The International Foundation for Protection Officers and Security Magazine are announcing a second category to the prestigious Bill Zalud Award for Outstanding Professional Excellence. In addition to the individual award, there will now be one for security officer team or department team.

If you know an outstanding security officer and if you know an outstanding team, apply online! The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2022.

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ABOUT BILL ZALUD:  Zalud served in the U.S. Army for many years.  In 1987, Zalud became the editor of SECURITY MAGAZINE and SDM Magazine. He spent over three decades covering and shaping the security industry.  His knowledge of the industry, his readers, the advertisers of the publications and their products and services brought great value to his contributions.

In 2009, Zalud became the editor emeritus working with Editor Diane Ritchey.  He continued to do research, writing insightful articles, columns and blogs.  He wrote the Zalud Report, a popular column about technology and industry trends, up until a few years ago.  The archives of his column are available online at


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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.

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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.

Vision Statement

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.”