Security & Protective Services

Security & Protective Services (SPS) Course

The SPS course is the intermediate course for a SPS pathway. SPS is also used as an advanced course in many Law Enforcement Pathways.

Security and Protective Services prepares individuals to perform the duties of professional security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control, public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, information protections, customer relations and the legal aspects regarding the security profession. Basic crime prevention methods, risk assessments, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, dignitary protection responsibilities and officer safety and use of force are also included.  This course is instrumental in the preparation of the student to assume the position of an entry level Certified Security and Protection Officer.

Instructional Plans & Resources


LAPSEN Unit Plans

LAPSEN has a complete course (120-150 hours) of unit lesson plans available to members – Click Here to access.


Other Lesson Plan Sources

California Educators Together– The great state of California has an insane amount of resources and lessons. Be sure to search with different key words. You do have to have an account – but they give them to all teachers: Click Here

Texas CTE Lesson Plans – They have some materials for Law & Public Safety: Click Here


LAPSEN CPOI – When instructors get certified to teach CPO, they must submit a lesson plan. There are not many right now, but more will be coming: Click Here

Industry Recognized Credential (IRC) for this Course

Certified Protection Officer (CPO) Certification 

The Certified Protection Officer certification demonstrates students have the basic knowledge, skills, and experience to understand security and protection officers, and their role and responsibilities within the public safety and criminal justice system. 

The CPO certificate is recognized by:

  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • ASIS International 
  • Canadian General Standards Board
  • Thousands of American companies

The CPO satiates all Perkins legislative requirements for Industry Recognized Credentials. 

Learn more about the CPO – Click Here or email 

MicroCredentials (MC) for this Course

All MicroCredentials are being developed and should be ready in 2024. 

National Security and Protective Services Course Standards

Click Here to open the SPS standards document. 

Section 1: Foundations of Protection Officer

Standard 1: Describe concepts and theories of asset protection and security.

Standard 2: Describe the security officer of the 21st century.

Standard 3: Describe the legal aspects of security.

Standard 4: Explain effective communications.

Section 2: Roles & Responsibilities of the Protection Officer

Standard 1: Describe the roles of a protection officer. 

Standard 2: Define security awareness

Standard 3: Describe a sustainable culture of security

Standard 4: Explain role in critical information infrastructure protection 

Standard 5: Describe fire prevention, detection and response in the context of a protection officers responsibility  

Standard 6: Describe an all hazards approach. 

Section 3: Patrol Principles
Standard 1: Describe how patrol is conducted in protective services. 
Standard 2: Explain protection officer safety and use of force 
Standard 3: Describe how protection officers lawfully apprehend and detain offenders.  
Standard 4: Identify crime scene and incident scene procedures. 
Standard 5: Describe concepts and practices of security professionals.
Standard 6: Explain the basics of report writing.
Section 4: Concerns in the Workplace

Standard 1: Explain how health and hazard assessments are completed 

Standard 2: Describe how sites can mitigate shooter and assailant threats

Standard 3: Describe crisis intervention 

Standard 4: Evaluate how mental health, including substance abuse, impact the workplace 

Standard 5: Describe workplace crime and deviance 

Section 5: Concepts of Physical Security

Standard 1: Describe access control 

Standard 2: Identify types of contraband detection 

Standard 3: Describe how drones are used in security and protective services

Standard 4: Discuss physical security concepts 

Standard 5: Describe the fundamentals of alarm systems 

Section 6: Risk Management

Standard 1: Explain risk 

Standard 2: Describe the risk management process.

Standard 3: Describe the potential impact of emergencies on people and organizations.  

Section 7: Crowd Management & Event Planning

Standard 1: Describe common traffic control strategies 

Standard 2: Explain how special events are planned

Standard 3: Identify potential issues with labor and management 

Standard 4: Describe handling VIPs

Section 8: Terrorism

Standard 1:  Describe surveillance

Standard 2: Explain how espionage threatens non-government entities 

Standard 3: Explain terrorism 

Standard 4:  Explain how responses to threats that can result in evacuation are processed 

Standard 5: Explain cybersecurity 

Section 9: Ethics & Leadership

Standard 1:  Explain professional security officer ethics 

Standard 2: Describe how networking is an important part of protection officers jobs

Standard 3: Describe how protection officers serve as leaders

Section 10: Career Readiness

Standard 1: Describe best practices for time and stress management

Standard 2: Explain proper methods to deal with critical incident stress

Standard 3: Identify how to respond to medical situations commonly occurring in public environments

Standard 4: Identify training and certifications for career advancement

Standard 5: Create a career plan