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The Professional Protection Officer

Practical Security Strategies and Emerging Trends

The Professional Protection Officer, eight edition (formerly titled Protection Officer Training Manual) is the definitive reference and instructional text for career-oriented security officers in both the private and public sectors. The first edition of this title originated with the birth of the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) in 1988, which has been using the book as the official text since that time. Each subsequent edition has brought new and enlightened information to the protection professional. The material in this new edition includes all of the subjects essential to training of protection professionals, and has been renamed to reflect new strategies, tactics, and trends in this dynamic field.

The eighth edition of The Professional Protection Officer contains 12 units and 45 chapters written by leading security educators, trainers and consultants. It has served as the definitive text for both students and professionals worldwide. This new edition adds critical updates and fresh pedagogy, as well as new diagrams, illustrations, and self-assessments. The Professional Protection Officer is tailored to the training and certification needs of today’s protection professionals and proves to be the most exciting and progressive edition yet!

CPO candidates

Paperback, 623 Pages

Published: March 2010

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-1-85617-746-7


  • "The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) has produced one of their most ambitious works to date: an expansion of their private security education manual published in 1988. More than two dozen contributors provided material for the book’s 45 chapters of officer training material-much of it new….Topics from traffic control to hazardous materials demonstrate the manual’s diversity of topics. The authors finish each chapter with a segment that discusses emerging trends, making the manual itself an asset to acquire and protect for any security professional."--Richard Petraitis, Security Management Magazine


  • UNIT 1: Foundations

    Chapter 1: Concepts and Theories of Asset Protection

    Chapter 2: Evolution of Asset Protection and Security

    Chapter 3: Role of the Professional Protection Officer

    Chapter 4: Protection Officer as a Leader

    Chapter 5: Career Planning for Protection Professionals UNIT 2: Communications

    Chapter 6: Effective Communications

    Chapter 7: Security and Safety Awareness

    Chapter 8: Central Alarm Stations/Dispatch Operations

    UNIT 3: Protection Officer Functions

    Chapter 9: Automation in Protection Operations

    Chapter 10: Patrol Principles and Practices

    Chapter 11: Traffic Control

    Chapter 12: Crowd Management and Special Event Planning

    UNIT 4: Crime Prevention and Physical Security

    Chapter 13: Environmental Crime Control Theory

    Chapter 14: Physical Security Concepts and Applications

    Chapter 15: Alarm Systems: Principles of Operation

    Chapter 16: Access Control

    Chapter 17: Detection Equipment

    UNIT 5: Safety and Fire Prevention

    Chapter 18:  Fire Prevention, Detection and Response

    Chapter 19: Occupational Safety and Health and the Protection Officer 

    Chapter 20: An All-Hazards Approach to Hazardous Materials

    UNIT 6: Information Protection

    Chapter 21: Information Security and Counterintelligence

    UNIT 7: Deviance, Crime and Violence in the Workplace

    Chapter 22: Workplace Crime and Deviance

    Chapter 23: Substance Abuse

    Chapter 24: Workplace Violence

    Chapter 25: Crisis Intervention

    Chapter 26: Strikes, Lockouts, Labor Relations

    UNIT 8: Risk and Threat Management

    Chapter 27: Risk Management

    Chapter 28: Emergency Management Planning

    Chapter 29: Threat of Terrorism

    Chapter 30: Anti-Terrorism and VIP Protection

    UNIT 9: Investigations

    Chapter 31: Investigation: Concepts and Practices for Security Professionals

    Chapter 32: Crime and Incident Scene Procedure

    Chapter 33: Interviewing and Interrogation

    Chapter 34: Foundations for Surveillance

    Chapter 35: Report Writing and Field Notes

    UNIT 10: Legal Aspects

    Chapter 36: Legal Aspects of Security

    UNIT 11: Officer Safety and the Use of Force

    Chapter 37: Use of Force

    Chapter 38: Defensive Tactics and Officer Safety

    Chapter 39: Industrial Hazards, Safety and The Security Officer

    Chapter 40: Apprehension and Detention Procedures

    UNIT 12: Relations with Others

    Chapter 41: Human Relations

    Chapter 42: Public Relations

    Chapter 43: Community Relations: Making the Strategy Come Alive

    Chapter 44: Networking and the Liason Function

    Chapter 45: Ethics and Professionalism


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