When Americans leave their homes for business or for leisure, there’s an expectation that they remain fairly safe while interacting with the rest of society.
If not for the role of government, particularly as it relates to the function and availability of law enforcement, persons would be at greater risk of harm while venturing out into public, as well as at home. Cops make law-abiding people safer. That’s the idea.
Beyond the basic services that police provide for communities across this country, private protections in the form of security services also exist in order to contribute toward a higher quality of life in private-public spaces, such as shopping malls and large power plants. With the presence of both police agencies and private security companies, life and property are jointly protected.
Our Roles, Defined
There are countless definitions and perceptions of police and security. Police departments and security companies might have mission statements and a code of conduct that contains the requisite principles to engage in one’s duties with integrity. Bottom line: Both professions look to serve a greater good and require an orientation towards service.
When a crime is observed or heard about, a police officer has an obligation to pursue and apprehend, bringing suspects to answer to their charges, while also protecting the innocent. Security guards also aim to prevent crime, but their focus might be much more limited to a specific area, such as a department store or metals factory. Often, when crime does affect such a place, a security guard will contact police, who will then be asked to investigate the matter.
Yes, police departments do rely on private security to monitor stores, campuses, and facilities themselves. Likewise, security assets rely on the police to assist when crimes are observed or if someone has been taken into custody and must be turned over to law enforcement. The two entities also work in harmony to greater degrees for the more existential threats as well, such as global terrorism.
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.”