The Professional Protection Officer

Practical Security Strategies and Emerging Trends


  • IFPO, International Foundation for Protection Officers, Naples, FL

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!

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Book information

  • Published: March 2010
  • 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

Table of Contents

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