In this work, experts from military and law enforcement weigh in on security’s human side. This is a serious book focusing on an important topic that has continuing public policy implications—the performance of security forces at home and abroad during high-stress situations.
It is structured into thematic sections, the first of which outlines the general psychological and social factors that impact how a person will respond to the high-stress demands of security operations. Section two explores the selection, training, and preparation of personnel to function in security operations; and the final section includes both scenarios and case studies that describe the practical challenges encountered by security personnel today.
The stress encountered by security personnel, be they military or civil law enforcement, in performing their work can be crippling. A concept introduced early in the book and that echoes across several chapters is that of the importance of individual psychological hardiness, especially in security operations.