Private Officer International, a Charlotte, North Carolina, organization established in 2004, was founded by 41-year law enforcement and private security veteran, Rick McCann.
Each year, the group offers a bevy of awards, recognizing the amazing efforts put forth by security professionals in what is oftentimes a thankless, yet irrefutably vital role in protecting people and property.
There are three ways to receive an award: a security officer can be nominated by POI's awards committee, by their employer or they can-self nominate.
All nominations must be received by midnight October 18 2020.
Here are the award categories:
THE DIRECTOR’S AWARD
Awarded by a vote from POI Directors
Officer injured in the line of duty
MEDAL OF VALOR
Our highest award for bravery or heroism performed in the line of duty
Excellent, unusual or continued accomplishments
For direct actions that result in the saving of a life
EXCELLENCE IN ACTION
For an individual action that assisted or helped a person/community
OFFICER OF THE MONTH
OFFICER OF THE YEAR
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.”