*** Please note: There is a small unintentional misstatement in the conversation. Easton mentions building Afghani Army companies; however, his intention was to say Iraqi Army companies. ***
Tim Easton, former US Army combat engineer and now CEO of Missouri-based Castle Defense 360 Security Consulting, was gracious enough to sit down with IFPO Social Media Manager Ted Czech for a conversation recently.
In March 2020, the International Foundation for Protection Officers announced a strategic partnership with Castle Defense, a certified service disabled veteran-owned small business, known for its courses geared toward both first responders and the general public.
The conversation ranged from Easton's background in the military, making the transition from military to civilian life, and how Castle Defense was established.
Easton also spoke about Castle's new course, the Certified Security Operations Specialist (CSOS), a classroom, scenario-based 3-day program designed to add to current skill sets as well as offering advanced skill sets in order to efficiently and effectively operate in the new threat environment.
The course will be held in late August at the Force Center in Immokalee, Florida.
In cooperation with our strategic partner International Foundation of Protection Officers, we are pleased to bring this one of a kind certification program to church security teams, Law Enforcement and Security officers This program offers 24 continuing education credit hours for Law Enforcement (Restrictions Apply based on your agency or department's discretion).
This course has been developed for Law Enforcement, Houses of Worship Safety and Security teams, Guard Post Security Guards where applicable, Executive Protection Agents, those wishing to break into the security industry and other disciplines.
This 3 day program is focused on providing an advanced level of training to Security staff by offering a unique set of additional skills to add to their value and capabilities.
1 hour Personal Profiling
6 hour Active Attacker Threat Response
2 hour Bomb Threat Suspicious Package Awareness and Response
3 hour Static EP (Executive Protection Lite)
4 hour Checkpoint Operations
4 hour Emergency Planning and Basic First Aid
1 hour Anti-Terrorism
3 hour End of Course exercise, AAR, Test
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.”