The BBC published a great story recently about two UK security officers and a CCTV control room operator who, through their heroic efforts, rescued a man who nearly drowned in the icy waters of the River Thames, which flows through London.
It's no surprise that the officers -- Habibi Syaaf, a Met Police constable; Ron Dowson, part of Parliament's security detail; and Dave Thomas, CCTV operator -- were humble in receiving accolades for their actions.
According to the BBC, Thomas first spotted the man and alerted Syaaf and Dowson, who found him in the water.
This is precisely how effective security should occur -- Thomas was the "eyes and ears," who then alerted the "boots on the ground" -- Syaaf and Dowson, who were able to make contact with the drowning man and rescue him.
The men posed with Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle, who praised them for their efforts. The International Foundation for Protection Officers would also like to extend commendations to the brave security professionals.
Here is part of what Syaaf said:
"I got down to the last step and urged him to give me his hand, but as I did he lost his grip from a metal mooring ring and started drifting away," he said. "I just shouted 'grab my hand' and managed to pull him back ... I'm not a hero - Ron and I just did what we are trained for and what we could do to help."
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.”