The International Foundation for Protection Officers UK & Ireland is sponsoring a mental health and wellbeing webinar. The webinar will be set up as an open discussion of how the IFPO can help support the mental health and wellbeing of frontline security officers, supervisors and managers.
The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28 from 10:30 – 11:30 EDT. Sign up for it here.
Just as security officers have long been "invisible" to most of society, it follows that so has their mental health.
A recent UK study, released in 2020, uses that word in its title: "Violence, abuse and the implications for mental health and wellbeing of security operatives in the United Kingdom: the invisible problem."
The study revealed that nearly 40 percent of respondents were experiencing some level of PTSD due to on-the-job experiences.
That statistic seems, unfortunately, reasonable when looking at the duties of security officers, many of whom are the front lines. But what is unreasonable is "the lack of provision of mental health and wellbeing services provided by the security companies to their employees and managers in general unable or unwilling to accept that some employees were suffering from poor mental health and wellbeing," according to the study's abstract.
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.”