The definition of a bodyguard is a person or group of people employed to escort and protect an important or famous person.
The word is synonymous with the movie starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Huston in which he is charged with protecting Whitney, her family, and their property. In many ways, this portrayal is correct barring the knife fighting in the kitchen and falling in love with your client, it is a bodyguard or Close protection operatives (CPO) “as we prefer to be known in the UK” job to protect their principle (Client) from harm. This is done in many ways as depicted in the movie, researching your client followed by a full risk analysis, identifying potential threats, weaknesses and any particular areas that you can act upon. Hiring qualified and experienced staff to carry out specific duties and, in this modern age in-depth background checks of the original staff and in some cases any family where necessary. Installing Physical, electronic barriers like gates, cameras, and sensors, but overall putting in place procedures that will endeavor to make an attack on your client so difficult it’s not worth doing.
Training, or educating is something that is lacking from both sides of this equation, training oneself to avoid any rust and working with your principle on the actions that will be taken in case of emergency and, understanding soft skills that avoid escalating a situation.
Finally, the best CPO’s are, dedicated, drilled individuals constantly vigilant, resourceful and prepared for every eventuality. A person with a plan for each situation they encounter and not just a beefed-up Doorman pretending to play the part.
The Cheshire Group provides government-level security for Business leaders, celebrities, and sports personalities throughout the UK.
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