Many prospective close protection executives have a misguided impression that the job is as shown in the movies. This is however not the case, as comp
Many prospective close protection executives have a misguided impression that the job is as shown in the movies. This is however not the case, as compared to the movies where they follow a written script, in real life, you deal with unpredicted incidents.
Ideally, the CPO should keep off potential danger and threats to their client. These possible risks involves kidnapping, terrorist attacks , loss of highly restricted data etc. The clientele base varies from celebrities in the entertainment industry, politicians, top executives in multimillion companies and many more. Multiple bodyguards are usually used in executing duties for these high profile individuals. On the other hand, lower profile individuals require one bodyguard, who mostly doubles up as the driver.
This is an obvious responsibility of a CPO. The actual task varies based on how much risk the client is exposed to and what kind of client it is. The more popular or valuable a client is, the more the risk they are bound to be exposed to. Your work here could range from being on the lookout for snipers, traps on the way or explosives in the car etc. The type of client also dictates your role in that it could be a celebrity wanting to enjoy a day out without being harassed by paparazzi, so your job is to keep them off.
Based on skills and experience, a bodyguard could double up as a CPO and a driver. In other cases, you can be assigned the duty of sweeping an area for bugs and conducting background checks. When working as a driver CPO, having defensive driving skills comes as an added advantage. There are instances when you will be walking on foot with your client, so it is necessary to be alert to the environment. There are some vehicles that are bulletproof and have special reinforcement for additional security and safety for the client and yourself.
A typical day of a bodyguard
The team leader conducts a brief every morning of what is expected of the team for that day. The potential threats are assessed based on the clients schedule for the day and necessary action plans are discussed in this brief. All people expected to be in the same event as the principle is also shared to all team members.
Vehicle inspection is the first duty a driver CPO does before the client boards it. There could be just one car or a convoy, usually all uniform in make and colour, depending on the risk assessment report or the particular principle.
Driving the client
After inspection, the car is usually parked right next to the client’s door. The car or cars are always manned either by the driver or other team members. In some instances you will be expected to cover the client as they enter or exit the car.
Enroute with the client
Once they have safely entered the car, you now have the responsibility of taking them to their scheduled destination. There may be predetermined routes and set escape routes if need be. Streets with slow traffic, tunnels as well as narrow bridges should be avoided. Public transport should be avoided as well.