D.C. Police Chief Admits that Charlie Sheen Escort Violated Department Policies

In his article in the Washington Times about the Charlie Sheen Police Escort,  Matthew Cella quoted MPD Police Chief Cathy Lanier as having admitted that the Sheen escort broke multiple department rules.  No offense Cathy or Matthew, but those of us in the Executive Protection field realized that, the minute we saw crazy Charlie taking a cell phone picture of the speed odometer, documenting for the world to see that the D.C. Police cruiser in front was pushing 80 miles an hour, 30 miles outside of their jurisdiction.

I do have to say, that Chief Lanier sounded very honest and open during the WTOP radio interview this afternooon when talking about how one of her “middle managers” (“probably a Lieutenant”, she said) wrongfully authorized the problematic escort of a Hollywood celebrity.  I was about ready to give her a “thumbs up” until she began justifying why her officers would have broken the rules.   

Chief Lanier went on to tell the interviewer that it wasn’t really that surprising that her officers went outside of their jurisdiction, sped and drove with their emergency lights flashing.  “Afterall”, she said, “Police are only human and we can’t expect them not to be awe struck when dealing with celebrities”.  What you talkin’ about Cathy? 

Yes, Police Officers are human, but no – they are certainly not like the average citizen.  They go through a different training, have broad sweeping powers that regular people do not share and have the ability to take another’s liberty and even life, if necessary.  They should damn well be held to a higher standard and we should expect far more from them than we would do from a 13 year old girl waiting for a “Bieber appearance” outside of a concert hall.  

I would wager that if you took a survey of all Executive Protection Agents (definitely all E.P. Agency owners), they would tell you that when they are hired to work in close proximity of a celebrity, they are not “awe struck” by that person.  If I ever discovered that one of my bodyguards had broken the law or embarrased my company or themselves on an E.P. detail, that would be the last time they would work for me.  The ironic thing is that when it comes to private sector Executive Protection, most Agents are more highly trained and experienced than local Police Officers.         

Apparently, the Metropolitan Police Department rules allows officers to perform escort duty for The President, Vice Prez, visiting Heads of State and the Mayor.  I sure am glad that I am not an MPD “middle manager” trying to figure out which category that “Tiger Blood” Charlie fits into. 

Overseas travel could be more dangerous following Bin Laden’s death.

While the U.S. (and other Nations) rejoices following the news of Bin Laden’s death, those about to embark on overseas travel, especially those holding U.S. passports, should exercise extreme caution.

Not only has the State Department issued travel alerts (http://www.emergencyemail.org/newsemergency/anmviewer.asp?a=1058&z=1 ), but a plethora of INTEL and Govt. types have also issued warnings concerning the need to be aware of the possibility of retaliatory attacks.   It is too simplistic to feel that Bin Laden’s demise will bring about the downfall of Al-Qaeda.  

Whilst it is true that the A.Q. organization will be “leaderless” until they can find a suitable replacement, this does not mean that they are not capable of inflicting serious casualties to “get back” at those who have denied them of their leader.  This can be looked upon as a type of “wounded animal” syndrome. 

Speaking on CNN’s “Piers Morgan” last night, former NYC Mayor, Rudy Giuliani said; “in the short term we are in more danger, but in the longer term, we will be safer”.  The question remains however; ”how long is “in the short term”?  I have an immediate vested interest in trying to understand the viewpoint of these grieving radicals, since I will be flying to a volatile part of Asia next week.

My advice is not to take chances with your safety.  If travel can not be avoided or postponed, focus intently on your own personal safety and on the safety of those you send overseas – whether employees or family members.  This reminds me of a call I received from a potential client last year. 

He and other staff members were going to Pakistan to form a joint venture involving a lucrative project for his company.  He was concerned for their safety and asked about bringing U.S. bodyguards on the trip.  The host company in Pakistan told him that they would provide the foreigners with local security.

Having worked around the world on many International assignments, I was experienced in how certain countries train their personnel.  I advised the potential new client to bring experienced U.S. security personnel as part of their team.  The busines owner was concerned that he might insult his new business partners if they discovered that they had brought their own security consultants. 

This is why it is important to find a highly experienced security consultant and LISTEN to what they tell you.  There are ways to include highly trained and experienced security personnel with your staff so that they blend in as engineers or legal assitants or whatever else may be your business.  What you should NEVER do, is to to compromise your safety or the safety of your employees.   

If something happens, what effect do you think it will have on your company’s reputation?  Ask yourself is it worth it.  Our advice to you is not to rely on local resources, but to bring those experts with you – either openly or covertly.  Remember that training standards in many other parts of the world are nowhere near the level that they are in the U.S.

Bodyguards on YouTube

A lot of people think they know what a bodyguard does. It is definitely not all about being chased by bad guys at 90 mph or shooting while hanging out of moving vehicles.

It is however, very similar to this YouTube video. This is a typical detail – picking up a client from the airport and escorting them back to their hotel or a shopping trip.

If you happen to be in Las Vegas in about three weeks, you can find out more about working as an Executive Protection Agent, as we will hold our “Introduction to Executive Protection” on 3/20/11.

Anyone who attends the one day training will have their fee reimbursed if they later decide to take one of our Personal Protection Specialist training programs.

Do you have what it takes to be a Bodyguard?

Introduction to Executive Protection in Las Vegas


There are many people across the United States who wonder what it would be like to be a bodyguard…how much money can you make, what it would be like to work with the rich and famous…

If you have ever considered working as an Executive Protection Agent, you may have researched the type of school you would need to attend for this specialized training. If you did, you probably know that the cost is a few thousand dollars.

For most people, that is a considerable investment – speaking of the short term anyway. Long term – it is little compared to college tuition and after you are certified, you can make a lucrative living and have an exciting career, that many others can only dream about.

If you are considering a career change,taking early retirement, or perhaps know someone who is thinking about Executive Protection as a career, wouldn’t it be better to find out first hand what is involved before paying out money for something that you/they are not even sure might be the right choice?

We think so, that is why we hold E.P. introduction classes in various cities around the United States. Our next Bodyguard Intro class will be held in downtown Las Vegas on 3/20/11. We will share all the “secrets” about being a bodyguard in that class. Attendees may ask as many questions as they need in order to decide if working as an Executive Protection Agent is really for them.

Some of the topics which will be discussed include; how much money you can expect to make – both in the U.S. and overseas (very important when it comes to getting an assignment as you want to be sure you are being paid a fair amount), how to work overseas, how to network and build a list of contacts that will assist you with employment, what a school should be teaching you,what they should be charging you (it is just as bad to pay too little as it is to pay too much), different laws in the U.S., when you can carry a weapon, etc.

This is only a small example of what you will learn during the presentation. The cost to attend the class is $125.00 and is a small investment when you consider it could save you $1000′s. As an added benefit, we will even refund the class fee to anyone who wishes to take our E.P. training in Las Vegas in September or, at any other location within 12 months of the presentation.

Remember, this presentation is not just for our training, but for the Executive Protection profession as a whole. Armed with all of the insider information we will give, you will be in a far better position to make an informed decision on not only where to train and how much to spend, but if this line of work is really for you.

Seating is strictly limited, so to reserve your place in class and to avoid disappointment, e-mail us at; training@sextonsecurity.com for a registration form today. Unless you would rather go to the introduction seminar in May – but that will be held in Bangkok.

Las Vegas – Introduction to Executive Protection 3/20/11

The Profession Needs More Clients like Jennifer Aniston

Sometime you can’t but help feel sorry for celebrities. Take Jennifer Aniston.

Writing for the M&C site yesterday, Isla Harvey reported that Ms. Aniston visited Al Biernat’s restaurant in Dallas last Saturday and had a team of bodyguards “sweep” the inside before entering.

The article then makes mention that four bodyguards protected Ms. Aniston and the cast from her latest movie; “Just Go With It”. The tone of the article is that Ms. Aniston’s safety precautions were “over the top”.

Why would anybody think that a top box office attraction like Ms. Aniston (not to mention she was accompanied by another famous star; Adam Sandler), would not be concerned for her safety?

The writer highlights the fact that the Ambassador to Ireland recently dined at the same restaurant and was only accompanied by one bodyguard. Did they ever stop to think that maybe 99% of the people in the U.S. would not recognize the Ambassador to Ireland if he passed them in the street?

We say congratulations to Ms. Aniston for taking her safety so seriously. She is a brand name and just like Rolex or Gucci will fight to protect their brand, so should she.

Here’s hoping that more clients pay more attention to their security in 2011 and beyond. Here’s also hoping that the media will act responsibly and not belittle someone trying to do the right thing for the sake of a “story”.

Back to reality – we’ll settle for people paying more attention to their security.

Keeping Your Edge and Not Letting Your Guard Down

SEXTON Team members provided coverage for a very unique asset at the D.C. Car Show.

Our client recently purchased “Barricade” – the Saleen Mustang specially built for the hit hollywood movie; “The Transformers”. The owner then graciously allowed it to be viewed at the D.C. auto show over the past two weeks.

The client knew every square inch of the vehicle and lovingly pointed out every piece that had Hollywood history attahced to it – such as the three small dents on the lower driver’s door where a stunt man on a bicycle ran into the car in one scene.

At the end of the evening on the last night, preparations were underway to remove the security tape and rope barriers so that the vehicle and others could be driven through the sallyport and out of the D.C. Covention Center.

In a couple of split seconds as “Barricade” was being readied for the drive, a Convention employee came over to the vehicle and sat down against the side of it. This annoyed the client, who had been buffing down the vehicle every day and making sure that nobody got close to it.

One of our Agents was within two to three feet of where the woman decided to sit, so he was able to encourage her to move without much delay. It was however, a good lesson to show that even when a detail may be “winding down”, Agents can’t afford to let their guard down.

Nor should Agents concentrate on trying to profile a threat. By keeping an open mind and open eyes, you will be better prepared for any thing that comes along, in any shape or form. Just because a person works at a facility (how about if they only “appear” to be working?), does not guarantee that they are legit.

Anyone who has ever conducted investigations in the workplace knows that employees often get hired without sufficent (or any) background checks having been performed. At the end of the day, it is the protective Agent who has the responsibility to make sure that a bad guy do not “slip through the cracks”.

Stay alert, stay on point and expect the unexpected.

Brooklyn Congressman Hires Bodyguard


The New York Post, carrying a story by Natalie O’Neill, is reporting that the first politician to openly admit to hiring a bodyguard for protection in the wake of the Arizona killings is Congressman Micheal Grimm (R- Bay Ridge), from Brooklyn.

In an ironic twist of fate, all of Congressman Grimm’s Democratic collegaues in Brooklyn are stating that they have no intention of hiring security to ensure their safety. Grimm, a former Marine, is not only concerned for his own safety, but the safety of his staffers who accompany him.

It would appear that the decision for many politicians not to hire professional security is down to two reasons. Firstly, they would have to pay for it themselves and secondly, they are afraid of creating barriers between them and their consituents.

Regarding the first concern, it should not be too difficult or controversial to introduce a stipend to assist elected officals hire professional security personnel when they feel a need and can demonstrate that a potential threat may exist.
Afterall, the government already outsources these types of duties to private security firms for coverage in the U.S. and abroad.

Regarding the public being denied access to elected officals, this does not necessarily have to be the case. Whenever talk comes around to security, it is often linked to phrases like; “big, burly security guards”. The public and media alike should realize that Personal Protection, when conducted in a professional manner, is not as obtrusive as one might think.

Personal Protection or Close Protection, involves protecting a person in a very covert manner. Highly trained professionals remain in close enough contact with the person being protected in order to allow them to take action if necessary, whilst at the same time keeping their distance and allowing the person (in this case politician)to engage with the public.

Much planning goes on behind the scenes to allow for this “free flowing” movement. Professionals have an array of tools and devices to aid them. The days of the “big, burly security guard” blocking people’s path are over (for the more enlightened clients anyway). A professional bodyguard could easily pass as a politician’s aide and nobody would be any the wiser.

For more information on Executive Protection Services and to learn how to become an Executive Protection Agent, please visit the E.P. and Training pages of our website; www.sextonsecurity.com.

Do Bodyguards Scare "Friendly" People?

We are seeing a lot being written following the recent tragic events in Tuscon. An article in The Atlantic makes some statements which are bound to raise many eyebrows from those working within the private sector.

In the piece titled; “How to protect members of Congress”,the writer states that it would be better to use local Police instead of bodyguards, since the Police won’t intimidate “friendly” people from attending the event (and bodyguards would?).

After making comments and an argument for using Law Enforcement, the article then becomes self-contradictory by stating that many Law Enforcement Agencies (including the U.S. Secret Service) do not have the available resources to assign officers/agents to protective duties for everyone who may ask for it.

The article does however, raise some good points and provide relevant information. One example is a quote from Gavin de Becker regarding the benefits of keeping the general public back from the speaker, which allows the protectors adequate time to spot a potential problem person.

My favorite “bad choice” from the article has to be regarding the fact that Police will be able to spot someone approaching with bad intentions. The writer could do well to spend a few days visiting some E.P. training schools in the country in order to get an idea of how E.P. Agents are trained.

I think the writers should receive some feed back from our profession. They don’t seem to have done their homework in their rush to get out this topical article. The floor is all yours, ladies and gentlemen. I think it time to shed some light.

New Anti-Paparazzi Law in California


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 2479 into Law, making it a crime for paparazzi and others to follow recklessly in a vehicle in order to secure footage.

It will now also be against the law for paparazzi types to block a person’s path as they try to get away. Readers might remember that Princess Diana’s driver crashed the vehicle killing all but the bodyguard in an effort to escape from the paparazzi’s glare in Paris.

Private Investigator Jesse Martell thinks that the law should be more restrictive, allowing only P.I.s and Law Enforcement Officials to conduct vehicle surveillance. This is how the law is written in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Clients are often surprised and shocked to discover that they can not follow their spouse, significant other or employee in order to catch them cheating or stealing. Clients should always be aware of the law.

If information is obtained in an illegal manner (and sometime even Police and private investigators are guilty of this),that information is classed as “fruit of the poisonous tree” and will be thrown out of court.

It would appear as if there will be less scuffles between Executive Protection Agents and the paparazzi in the future – at least in California. We will have to wait to see if the old phrase holds true: “As does California, so does the rest of the Country”.