(Bodyguard) Training your way to success

I was talking to a colleague’s wife today who had been thinking of leaving her well paid job for greener pastures. She knew it would be difficult to find better as she is making very high five figures and has tenure and great benefits.

She was surprised though that she did not receive one reply after sending out 12 applications. Not even a “thank you”. She has now changed her mind about making any changes and is more content with the job she has.

If you work construction, admin or a customer service position, it’s difficult and time consuming to work your way up in the organization. Afterall, there are a lot of people who can do what you do and when that happens, upward mobility is limited. In other words, be careful about asking for a pay raise.

Training in Executive Protection is a different story, however. A person who has made up their mind to be an E.P. Agent can not only make good money, but can carve out a career that could involve working with celebrities (both pros and cons),working overseas, working in exciting locations, etc.

We should point out, that “making one’s mind up” is only a beginning. Specialized training is the most important step after you have decided that this is the right decision for you. This is the kind of training that SEXTON will be holding in Orlando from 11/7 – 11/13/10.

At this last Personal Protection Specialist training program of 2010, we will teach all attendees the importance of not only making up their minds to be E.P. Agents, but how to be the type of Agent who will build a great reputation and be requested to work for many different clients on many different assignments. The secret is not just to “Be”, but to “Be the Best”.

If you are ready to be the best, contact us at; training@sextonsecurity.com
to make sure your registration gets in before the deadline. Train to do a specialized job where companies will be looking for you. We know what we are talking about. We look for the best graduates from each class and hire them to protect our own clients.

What happens when the bodyguard is unable to protect?

Because of what we do and the dangerous situations in which many of us have done it,Close Protection Officers/Executive Protection Agents often chose to ignore the question of their own mortality. Indeed, many believe themselves to be immortal.

That does not mean however, that the businesses for whom we work should also ignore the fact that we may not physically be able to complete every mission. Take the case in point of the heir to the throne of England; Prince Charles.

Prince Charles was flying from London to new Delhi for the opening of the Commonwealth Games when his Royal Protector suffered a massive heart attack.

The story reports that some major shuffling had to occur to secure a back-up (which nearly sounds like the successor to the throne only had one Protector and if that was the case, the Special Unit responsible for protecting the British Royal Family, SO14, did not seem to be too well prepared for an unforseen emergency).

People can suffer heart attacks at any age, which is one thing we in the profession should keep in mind. One wonders how often this close protection officer had medical check-ups and if the traditional “once a year” is really adequate.

Which leads to the next question; How many business owners are aware of their Agents’ state of health? Many are probably afraid of the HIPA restrictions, but in this line of work, we owe it to the client to know if our people have high cholesterol or blood pressure, or any other ailment that might cause them to become ineffective.

Modern medical science and advances in technology help to increase longevity, but the idea of taking care of oneself was known to our professional predecessors more than a thousand years ago.

In 9th Century Japan,the Samurai warriors began compiling their wise insights into what later became known as “The Code of the Warrior”, from which the strict Code of Ethics, Bushido derived.

One only has to read a quote from the Samurai in the english language translation and adaptation by Don Schmincke (The Code of the Executive) to understand how important their role of protecting their master was to them; “Executive Warriors who forget about death are apt to take to unhealthy excess in food and wine and ignore exercise, so that they die unexpectedly early from diseases of the liver, heart, and immune system Even when they are alive, their illness makes the useless to anyone”.

Students attending our Las Vegas bodyguard training to get a discount

When bodyguards think of “shooting” it is usually the type of shooting involving guns. Not in October in Las Vegas, however! The SEXTON Security Training Academy is working on having their upcoming Personal Protection Specialist Training program filmed for television.

As a result, we are giving all students attending our Nationally acclaimed training in Las Vegas from 10/3 to 10/9 a $350 discount to offset any inconvenience experienced during the shooting. Discounts are also available for our Veterans wishing to attend training.

Class size will be strictly limited to allow for extra room needed by cameras and crew. The intense training week will culminate on the eve of graduation with a gala dinner and the announcement of the top performer of the week being presented with the coveted Sexton “MVP” award.

For more information and to request a registration form to secure your seat in training, e-mail us at; training@sextonsecurity.com.

Not all convicted felons are sex offenders

This week’s blog which asked the question; “would you hire a convicted felon”, received so many comments that we decided to do a follow-up blog instead of answering each comment individually.

The first thing that stood out, was that all of the comments revolved around sex offenders. That was unusual since the theme of the blog was not about sex offenders, but advising would-be employers to be careful about pre-judging job seekers.

It would appear that the topic of sex offenders is one which requires additional attention. I would like to mention at this time, that due to the one-sided nature of most of the comments, it would appear as if most, maybe all of those making the comments had either been convicted of a sex crime in their past, or were closely connected to someone who had.

So then, what did we say that caused so many feathers to be ruffled? It would appear that much of what was written was taken out of context. Nearly all of the comments spoke to the nature of the sex offender’s crime. It should have already been very clear, I was not investigating this guy, therefore I do not know what his exact charges related to, other than being a sex crime.

Unlike those of you who commented though, I would not automatically jump to conclusions that it was “mere mooning” or a “he said, she said” situation. Do those of you making these comments really believe that all sex offenders are guilty of nothing more than a “technicality”?

By the same token, do you succumb to the notion that nobody in jail is actually guilty of any wrong doing? Who do you think commits bank robberies and murders, or rapes and child molestations?

If you believe that you got a raw deal, by all means discuss it. By all means, educate the readers. I am sure that the greater majority of people do not realize that one can be convicted of a sex crime for mooning a urinating in public. Use the forum to enlighten.

If, on the other hand, your purpose is to get people to feel sorry for you, then you are doing yourself and the readers a grave diservice. Know that we will publish your comments and reply to them openly. We are not afraid of controversy and do not have to worry about satisfying an Editor’s demands or pissing off our advertisers.

Speaking of replying to comments, those of you who claimed that I was using sex offenders to promote my business are giving way too much credit to the power of blogs. For the record, I have not done any business relating to sex offenders since the last blog was published. If I had, I would state that I had done so without hesitation.

It is the nature of business to engage in self-promotion. Ever heard of a car dealer running ads on television and in newspapers? If we “drum up” business as a result of a blog, that is considered a bonus. It is not however, the main purpose of writing. I write to educate and inform.

There are over three hundred blogs here. Take a look through them and you will see that they give people tips and information on how to safeguard themselves, protect their employees, business and other assets. You will also see that we give professional advice to investigators and bodyguards.

To the person who wrote that I was riding the sex offender gravy train….is there really such a train? I will say that some of your comments did have some merit. For instance, the person who said that the employer would not fire this sex offender based on heresay – yes I agree, nor should they fire him based on rumors alone.

As for the person who doubted that the sex offender said anything inappropriate – what planet are you from? Are you the same one who thinks that jails are bursting at the seams with innocent people? The fact that some of his female colleagues are afraid to step forward and drop a dime on him, does not make him innocent – it just shows that they are afraid.

Most of you making these comments should not be surprised that they have not stepped forward. Didn’t you step behind the veil of annonymity to voice your opinion?

The next time, think about how you can state your case in a fair and balanced manner. I’d also advise you to read and understand what was written before rushing to comment.

You just might find that people will be more inclined to see your point of view if you are capable of seeing theirs.

When a bodyguard looks like a lost sheep.

There are people out there who think anybody can be a bodyguard – especially if you are big and/or look like you know what you are doing. Some of these people are called Clients, whilst others are called “colleagues”.

I can forgive the clients. They know no better. Our “colleagues” however, can not be forgiven as they should definitely know better. Would you like an example?

I’ll actually provide two(real)examples. There is a security company who provides security to embassies. They began by providing just uniformed security personnel, but discovered quite soon that providing Executive Protection could be another revenue stream for them.

One day a Middle Eastern client requested E.P. agents to accompany female Principals around Washington D.C. The company did not have any personnel properly trained in Executive Protection (may still be the case), but seeing the potential for extra billing, they dispatched two uniform females.

The females had no clue what they should do and to their credit, advised a supervisor of this fact. They were told; “put on civilian clothes and just walk behind the Princesses”. This was told to me by a staff member.

More recently, we had a large team of Agents involved in a celebrity red carpet event. I had been in contact with the promoter for days before the event and was appraised on possible threats – both known and anticipated.

Due to the existence of certain incidents which occurred just days before the event, we discussed the need to increase the number of agents and provided literature and intel to all of the agents involved. Based on the information we had, we increased the level of security in certain areas where we anticipated problems.

The Director of Security for the venue walked our team around the facility and pointed out emergency exits, doors accessed only by his staff and any area that might be considered to have a weakness. He even “loaned” us four personnel from his department to assist us in our efforts.

Shortly after the event began, one of my Agents came to me and informed me that two of my employees were downstairs at the entrance. I immediately racked my brain trying to think how two agents would have arrrived at the venue.

The only reasonable explanation I could arrive at was that a couple of the guys who had been contacted, but who were not able to work had changed their schedules and were now reporting for duty. I went downstairs to thank them, but send them home.

One of the agents I had assigned to the front entrance of the venue pointed out two guys in suits as “my employees”. The problem was, I had never seen them before. I went over to the men and introduced myself. They appeared lost. They told me that they had been told to show up in suits and wait for a Limo. Apparently, the Limo would contain their Principal, whom they did not know.

As I walked away from them, I was questioned by one of the promoters who seemed anxious. I had to tell her that they were in no way connected with us, but that they claimed to be there to escort one of the celebrities. This left the promoter even more concerned, as this was “by invitation only”.

At that time the person in charge of the events for the venue came over. He too wanted to know who the men were and suggested that their presence may be a problem. My Agents kept a close eye on them and it eventually worked itself out when the Principal arrived and the “bodyguards” were told that this was the person they were hired to protect.

The “bodyguards” in this incident were so hopelessly lost and out of their element that it was not just glaringly obvious that they did not know what they were doing, but they actually had to be considered as a possible threat due to their inability to convince all concerned of their legitimacy.

I think we all know the moral of the story. Two words; Due Diligence. The least you can do before taking an assignment is to know who you are working for. No professional E.P. Agent should be so desperate for a night’s work that he/she would respond to a request to “show up in a suit” and wait at event for a limo.

If all you know about your “employer” is that he is somebody called “Bob”, shame on you. Don’t compalin when you don’t get paid, or you are involved in a Police investigation because you are working for an unlicensed company. What if Bob is a convicted Felon?

We won’t even go into the ethical dilemma of how it is possible to properly protect a Principal if you have no idea where the emergency evacuation route is, what threats are known to exist and the identity of other protectors who may be able to come to your assistance if needed.

Executive Protection is about Protection. A clown can take off his make-up and put on a suit. At the end of the day though, he’ll still be a clown – albeit a well dressed one.

Congratulations to our new Personal Protection Specialist graduates

We apologize for a lack of blog postings these past weeks, but we were busy training a new Executive Protection class and then assisting them to find jobs and interviews.

The current economic climate is still pretty dire and those looking to enter the workforce or transitioning into a new career need all the help they can get. That is why it is important to get to know and understand the power of Social Media marketing. If you do not have a business to market, then you can market the service you provide.

I was following a discussion on LinkedIn (great business tool which allows you to build a professional profile)today and an interviewer was writing about interviews he was holding for a position. Believe it or not, but a number of the interviewees had to be asked to put away their IPhones/Blackberrys as they were not paying attention to the questions being asked of them.

Sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can get you noticed and can allow people to find you and view your skill set, but do not forget that your main aim is to make it to an interview. If you disrespect the interviewer by having to be told to refrain from “surfing the net”, in the middle of an interview, you can bet that you are not going to be receiving a welcome letter from that company anytime soon.

Will more bankers turn to bodyguards for protection?

The Huffington Post carries the story of a bomb expolding at the offices of JP Morgan Chase in Central Athens, Greece today.

The story makes no mention of who may have claimed responsibility for the bomb, but it does mention that a warning was called in prior to the explosion. There doesn’t appear to have been any injuries.

This is the last thing that Greece needs right now when the world attention is focused on them as their economy is set to crash. With all of the banking crisis seen in the U.S. this past year or two, one wonders if American Bankers will start to take a closer look at their personal security.

Thebulletproofblog will closely watch the industry in the coming weeks and months and will report any trend that may appear to take shape.

Bodyguards for India’s not so rich and famous

It seems that you don’t have to be rich and famous to hire a bodyguard in India these days.

The Times of India reports that ordinary people are willing to pay Rupees 5,000 ($106.00)per day for a bodyguard. While this may not appear to be much compared to rates in the U.S. or Europe, it is very significant for India where security officers work 6 days a week (up to 12 hours a day) and earn approx. $125.00 per month.

It is almost ironic to see Executive Protection gaining in popularity in India, a country with the most law abiding and gentle people that can be found anywhere. They do however have an internal terrorist problem and the carnage in Mumbai is no doubt causing people to think more about their personal security.

The Dangerous Life of a Bodyguard

This article by The Global Times makes it sound as if those leaving the military in China are afraid to work in the Executive Protection field.

Which is the opposite mindset of former military personnel in the Western Hemisphere. As an E.P. Training Academy, we are constantly receiving resumes from former American, British, Australian and Canadian soldiers, to name but a few, who wish to work as E.P. agents after they have served their time.

None of these applicants ever express any concern about the dangers associated with protecting executives, celebrities or bodyguarding in genral. Could it be that the military in China is more “wimpy” than here in the West?

If that is the case, we stongly suggest that anyone who is need of a Protective Agent while travelling through Asia – especially China, should contact a well know firm in their own country or from a firm in another counrty which travels to those locations.

The last thing any client wants to see is the bodyguard’s back as he/she runs from danger in an effort to save themselves at the client’s expense!

Why Your Mother Should Not be Your Bodyguard

I was flying back to the D.C. area the other week when I ran out of my own reading material. To pass the time, I truend to the in-flight magazine.

I don’t usually care to read about 19 year oldcountry/pop singers, but the interview with TAYLOR SWIFT caught my eye.

When asked about her fears, Ms. Swift admitted that she was scared of being alone in a dark parking lot and walking to her car. Honest answer, but my question would be; “why would you even put yourself in that situation”?

Ms. Swift comes across as a very down to earth person without any of the airs and graces we usually associate with famous singers and actors. That is great, but going overboard to prove how “ordinary” you are is not always going to be the best policy. Especially when you are no longer ordinary.

Folks, the world is full of crazies. Not a very P.C. thing to say, is it? When you have been involved in security for a few decades and have worked in war zones and mean streets around the world and have seen up close and personal the bad things that happen to good people, you have little time for being politically correct.

John Lennon was the epitome of Peace and Love. He was a brilliantly gifted musician and song writer. If all was right with the world, he would never have been shot in the back and killed on a New York city street.

Ms. Swift stated that she just wants to blend in an didn’t want “four giant security guards” walking into her local Nashville restaurant behind her. She then declared that she brings her mom with her a lot and tries not to be alone. If you are in the field yourself and reading this, you’re probably feeling the same as I did.

Thankfully though, Ms. Swift does realize that there are alternatives to being followed by “4 giant security guards”. She continued by saying that if she does have security, she tries to have a detail that completely blends-in and nobody even knows they are there.

Thank you Ms. Swift for that last minute touch down….I was begining to think that the game was lost, but you rescued it.

Now let your mom enjoy the show and have your guys who blend-in keep an eye on her too.