Security Guard Training

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 275

       Course Name: Security Guard Training

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course satisfies the minimum 20 hours of classroom basic training as required by 225 ILCS 447/25-20 Private Security Act of 2004 to obtain a security guard permanent employee registration card (PERC).  The course provides the student with the duties and responsibilities of a security guard.  Topics include the role of the security guard, legal powers and limitations, emergency situations, communications, public relations, access control, and ethics and conduct.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the organization of security operations.
  2. Categorize the essentials of a security program.
  3. Appraise the terrorism threat in private industry.
  4. Analyze the different industrial fire and disaster plans.
  5. Categorize the different computer security designs.
  6. Design fraud and theft prevention plans.
  7. Compare and contrast crime prevention techniques.
  8. Judge the residential/business and industrial security surveys.
  9. Criticize the security systems approach and security planning.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • Concepts and Theories of Asset Protection
  • Role of the Professional Protection Officer
  • Protection Officer as a Leader
  • Career Planning for Protection Professionals
  • Effective Communications
  • Security Awareness
  • Central Alarm/Dispatch Operation
  • Automation in Protection Operations
  • Patrol Principles
  • Traffic Control
  • Crowd Management-Special Event
  • Environmental Crime Control
  • Physical Concepts and Applications
  • Alarm System Fundamentals
  • Access Control
  • Detection Technology - Fire Prevention, Detection, Response
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Hazards Approach to Hazardous Material
  • Workplace Crime and Deviance
  • Workplace Violence
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Strikes lockouts Labor Relations
  • Investigations: Concepts Practices
  • Crime and Incident Scene Procedures
  • Interviewing and Statements
  • Report Writing and Field Notes
  • Legal Aspects of Security
  • Officer Safety - Use of Force
  • Defensive Tactics and Officer Safety
  • Industrial Hazards, Safety, Patrol Officer
  • Apprehension and Detention Procedures
  • Human Relations in a Global Environment
  • Public Relations
  • Community Relations Strategy Come Alive
  • Networking – Liaison Function
  • Ethics and Professionalism

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This class will be taught entirely online. Each week there will be a set of power points that will complement the material you are reading in the textbook, articles, research material, etc.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Reading: All assigned reading is required.
  • Participation Required:
    • You must participate and respond to emails and discussion questions
    • Discussion questions, quizzes and examinations must be completed on time
    • Reading the text is absolutely necessary – the way you will get the most out of the course is to read not only what is assigned, but the entire book
    • Respond to other classmates on-line discussion comments
    • Ask questions about anything you do not understand

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

The Professional Protection Officer
Practical Security Strategies and Emerging Trends
By IFPO, International Foundation for Protection Officers, Orlando, FL
ISBN: 978-1-85617-746-7 - 8th edition Copyright 2010 - Butterworth-Heinemann

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

The final grade total point accrued. Points will be calculated on participation, discussion question responses, quizzes, the mid-term and final examination.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.