Today, because of the various risks that confront a business, the security officer's duties and responsibilities have expanded dramatically. The business environment includes many facets of security arid safety, which have now been incorporated into the field of loss prevention. The tendency, of viewing a security officer as a "warm body" who wanders about appearing to protect the business that employs them are long gorse: The protection of people and property, the, threat of civil and criminal liability, or the more encompassing field of loss prevention, are ongoing concerns for any officer employed in security. Liability is also a concern. It obligates the officer to be aware of his or her actions concerning what theycan and can't do, what they should do, and how they should do, it. With these thoughts in mind, this book is written in several, parts: The criminal and civil law, including the security officer's legal powers and limitations The Retail Loss Prevention Officer's functions and responsibilities Description of the type of external and internal retail loss, the causes, and the attempts to control loss Examples of, and reactions to, emergencies, threats, and hazards that may occur within a retail establishment Alarms, inspections, audits, and records required in a retail business Appendices containing training aids and a variety of reports and forms that may be used in any retail establishmentManley, Anthony D. is the author of 'Retail Loss Prevention Officer The Fundamental Elements of Retail Security and Safety', published 2003 under ISBN 9780130394750 and ISBN 0130394750.