Andrew Agrees, Kaplan; IFPO Executive Director Sandi Davies; Kacy Webster and Bryon Mills, Purdue; and IFPO Past Chairman Tom Conley.

Dallas, TX & Davenport, IA – September 26, 2017 - Purdue University Global and the International Foundation of Protection Officers (IFPO) today announced a partnership that is designed to expand access to professional training and higher education for professional private security officers. The announcement was made at the ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits Conference in Dallas, Texas.

“While there are more than 2.2 million people employed in the security field, there are still not enough professionals to fill the increased demand for services,” said Sandi J. Davies, IFPO Executive Director. IFPO has trained more than 80,000 individuals who have graduated with IFPO certifications.

Through the partnership agreement, the Certified Protection Officer program (CPO) and Certified in Security Supervision and Management (CSSM) certifications offered through IFPO will translate into direct course credit that can be applied toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Purdue University. IFPO members will also be eligible for reduced tuition rates on courses at Purdue University Global. Furthermore, Purdue University Global students will be able to take the certification courses at a discounted rate. Please note, these Discounts will not be available until early November.

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“A partnership between IFPO and Purdue Univerity is an industry game-changer for the entire security industry. Education is now a critical element to the success of security officers at every level. IFPO certifications, combined with a higher education degree, work well together and provide an exponential return on investment for both the client and the community,” added Tom M. Conley, President and CEO of The Conley Group, Inc., a Des Moines, Iowa professional security services provider, and Immediate Past International Board Chair of IFPO.

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Sandi Davies & Bryon Mills at the Purdue Partnership Signing

Purdue University Global courses are all available online providing the convenience and flexibility security officers, who typically work non-traditional hours, need in order to continue working while earning their degree. Bryon Mills, Director of Public Sector Solutions at Purdue who was present for the announcement, said “A win-win partnership like this one with IFPO is what Purdue University is best at. Providing a high-quality, affordable education for busy working professionals who need or want to earn their college credential and advance in their careers is core to our mission.”

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About The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO)

The IFPO is dedicated to providing meaningful and cost-effective security training for security guards and protection officers. It believes that education is a necessary and essential part of professional security training and the security officer’s background. IFPO serves individuals, security companies, and organizations that have their own private security staff. More information about IFPO can be found at IFPO.org.

About Purdue University Global

About Purdue University Global

Purdue West Lafayette was founded in 1869 as Indiana’s land-grant institution. The Purdue University system serves students through its flagship campus in West Lafayette, a network of regional campuses and technology centers across Indiana, and now Purdue Global, which can be accessed online at any time.

Purdue's main campus in West Lafayette is one of the most prestigious research universities in the world. It routinely ranks highly in accredited national and world university rankings like the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education for its distinguished academic programs.* These rankings demonstrate Purdue’s commitment to providing higher education at the highest proven value.

In April 2017, Purdue reinforced its status as one of the world's most innovative universities by announcing it would acquire Kaplan University, a longtime leader in online adult education, and create a new, public institution—which is now Purdue Global. Our mission is simple: deliver a fully personalized online learning experience that's tailored to the unique needs of working adults—one that gives you the support you need to achieve your goals and creates new opportunities for your future. Please visit Purdue University Global for more information.

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