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A Guide for Everyone Joining the Security Industry

What an incredible experience. Never in my life did I think I'd be watching the sunrise over the golden limestone city of Jerusalem. Or staying the night in an ivy laden castle in Europe or exploring the vibrant markets...

The Advance: How to Do It Properly

I had a student once ask me, "So how would you describe your job to someone who doesn't understand what you do?" I responded with one sentence: "I identify problems and make them go away." The Advance Process is...

Why Clients Sometimes Prefer Female Executive Protection Officers

Is the woman that just exited the restaurant with a well-known business executive — a personal friend, the children's nanny, or an administrative assistant? You might be surprised to learn that many females in the company of businessmen and VIPs...

Work-Life Balance in Executive Protection

In October 2017, I received a call to say I would be the advance officer (AO) to Israel and Palestine for a government visit. After starting my career in executive protection (EP), this was my first overseas assignment to...

Competencies and Executive Protection in Latin America

The thousands of people who are regionally dedicated to protecting others face a daily dire dilemma between their original security role and the administrative role that de facto is required of them. This article digs deep into competencies for...

The Drawbacks of Second-Hand Body Armour

I remember the conversation I once had with a fellow security professional vividly. We discussed the different risks and threats our colleagues and friends face every day they go to work. The increasing level of violence, the fact that...

Traveling Can Make You a Storyteller, Operator, and Better Person

When I started gathering material and making notes for my book, The Protected, it wasn't long before I realized that many topics and examples primarily arose from my travel experiences. Maybe this is why the famed Berber-Moroccan scholar and...

Blunt Force: The Underreported Threat of the Security Professional

What is 'blunt force,' and what type of injuries result from blunt force impact? Please let me answer this question in the shortest possible way, without throwing some hyper-intellectual medical terminologies at you that I don't understand myself. So instead,...

Operational Emergency Medical Plan: Is Yours up to Scratch?

When developing all operations plans, the "advance," as we know, is crucial to a successful job. A robust emergency medical plan is always part of these arrangements, regardless of whether the job is simply driving the client to a...

Cut-Resistant Fabrics: Protecting Arteries, Nerves, Muscles, and Ligaments

It was on 13 March 2011 when my friend Craig Wylde was brutally assaulted. Having previously served as an Infantry soldier in the British Army, Craig ultimately became a prison officer at the Category A (high security) Frankland Prison,...

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The Importance of Using Executive Protection Services

Executive protection services ensure the safety of individuals in need in a world where nothing is secure. Threats will...

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