Introducing a new resource for security professionals -- an online magazine and resource called The Professional Security Officer.
Launched by two UK security professionals, Rollo Davies and Michael O'Sullivan, the magazine aims to lend support to an industry often overlooked by those not intimately involved with it (Forgotten Soldiers, anyone?), while raising issues such as adverse working conditions, and offering workable solutions.
Here is what Rollo Davies had to say, in part, about the magazine on its Linkedin page:
The Professional Security Officer Magazine is going to have interviews with award winning front line professionals telling stories that are sometimes amazing, sometimes concerning, but always providing ideas and hints that may be of use. There will be news and views that concern the men and women at the coal face. There will be a letters page with real security industry workers voicing their concerns and experiences. There will be reviews of kit that we may need or use on a daily basis. Or may want to start using.
We will be getting the unvarnished opinions from some industry movers and shakers about how they see the industry developing in relation to our roles, and.... each edition will have a new theme with several articles covering multiple aspects. There is further content that will be of interest, which we are currently developing. There may also be things that YOU want us to include? And we will.
It's YOUR magazine! Let us know.
Their first edition, Hardening the Target, can be viewed here.
The magazine's second edition, Health, safety and welfare at work, can be read here.
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.”