The Professional Protection Officer

The Professional Protection Officer

Practical Security Strategies and Emerging Trends

1st Edition - March 9, 2010

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  • Author: IFPO
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781856177467

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The Professional Protection Officer: Security Strategies, Tactics and Trends, Second Edition, is the definitive reference and instructional text for career oriented security officers in both the private and public sectors. The first edition 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 updated to reflect new strategies, tactics, and trends in this dynamic field.Written by leading security educators, trainers and consultants, this valuable resource 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: Security Strategies, Tactics and Trends is tailored to the training and certification needs of today’s protection professionals and proves to be the most exciting and progressive edition yet.

Key Features

  • Information included is designed to reflect the latest trends in the industry and to support and reinforce continued professional development
  • Concludes chapters with an Emerging Trends feature, laying the groundwork for the future growth of this increasingly vital profession
  • Written by a cross-disciplinary contributor team consisting of top experts in their respective fields


CPO candidates; security students

Table of Contents

  • UNIT 1: Foundations

    1. Concepts and Theories of Asset Protection

    2. Evolution of Asset Protection and Security

    3. Role of the Professional Protection Officer

    4. Protection Officer as a Leader

    5. Career Planning for Protection Professionals

    UNIT 2: Communications

    6. Effective Communications

    7. Security and Safety Awareness

    8. Central Alarm Stations/Dispatch Operations

    UNIT 3: Protection Officer Functions

    9. Automation in Protection Operations

    10. Patrol Principles and Practices

    11. Traffic Control

    12. Crowd Management and Special Event Planning

    UNIT 4: Crime Prevention and Physical Security

    13. Environmental Crime Control Theory

    14. Physical Security Concepts and Applications

    15. Alarm Systems: Principles of Operation

    16. Access Control

    17. Detection Equipment

    UNIT 5: Safety and Fire Prevention

    18. Fire Prevention, Detection and Response

    19. Occupational Safety and Health and the Protection Officer 

    20. An All-Hazards Approach to Hazardous Materials

    UNIT 6: Information Protection

    21. Information Security and Counterintelligence

    UNIT 7: Deviance, Crime and Violence in the Workplace

    22. Workplace Crime and Deviance

    23. Substance Abuse

    24. Workplace Violence

    25. Crisis Intervention

    26. Strikes, Lockouts, Labor Relations

    UNIT 8: Risk and Threat Management

    27. Risk Management

    28. Emergency Management Planning

    29. Threat of Terrorism

    30. Anti-Terrorism and VIP Protection

    UNIT 9: Investigations

    31. Investigation: Concepts and Practices for Security Professionals

    32. Crime and Incident Scene Procedure

    33. Interviewing and Interrogation

    34. Foundations for Surveillance

    35. Report Writing and Field Notes

    UNIT 10: Legal Aspects

    36. Legal Aspects of Security

    UNIT 11: Officer Safety and the Use of Force

    37. Use of Force

    38. Defensive Tactics and Officer Safety

    39. Industrial Hazards, Safety and The Security Officer

    40. Apprehension and Detention Procedures

    UNIT 12: Relations with Others

    41. Human Relations

    42. Public Relations

    43. Community Relations: Making the Strategy Come Alive

    44. Networking and the Liason Function

    45. Ethics and Professionalism

Product details

  • No. of pages: 624
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2010
  • Published: March 9, 2010
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781856177467

About the Author


The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO), headquartered in Naples, FL, was developed to facilitate the training and certification needs of first-time security officers and supervisors throughout the private and public security industry. It was registered as a nonprofit organization in January 1998, with offices in the United States and Canada. The Foundation works with corporations, colleges and protection professionals to develop professional growth opportunities for students and career security professionals.

IFPO publications include The Protection Officer Training Manual, now in its 7th edition, and Security Supervision and Management: The Theory and Practice of Asset Protection.

Affiliations and Expertise

International Foundation for Protection Officers, Naples, FL

About the Editor

Sandi Davies

Sandi J Davies has served as the Executive Director of the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) for more than 25 years. She is the former Chairperson of the Security Services Council for ASIS International, and is currently a member of the Security Services Council and the Women In Security Council of ASIS International. Sandi has edited eight editions of The Professional Protection Officer, as well as all four editions of Security Supervision: Theory and Practice of Asset Protection.

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive Director, International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO)

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