The International Foundation for Protection Officers today announced that Larry Fennelly, CPOI, CSSM, has been elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He replaces Dennis Shepp, MBA, CPP, CFE, PCI, CPOI.
Fennelly, who hails from South Yarmouth, Mass., is owner and operator of Litigation Consultants, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in threat assessment, risk analysis and workplace violence. He is also the author of more than 40 security-related books.
"We are very fortunate that Mr. Fennelly has agreed to volunteer and to serve in this capacity for the year of 2020," said IFPO Executive Director Sandi Davies.
For more than 30 years, Fennelly served with the Harvard University Police Department in Cambridge, Massachusetts, primarily at Harvard College. He attained the rank of sergeant prior to his retirement. While at Harvard, Fennelly's duties included crime prevention and training and he also received training as a crime prevention specialist, serving in that capacity for over 21 years.
Recently retired from Apollo International Security, Fennelly’s duties consisted of directing daily security operations, managing security officers, outlining physical security measures, and handling day-to-day general related matters. The company, based in Walpole, Mass., was acquired by Allied Universal in 2016.
An active member of the American Society for Industrial Security, Fennelly has been involved in several of their national committees and lecturers frequently for them. He is currently the past chairman of ASIS' Crime Prevention and Loss Prevention Council. In 2015, Fennelly was awarded the President’s Award for Merit from ASIS.
In 1982, Fennelly was appointed to President Ronald Reagan’s Task Force on Crime Prevention and Violent Crime, which explored what steps the private sector was taking to prevent crime and what was being done for employees who were victims of crime.
He was trained in Los Angeles by the 1984 Olympic Security Committee and placed in charge of security for the Olympic Village at Harvard College. Mr. Fennelly was also a security consultant and worked for many large corporations, institutions, and guard companies.
"Mr. Fennelly's work is known by every professional in the security industry," said Marianna Perry, M.S., CPP, CPOI, former director of the National Crime Prevention Institute. "He is an internationally-recognized author and subject matter expert on crime prevention, CPTED and physical security. His extensive background and experience make him a sought after expert witness and a frequent speaker at industry events."
Fennelly began writing in 1980 with Crime Prevention on the College Campus. Both that book and his second, Museum, Archive, and Library Security, published in 1983, covered topics not previously explored in the security industry.
Ever the writer, Fennelly has two forthcoming projects: Risk Assessments, published by CRC Press, and The Protection Officers Handbook, second edition, published by Elsevier.
Davies commented on the many attributes Mr. Fennelly brings to the table, including his vision and insight to advancing the goals and objectives of the foundation.
“We are excited to see the future expansion of the Foundation under his leadership,” she said.
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.”