Every day, all across the globe, security officers are first on the scene -- providing protection, deterring and preventing crime and responding to emergency situations. Powering their actions are a desire to help others, but also a myriad of skills at their disposal. Many of those skills are of the physical nature -- including patrolling and knowing how to use the equipment they may be required to carry -- but equally as important is the classroom training they more than likely undertake.
That's where the International Foundation For Protection Officers comes in. For those just starting in the industry, to instructors and managers, there is an IFPO certification for you.
Here are some recent examples of security professionals making an impact from PrivateOfficerBreakingNews:
Security officer foils two bank robberies in five days:
Halton, Ontario, Canada: A security officer is again being credited with quick-thinking actions after a suspect tried to rob the same Burlington bank for the second time in less than a week.
The most recent incident at the HSBC bank at 2500 Appleby Line occurred around 5:30 p.m. when a man tried to get into the branch, but couldn't because the security officer locked the door before he could enter, according to Halton Regional Police.
Security officer saves unconscious child's life in UK:
The security guard works for Stambridge Security Group, a firm contracted in by Southend Council.
A spokesman for Southend Community Safety Partnership said: “A community safety officer performed emergency first aid on a child who was unconscious and choking.
“He cleared the airway and saved their life," a spokesman for Southend Community Safety Partnership said.
Shooting in downtown Seattle, Wash.:
Private security guards from several nearby businesses have often been first at the scene of a problem on the street and during the shootings, several were seen aiding victims.
Seattle City Councilmember Andrew Lewis, whose District 7 includes downtown, visited the scene of the shooting Wednesday night. “I cannot say enough about the professionalism of our first responders,” Lewis tweeted. “Thank you for your great work tonight.”
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.”