Embedded in the DNA of a security officer is the desire to help others. But, the ability to accomplish that is severely hampered if a security professional does not take care of themselves first. TrackTik, a global security operations management company, recently released "8 Tips for Keeping Security Officers Safe." Here are a few; make sure to click the link at the bottom for the entire list. -- IFPO.
1. Vary your route
Security officers are often assigned to regular routes that they patrol where they use their mobile phones to inspect checkpoints. It’s important to vary your route regularly though as criminals often monitor an officer’s movements to commit a crime when an officer is out of sight. So be unpredictable on your patrols, don’t walk the same route every patrol, and vary your arrival and departure times if possible.
2. Wear protective comfortable clothing
Depending on where you are patrolling, and the crime rates in the area, security officers face certain risks. If your officers are working in dangerous areas or patrolling alone, consider providing them with protective clothing. In some instances, physical activity like walking or running might be necessary, so a uniform that doesn’t restrict movement and good footwear is also extremely important.
3. Be familiar with security measures
It’s important to be familiar with security measures to help you deal with incidents as they occur. Make sure you know what procedures to follow in the event of an injury, a fire, or a break-in. Learn what to do if you have to apprehend a suspect, or detain a suspect as you wait for law enforcement to arrive.
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.”