Although this piece is written from a British perspective -- first published in UK-based TheProfessionalSecurityOfficer.com -- security is a global issue and many of the challenges and solutions can can be applied anywhere in the world. There is no doubt that the landscape of safety and security is changing, and rapidly at that, so it is a great benefit that there are individuals like author Paul Barnard and organizations TPSO offering assistance in navigating that landscape. -- IFPO.
What Can Be Done To Improve The Professional Security Officer Of The Future? By Paul Barnard
My policing background stretches back over the last few decades, so I bring to the security sector a vast range of experience from the operational side and I understand what is needed to professionalise people on the frontline.
I had many challenges in policing, but one radio message from July 2005 still remains with me; “Guv, I think you’d better get down here, I have a guy here with me who said he just felt an explosion underground”
Everything stopped and I thought of all the things it could be, hoping it was not as it seemed. But in this instance, it was the very worse-case tragic terrorist attack.
I understand how first responders react at such news and that’s where my frontline experience helps. I know confidence, even for security guards, is provided by being given good information and intelligence, detailed briefings, excellent training and testing what you do, so it becomes natural – but when the real test arrives, we all react differently, but still these key elements make a difference.
So, what more can be done to improve the professional security officer?
Well even before 7/7, Security guards across the country had received training in Project Griffin- a superb counter terrorism initiative which has since grown into Action Counters Terrorism, with an online portal to enable the product to reach the masses.
Indeed, security is something we all want, some we don’t see and some we do. We demand it for our homes, cars, our technology, when we go out and for our family. But some of that security doesn’t require people, that’s true.
Did you know, security in some new builds across the globe is technology driven with robot security guards and integrated solutions?
However, terrorism arguably, still poses the biggest threat and risk to life. The UK is at a Severe Threat Level from International Terrorism, which means an attack is highly likely.
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.”