Safety & Security

What are the key elements of a security policy?

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What are the key elements of a security policy?

Every organization should have a security officer who is responsible for physical security, property, collections, and emergency services. All property should be identified by ownership documents and images. The security officer should be guided by written policies that provide authority in times of crisis.

The governing authority is responsible for providing security oversight of staff and visitors. Some essential factors to consider are key control, secure areas, opening and closing procedures, package checks, retail operations, special event considerations, and emergency preparedness and disaster planning. A helpful resource is “Governance, Security, and Perpetuity: Establishing Regular Security Reviews,” Parts 1 and 2, Technical Inserts 77 and 78 (Sept.-Oct. and Nov.-Dec. 1995),* by David Liston.

*Circulating Library

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