by Dr. Peter Tarlow •
This article provides an overview of tourism security. The article concentrates on the world of tourism oriented policing and protection services (TOPPs) and how the TOPPs initiative is becoming an integral part of both police and private security programs. The article touches upon how tourism security is different from others forms of security, how police departments need to adapt new and innovative models and how the former paradigm of police generalists is no longer valid in an age of cerebral security and professional specification. This article also reviews some of the psychological and sociological factors that separates tourism security from other forms of security.