Posted by Mark Murry on Sunday, March 24, 2019 Under: Close Protection
Even though some countries and cities may report a decline in the level of crime dogging their jurisdiction, the truth is that crime is a reality that society and individuals must find ways to deal with. When it comes to personal protection, different persons have different needs depending on a number of factors such as status in society. This is where the role of bodyguards, also known as executive protection specialists, comes in. Indeed, the need for bodyguards has seen a rapid increase in line with the growing threat to personal safety presented by terrorism, crime and unpredictable stalkers.
In addition, prominent persons such as politicians, business persons, top level corporate executives and celebrities rely on the services of bodyguards to help them avoid pesky paparazzi and ensure they enjoy their privacy. Due to their high risk work environment and the high demand for their services, bodyguards are relatively well compensated.
But being an executive protection specialist takes hard work and dedication if one is to effectively execute their role. Bodyguards must be physically fit and in near perfect health. This will provide a good foundation for them to protect their client. Looking at the circle of persons their clients will frequently be in contact with, a specialist must also have great oral and written communication skills.
Moreover, bodyguards will come across different types of people during the course of duty and they must have good interpersonal skills while taking care not to compromise their client's safety. Today's bodyguards must make use of both brain and brawn. Apart from physically confronting and repelling threats against their client, bodyguards will sometimes be called upon to negotiate with the aggressor in order to avoid the threat from materializing into injury or fatality.
Bodyguards should also be observant and highly aware of their surroundings. In fact, a bodyguard must, where possible take the initiative of familiarizing themselves with an area prior to their client's arrival. This will help them to better make practical evacuation plans as well as take appropriate action when confronted with danger. For instance, they will be better positioned to identify which is the quickest escape route depending on what area of the compound or building the client is located at the time.
A bodyguard must be prepared to spend a lot of their time in solitude. The role of the bodyguard will often not require them to be in constant communication with their employer or the people around. Many times, a bodyguard will have to sit alone in a car or a room.
The modern day executive protection specialist must be prepared to apply for and attend certificate programs that will equip him or her with the required skills. The certificate programs usually run for a few months. One can go further and pursue a bachelors degree or an associate degree in law enforcement and criminal justice. Associate degrees take 2 years while the bachelor's degree goes for 4 years.
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