information for the membership.  It includes general education information, Upcoming ASIS Expos, Colleges and Universities offering degrees and/or courses in security, and study references for professional development and certification preparation.

Strategies For Protecting National Critical Infrastructure Assets: A Focus on Problem-Solving by John Sullivant, CPP, CSC, CFC, CHS-IV, CNTA, RAM-W

​Fellow at American College of Forensic Examiners Institute
Strategies for Protecting National Critical Infrastructure Assets eases the research burden, develops investigative protocols, and pulls together data into a comprehensive and practical guide, to help the serious reader understand advanced concepts and techniques of risk assessment with an emphasis on meeting the security needs of the critical national infrastructure.  This book establishes a new and acceptable approach for conducting risk assessments in a high-risk world.  Some features: help the reader to understand advanced concepts and techniques of risk assessment; provide a quick, reliable and practical "briefcase" reference to use in the office as well as on the road; introduce the elements of the risk assessment process by defining its purpose and objectives, describing the behavioral and physical sciences, the techniques employed in the process, and the measurement and evaluation tools and standards used to perform an objective risk assessment.