Although body cams have become far more prevalent in law enforcement in recent years, the same cannot be said for security professionals, with some of the biggest concerns appearing to be cost and liability. Hopefully -- and sooner rather than later -- we will see a turn-around in this regard, as overall, it appears the use of body cams is a positive move in law enforcement. -- IFPO.
In 98% of interactions where officers wore cameras, victims did not visibly react to being recorded, even when being told they were being filmed.
A recent study published by the National Police Foundation found that most victims do not notice body cameras worn on police officers, and most do not object to being recorded.
According to the IHS Markit, police body cameras were forecast to increase by nearly 30% in 2018, exceeding 1.5 million cameras in use worldwide. With that increase, the demand for sophisticated evidence management software becomes more essential.
The benefits of police-word body cameras include capturing events from an officer’s perspective, being able to easily record interviews with witnesses and even proving police misconduct in some cases.
“Perhaps the most important benefit of deploying body-worn cameras is the potential ‘civilizing effect’ these cameras may have on the behavior of both officers and citizens,” the study said.
In a recent investigation by the Associated Press, it was found that police departments often withhold videos taken by body cameras or dashboard cameras, often-times showing officer-involved shootings or other uses of force.
Others have concerns about privacy and how body cameras may affect victims and witnesses when they interact with police officers.
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.”