The International Foundation of Protection Officers UK & Ireland (IFPO UK) is pleased to welcome the award-winning Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Barnsley Facilities Services as corporate members.
The Barnsley Hospital security team, led by Mike Lees CSyP and Lisa Corbridge MSyI, have won numerous awards in recent years for their innovative security programs and currently are very much on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19.
IFPO UK Director, Mike Hurst CPP said “We are honoured to have Mike, Lisa and the award-winning Barnsley team as members of IFPO. IFPO is pleased to have as members, individual security practitioners, security companies and end-users, all of who can benefit from our range of member benefits and security education programs. Indeed, currently we are developing some new programs to support frontline officers, supervisors and managers."
On joining IFPO, Mike Lees said “Both the Trust and BFS consider the development of our frontline staff as paramount and membership of IFPO will be key to ensuring our patients and staff are protected by professional teams with the opportunity to continue progressing their skills and competences”.
IFPO UK is a not-for-profit, professional membership association which provides professional learning opportunities for security practitioners, to impart the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to maximize job performance and enhance career potential. The UK website, www.IFPO.UK, was launched in July 2020. The UK Director is Mike Hurst CPP and he is supported by an Advisory Board of experienced security professionals.
The International Foundation for Protection Officers was established in 1988 in Canada by Ron Minion, a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and owner of a large Canadian contract business. He served as its executive director until 1992, and was succeeded by Sandi Davies, who has held the office ever since.
IFPO has members in 68 countries and has security professionals in 56 countries studying its educational programs.
Over 14,000 individuals have achieved IFPO certificates and over 92,500 have achieved IFPO 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.”