Security Program Manual


by: Dana Turner

Security isn't a separate function -- it has to be integrated into the institution's everyday operations. And there's much more to "security" than just dealing with alarms, dye packs and cameras. An effective Security Program promotes a security-conscious working environment -- where sound business practices are the norm instead of the exception. The literal regulatory requirements for having a Security Program that are applicable to banks, credit unions and thrifts are simply not enough. Regulations require that the board of directors of each institution insure that:
  • A Security Officer has been formally appointed to develop and administer the Security Program;
  • The Security Program is available in written form;
  • Each facility is equipped with appropriate security devices;
  • Appropriate security policies and procedures have been developed and implemented to discourage robberies, burglaries, and larcenies -- and to assist in identifying and apprehending persons who commit such acts;
  • A training program is developed for and delivered to officers and employees about their responsibilities under the Security Program and in proper employee conduct during and after a robbery, burglar or larceny; and that
  • The Security Officer reports at least annually to the board of directors on the implementation, administration and effectiveness of the Security Program.
To be truly effective however, an institution-wide Security Program must contain policies and procedures that regulate the routine activities of every function and department within the institution. The goals of these policies and procedures must be to:
  • Reduce or eliminate the opportunity for mistakes and misunderstandings to occur;
  • Hold persons responsible for the results of their decisions;
  • Protect employees and other persons lawfully present on the premises; and
  • Assist in the identification, apprehension and prosecution of offenders.
Without effective policies, procedures and strategies, how will you be able to fulfill the Security Department's mission -- to safeguard and defend the institution's:
  • Employees, insiders and institution-affiliated parties?
  • Customers, vendors and third-party service providers?
  • Facilities that the institution owns, manages, maintains or controls?
  • Assets that are both tangible and intangible? and
  • Records and documents that exist in all forms -- paper and electronic?
A professional reputation takes years to acquire, moments to destroy and an eternity to rebuild. Inappropriate and ineffective operational procedures that are used by your employees often destroy an institution's image. Learning the concepts and practical application of time-tested security practices is essential to every institution's success. Learn how.

Version 7 of the Security Program Manual is a strategic, model plan for reducing exposure and avoiding losses from both external and internal events. The 306 page edition contains sample policies, procedures, forms and training programs in template form that are designed to address the most common -- and the most costly -- sources of loss exposure. It's designed for your use in developing and customizing a comprehensive and effective Security Program for all of your institution's functions -- and it meets the needs of all types of financial institutions: banks, thrifts and credit unions. In addition to formalizing policies and procedures that are "understood", the information contained in the Security Program Manual's sixty-one (61) sections will help you to reduce or eliminate the opportunity for mistakes and misunderstandings to occur.

The Security Program Manual is written especially for those people who are responsible for any institution's safety and soundness: compliance officers, security officers, auditors, training managers, human resources directors and operations managers. Previous operational experience is helpful, but not necessary to understand and use the information. You will benefit if you are responsible for or assist with designing a Security Program, conducting operational reviews, training employees or writing policy and procedures. The Security Program Manual uses a logical and strategic model to help you understand the true scope of security and operations planning within your institution. By understanding the cause and effect relationships between an institution's policies and operating procedures -- and the likelihood of error and exposure to crimes -- you can implement a comprehensive institution-wide Security Program that will significantly reduce your institution's risk.

Benefits and Features:
  • Expert guidance you can count on
  • You'll save valuable time with turnkey solutions to common issues
  • Easy-to-use templates help you create policies, procedures, forms, databases and training programs that are unique to your institution
  • Accompanying training materials help you effectively transfer this valuable guidance to your staff
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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 23 February, 2004.

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