Executive Protection 101: The Security For VIPs
There’s MORE to it than standing and waiting!
The protection of lives and properties take on different forms based on the peculiarities of the situation. At some point, human security is required, at other times animal security (dogs) are used and there are times when neither human nor animal are used but systems (CCTV, alarms, trackers etc).
Meaning there is no one-size-fit-all approach to security. A successful security strategy is one that takes into account the unique attributes of the particular situation or scenario for which security is needed. Without a careful and analytical understanding and assessment of the particular situation, creating a sound security strategy is not possible. To secure, you must understand what’s at stake!
Bearing this in mind is what led to the creation of another aspect of human security known as close personal protection or executive protection. Because there are primarily 3 places in the life of an individual where danger can strike; at work, at home or in transit (in between work and home). To ensure that no stone is left unturned in ensuring the protection of lives, close personal protection or executive protection was created to fill up this security gap in people’s life. This is different from the popularly known aspect of human security –man guarding.
Executive Protection Defined
Executive protection is the provision of specialized security agents, specialists or professionals to protect corporate executives, VIPs, celebrities and some political or religious dignitaries. It is a security program designed around the lifestyle, family and environment of the individual being protected.
It means anticipating, preparing and planning for any contingency that would place the person being protected in a life-threatening position or situation. It is not a job of confrontation but rather a planned response to an unavoidable situation. The object is to deter an attack or avoid any confrontation rather than exposing the person being protected to danger. The core essence is to remove the client from harm’s way!
While man guarding involved the provision of security guards to ensure the safety of lives and properties within a given private or public premises. Close personal protection or executive protection involves the personal protection of one life by another human. It involves the use of highly trained security specialists who put themselves in danger for the safety and security of one person. To paint the picture more clearly, think about the U.S. Secret Service agents protecting the president of America!
The focus is on one person rather than on a particular premises. The focus is on protecting the life of the individual rather than protecting individual’s property. The focus is on keeping the individual alive at all cost even at the expense of the security personnel. Of all forms of human security, close personal protection or executive protection is at the top of this form of security. Their role is to bring together all available security measures to secure the life of the individual being protected.
These include security surveys (residential, business and travel); advance planning, preparation and implementation; psychological and physical concerns of the protected; adapting to changing and variable circumstances; electronic and technological eavesdropping; environmental security engineering; threat assessment; defensive tactics and many more.
Executive Protection Is NOT Body guarding!
It is commonly known as body guarding, but it is far MORE than body guarding. Executive protection or close personal protection requires more skills and professionalism other than MUSCLES. Executive protection is more about brains than muscles. It is about security intelligence rather than physical fitness. The term bodyguard is used to describe a hefty looking person often found at club houses as bouncers. This is NOT what executive protection or close personal protection entails.
The differences between a bodyguard and a close personal protection agent are in education, training and skills. A bodyguard relies more on size, combative skills and intimidation (muscle power) while a close personal protection agent relies more planning, anticipation and preparedness (brain power).
Again, there’s MORE to executive protection than standing and waiting!
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