A business improvement district that sits just outside John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City recently initiated a security detail to patrol its businesses and residential properties. Anecdotally, it appears more neighborhoods nationwide are taking similar action. As we know, security officers are often first on the scene in many incidents -- but they have to mandated to be there first.
On Monday October 5th 2020, GatewayJFK launched a new security patrol to help keep our neighborhood safe and vibrant. The goal of the patrol is to provide extra eyes on the streets to prevent burglaries, illegal dumping, and graffiti.
The unarmed security officers are responsible for patrolling the 215 acre area that makes up the GatewayJFK Business Improvement District. The patrol will act as a deterrent to crime, provide information and assistance to stakeholders, and address quality of life issues throughout the district. Security officers have been trained on the best ways to work with the New York City Police Department and will work cooperatively with the other security forces and building management professionals in the area to deal with thefts and the prevention of other crimes.
As part of the patrol, the security team has been supplied with a new SUV that has been equipped with lights and branded with the GatewayJFK logo. The officers are trained and supervised by Sammed Security Inc. a local MWBE firm that has over 100 licensed security personnel on staff and has been located on Rockaway Blvd. since 1999. Sammed won a competitive process that started with a request for proposals in July of 2020.
“We were very happy to find a company that had an understanding of the unique needs and nuances of our neighborhood, and also experience in providing security for over 20 years.” Said Scott Grimm-Lyon, Executive Director of GatewayJFK.
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.”