Welcome to the Illinois Security Professionals Association® (ISPA). ISPA is a duly registered 501(c)6 Not-for-Profit organization under IRS guidelines. The organization is comprised of security professionals, law enforcement and public safety professionals who are committed to working together and promoting professional relationships within the industry.

Members can expect forums for networking opportunities, the exchange of ideas and information, professional development and legislative initiatives benefiting security professionals.

ISPA has a proud history of industry involvement and since 1961 has been the leading organization promoting cooperation between law enforcement and security organizations. Throughout the years, we have fostered collaborations with the FBI, US Secret Service, Dept. of Homeland Security, Illinois State Police, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, and other first responders throughout Illinois.

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Comprised of security professionals committed to working together and promoting professional
relationships within the industry.

Promoting cooperation between law enforcement and private security organizations since 1961.

2021 Awards/Honors Gala
December 14, 2021

2021 Awards/Honors Gala


Who represents the security industry in Illinois? The Illinois Security Professionals Association.

Sponsoring the Awards/Honors Gala puts you and your brand in front of security professionals from across the State of Illinois who are actively engaged in the security industry. Our members trust I.S.P.A. as a resource for delivering an excellent value proposition and finding programs and products that will enhance their professional lives. Become seen and heard! Let us help amplify your brand. After all, we are the "Voice for Security" in the State of Illinois.

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Ron VasserMy membership in the Illinois Security Professionals Association (ISPA) has been an extremely rewarding and educational experience. I have attended many educational forum series programs that were given by industry experts.

It is priceless to be a member of the ISPA and be able to network, establish friendships and working relationships with other members who represent both the public and private sectors of security, law enforcement, public safety, loss prevention and protection programs. It is sometimes said “it’s the company you keep that counts.”

Ronald Vasser
Full Armor Protection Group

Corey BurrageI joined ISPA in 2017 and was honored to receive the “Excellence In Security Operations” award in 2019. In my position of security service at the Art Institute of Chicago, ISPA has provided me with additional resources in relation to education, training and mentorship which is necessary to have in any Security profession as my #1 priority is protecting our history at the Art institute of Chicago.

ISPA has helped me in various ways. I encourage all security service providers to link with the ISPA for expert ideas and growing your business.

Cory Burrage, CIPM II, CIPI
Art Institute of Chicago

Ernie KuhnkeI view my membership in ISPA as an investment in my future. ISPA helps me keep up to date on changes in the private security industry through a variety of educational offerings.The colleagues and mentors I have met have helped me grown in my career.

Ernie Kuhnke CIPM
Cox Enterprises, Inc.
2020-2022 ISPA President

G. Michael Verden

G. Michael Verden.
The Lake Forest Group
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Upcoming Events

August 5  Uncovering the Hidden Costs of Video Surveillance - This will be a live meeting at the East Bank Club.

Sept. 9  Competing in the US Contract Security Market

Oct. 14   ISPA Annual Meeting

Dec. 14  60th Annual Awards/Honors Gala
             Hyatt Regency McCormick Place