Since the onset of COVID-19, the security industry has experienced a sudden decrease in jobs in such tourism-heavy cities as Las Vegas, Orlando and Nashville, but also an uptick in other areas of the country as riots and looting have shaken many metropolitan areas. An unintended consequence is that some security professionals -- particularly those with military and/or close protection experience, have taken jobs protecting members of the media who are covering the social unrest. Ensuring the safety of journalists who cover war and other trauma worldwide is the subject of an entire guide sponsored by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Here is an excerpt from a recent story on buffalonews.com:
During one of the summer's many demonstrations in and around Buffalo, some protesters spotted something disconcerting: a man carrying a gun.
But he was not taking part in the demonstration. He was working, protecting a local television journalist.
And while the sight of an armed man making sure no trouble befell a TV reporter may have surprised people who spotted him, the practice is not new or limited to Western New York.
Or without controversy.
It received some attention this fall when a protester in Denver was shot by an armed security guard protecting a KUSA-TV television reporter covering dueling protests. KUSA is owned by Tegna Inc., the media company that also owns WGRZ-TV (Channel 2), the local NBC affiliate.
According to a CBS station in Denver, Matthew Dolloff, 30, the armed security guard protecting a KUSA reporter, was charged with second-degree murder following the shooting. Dolloff’s lawyer has said he acted in self-defense. Video shows Keltner shooting pepper spray at Dolloff before he was shot by the security guard.
According to published reports, Denver officials have said Dolloff wasn’t licensed as a security guard there as required. Security guards there reportedly also are required to undergo training, get an FBI background check and renew their license annually.
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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.
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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.”