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Security - Loss Prevention Specialist

Associate in Applied Arts

Program Overview

Delta's security and loss prevention program offers opportunities well beyond what many think of when they hear the word security. Certainly you may work as a security officer, but options such as corporate security, private investigations, corporate investigations, loss prevention and security management offer excellent salaries and benefits that many overlook.

Working in security and loss prevention is an excellent way to break into a criminology career, providing great opportunities to gain valuable experience that will translate well into other fields, such as law enforcement. The job of a loss prevention specialist often includes monitoring shoppers, safely apprehending and detaining suspected shoplifters, writing reports, planning investigations and stings and using surveillance and radio equipment. 

When the Security - Loss Prevention program is successfully completed, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in security/loss prevention. An Associate in Criminal Justice Security degree will help you stand out among other applicants and can be a starting point for a management position or for those looking to advance their career with a bachelor’s degree, making someone more marketable in the field.

Be successful. Develop these skills.

  • Good judgment
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Negotiating
  • Physical strength
  • Self discipline
  • Dedication
  • Legal issues 
  • Client relations
  • Defensive tactics
  • Probation and parole
  • Juvenile offenders

Related Programs

Security & Loss Prevention – Certificate of Achievement

In addition to the Security & Loss Prevention associate degree, Delta also offers an entry-level Certificate of Achievement. It’s called a 'laddered program' because the courses you take for the certificate count toward the next step up – the Associate Degree.

It’s also a great way to explore the career field or gain skills to accompany another criminal justice degree.

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Transfer opportunities

One of the very best things about Delta College is your ability to start here and go anywhere. And, in the process, save thousands (and thousands) of dollars. It's a smart choice to get your associate's and then transfer on!

Delta has signed transfer agreements to continue your criminal justice studies with:

  • Ferris State University – Criminal Justice with options
  • University of Phoenix – Criminal Justice Administration Management

Visit transfer agreements and guides to see the whole list of transfer opportunities. Have questions? Make an appointment with academic advising to discuss your career goals.

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