IFSEC Global recently released its annual rankings of worldwide security and fire influencers. In the category of Commercial Security – Association Figures/Academics/Thought Leaders, there were several International Foundation for Protection Officers representatives recognized for their contributions, further proof that the IFPO continues to be among the vanguard in the global security industry.
1) Charles Andrews, IFPO Chief Strategic Officer
Charles “Chuck” Andrews, CPP, CFE, CFCI, ICPS, MSME has been in the law-enforcement and security industries since 1976, starting as Police Explorer, and has served in many roles of leadership as Chief of Police, Chief Security Officer (CSO), Adjunct Professor Computer Science, CJ & Security Asst’ Dean and Global Security Advisor & Strategist. In addition, Chuck has served in many leadership and board roles with numerous security, crime prevention and law enforcement associations across the globe. Known for his group of security colleagues, friends and leaders in the industry, Friends of Chuck (FOC) has become a household name in the security industry. Chuck was also named the top Crime Prevention Officer internationally, ISCPP, and the OSPA’S Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
9) McLean Essiene, CEO, ESSIMACS International Security
McLean Stanley Essiene, MSc, CPP, PCI, PSP, CCIP, (CAE, CCISO, PhD, in view) is an ex-Nigeria Immigration Service officer. He is the CEO of ESSIMACS International Security, a Nigerian based commercial security company involved in security management consultancy and certifications training programmes. As CSO of Ahoada West LGA Council, Rivers State, McLean played visible roles in the 2016 Niger Delta amnesty program. He holds a Bachelors in Geology, Master’s in Environmental Management, and presently completing a Doctorate in Natural Resources and Environmental Management, researching the ultra-complex link between security and environment. McLean is a Nigeria OSPAs, Bill Zalud Memorial Award winner and an ASIS and IFPO member, with several Councils membership, and is ALPSPN Policy Group’s secretary, supporting with the implementation of global best practices.
11) Alfredo Yuncoza
Alfredo Yuncoza has an MBA with studies in Economics, and has graduated from several degrees in safety and security, as well as from the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, (National Defense University. USA). His roles have included: President – founder of the Hispanic Advisory Council of the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO); Director of Corporate Academic Programs at Security College US; Member of the network of experts of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime; Past Regional Vice President (8B) of ASIS International; and President of the BritCham Venezuela Security Committee. His professional career of more than 30 years has been developed for national and transnational organisations. He is currently a consultant in strategic risk management in Latin America.
13) Dr. Ron Martin, Professor of Practice, Capital Technology University, IFPO Director
Dr. Martin is a Professor of Practice at Capitol Technology University. His work at Capitol Technology University is in the following functional areas: Critical Infrastructure, Industrial Control System Security, Identity, Credential, and Access Management. Ron has relationships with a diverse mix of businesses. He serves as a board of directors for many profit and non-profit organisations. Ron retired from the United States (U. S.) Army in 1999 and the U. S. Government in 2011. In between his tours of Federal Service, he served five years as a civilian police officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He now serves on the Security Industry Association Standards Committee. Ron is a member of the ASIS International’s Commission on Standards & Guidelines. Commission. Ron is a voting member of the United States Technical Advisory Group to the International Standards Organization (ISO). Ron currently serves on the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) Board of Directors.
18) Mike Hurst, Director IFPO UK
Mike Hurst CPP has spent over 30 years in the security and fire sector, spending most of that time as a recruiter specialising in executive appointments. He also operates as a strategic consultant and event organiser. He has worked with security associations for over 15 years including 10 years as co-Vice Chair of ASIS International UK Chapter and 6 years as a director of the Security institute. A committed servant leader, he is currently a member of the Security Institute Validation Board Working Group; is Secretary of both the ASIS Professional Development and Global Terrorism, Political Instability and International Crime Communities and a member of the ESRM Community Steering Group. He is Director of the International Foundation for Protection Officers UK (IFPO UK) which aims to support education and career development opportunities for frontline security officers, supervisors and managers. With members in 68 countries, over 100,000 people have undertaken IFPO Certificates and Certifications.
The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) is dedicated to providing meaningful and cost effective security training for security guards and protection officers.
We believe 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. Our students and members benefit from the recognition and standing that the prestigious IFPO certification conveys.
International Foundation for Protection Officers Mission Statement
Mission Statement Part I.
The International Foundation for Protection Officers provides professional learning opportunities for security practitioners, to impart the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to maximize job performance and enhance career potential.
Purpose: to make a positive difference in the quality of the participant’s job performance and elevate the professional status of students who partake of our learning opportunities.
Business: to supply committed security practitioners with a quality education to help achieve their highest potential and provide recognized accreditation for successful completion of educational goals.
Values: commitment, integrity, responsibility, and standards of excellence, provide the platform that supports our journey as we pursue our mission.
Commitment to Excellence: To be the recognized center of excellence and primary provider of education and training products and services to the security industry.
Mission Statement Part II.
“The International Foundation for Protection Officers is committed to the support and professional development of protection officers and supervisors. Through advocacy, promoting training standards, and providing accessible training, education and certification opportunities, we seek to enhance their professional standing as well as increase and diversify the value of the vital services they provide.”