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. 

New online sign-up for P.I., Executive Protection and Firearms Training

Sexton Executive Security is pleased to announce that applicants for any of our training programs; Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Private Investigator or Executive Protection/Personal Protection Specialist, can now apply directly online.

Our newly restructured website will allow applicants to register and pay for training courses, 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the world.  In addition, we will soon have training manuals, e-books, unique SEXTON items (t-shirts, shooting caps, mag lights, etc) for sale via the new “shopping cart” feature of the site.

There will also be a section where employment opportunities, discounted training courses, overseas events, etc., will be posted.  Only SEXTON graduates will have access to this area, which is an added benefit of going through our highly acclaimed training academy.

If you wish to find out if you qualify for one of our training programs and to receive the rewards that membership in our exclusive graduate club offers, e-mail us at; training@sextonsecurity.com and mention code; TR11.

Why a guaranteed passing grade is not a good thing

There is a conversation going on at the moment over on a LinkedIn security site. Since it may be of use to current and future Executive Protection Agents, I thought we would take a look at some of the points raised.

Firstly, I would like to say that if making security is a long-term career goal for you,then you should take the time to research “LinkedIn” as it could be instrumental in your choice of careers (not just security either – with 75 million members, I believe that all industries and fields are represented).

The question was asked last week regarding the failure rate versus passing rate of students undergoing Executive Protection training. If you are new to the field, you may not be aware of the various schools, their licensing, topics taught, scenarios delivered or employment opportunities available.

While nobody wants to fail a course, especially one that you have had to save up in order to attend, it takes away from the value of the certificate awarded if anybody off the street is allowed to pass the training, just because they paid their money.

We do not have reason to fail many students, since the great majority know what they want, have made the sacrifice to attend training and give their all over the 90 + hours of instruction. Every once in a great while though, someone comes along who for one reason or other, is not cut out for Executive Protection and we have to remove them from the training.

We do not let them continue as it is unfair on the other students who are being forced to slow down by this one person, or be otherwise distracted. When we make the decision, we calculate how much time is left and refund them the portion of the remainder of the course.

This is the ethical thing to do. Not only does their attendance interfere with the other students’ training, but by allowing someone to pass and graduate who does not fully grasp the requirements and seriousness of the job, that school is endangering all Agents and Clients who come in contact with that one problem Agent.

Unfortunately, most of us know of someone like this who was “rubber stamped” by some other training school because they either didn’t want to lose the revenue or were afraid of being sued if they turned someone away. Many of us went through training programs and were told that not every one would make the grade, yet all did, even the one(s) that everybody knew did not belong.

Some schools would have you believe that there is no need to fail people since they screen potential students so well. I say; Rubbish. I have seen students with no previous security experience (but plenty of life experience), who make first rate protectors. Screening them or someone else with 15 years of documented security experience, will tell you very little about that person.

The only way a school could be fairly certain whether a potential student would fit into a training program would be to submit them to a barage of tests – psychological and personality testing the likes of which Police candidates experience. I have never heard of a school doing that. Perhaps a proprietory training program would, but only for those they were interested in hiring.

Don’t be afraid to attend any school who are particular about who they train and pass. Embrace the fact that they don’t take their money in one door and send them out the other door with a certificate, whether they deserve it or not.

Why waiting for work is not a good idea for Bodyguards.


I was talking to a graduate of the Sexton Executive Security E.P. training program today. He lives on the West Coast and went through our California class in 2008. He was fortunate to have attended the class where Tom Taylor guest lectured about high profile clients and assignments.

When he went through the training, our graduate was running his own company, but was thinking of changing careers. As we do in all classes, we went into the importance of networking and discussed various business and social media sites it would be advatageous to join.

We also introduced the attendees to buisness owners who were our associates and who would be eager to call them when assignments came in as they knew the level of training these Agents would receive.

Fast forward two years and the graduate has left his other line of business and is now in urgent need of employment to pay bills which don’t stop because one’s lease agreement has ended. This graduate was one of the stars of the training week by the way, and all of the instructors were confident that he had what it took to succeed in this business.

I reminded him today why he should have followed our advice and made the contacts – even if he only did part-time work here and there, he would have started to build the foundation of his network. He realizes now his mistake. Of course I couldn’t leave him to starve, so I gave him contacts and assured I would drop them a line and tell them to put some work his way. That’s what you have to do for your folks.

The morale of the story? Don’t wait until you are in desperate need of work to look for work. Have you ever heard that you don’t go out shopping when you are hungry? Same idea. Sow your seeds today, but give them time to germinate and mature.

Jack and the Beanstalk was a make believe story.

Erin Andrews seeks support on Capitol Hill for Stalking Bill.


ESPN reporter, Erin Andrews visited Democratic and Republican members of Congress and the Senate yesterday to speak out in favor of new Anti-Stalking legislation.

Ms. Andrews, herself a victim of stalking, was “putting a face” to the horrific crime which victimizes thousands of women a year. Although men can also be stalked, the crime is more prevalent amongst women. It is estimated that 1 in every 12 women will fall prey to a stalker.

As a security firm providing Executive Protection services, Sexton Executive Security is well aware of the damaging effects that stalking can have on a victim. Once independent, successful and outgoing people can become virtual recluses, not wishing to venture from their door step.

As Ms. Andrews rightfully pointed out, it is not just celebrities who are stalked by distrubed individuals. The majority of vitims are normal, every day regular citizens who happen to come under notice by someone with deviant desires and preoccupations.

One of our clients was stalked after a mentally disturbed individual observed her in a coffee shop, on her way into work one morning. In his mind, they “connected”. In reality, she never even noticed him. One of the tools we utilized to determine how dangerous a threat he may be, was to have an expert study his handwriting.

This led to some incredible revelations. Firstly, the expert was able to determine that the stalker was jealous of the victim’s husband. When he wrote her surname (and therefore, her married name)the ink became heavier, which meant that he was angry.

The most disturbing discovery however, was the fact that the handwriting expert determined that the stalker was capable of violent acts and should he strike (most likely the husband), he would probably want to get up close and personal and would most likely use a knife.

Stalking is serious and should never be taken lightly. When you work stalking cases, you get to see inside a sick person’s mind and it bears little resemblance to the world in which most of us inhabit on a daily basis.

Are we Guaranteed a Job?

We are currently receiving many requests regarding our 7 day Executive Protection training program in Las Vegas from 12/6 – 12/12/09.

One of those people e-mailed me today and asked; “After we finish our training at SEXTON, are we guaranteed a job?” I told him that it was a good topic for a blog, so I hope he’s reading.

My first response is always; “there are no guarantees in life”. Those training schools who are promising jobs upon graduation are probably the very ones who will never send you on a single assignment.

At SEXTON we hire approx. 50% of all of our graduates over the course of time. Not everyone will be hired the first week. We would have a far higher rate of hiring course attendees if the GRADUATES themselves returned phone calls in a timely manner and made themselves more available.

Here is a secret that we tell those who enroll in our courses; YOU are the one responsible for your future and YOU are the one who can ultimately make or break you. In every single class, we have graduates who do not bother sending in their paperwork to become registered and to be able to work legally.

To make matters worse, we are one of the few schools who bring all of the necessary paperwork to the course, show them how to complete it, assist them to properly complete it – making sure they do not make mistakes, fingerprint them and take a digital photograph (that will be required by the Department of Criminal Justice Services to receive the PPS registration).

Bottom line, if you go through our E.P. training program and you are serious about working as an E.P. agent, I guarantee that you will get work.

Of course there is a big difference between “thinking” you want to do this job and actaully doing it.

New International Executive Protection Agents

The graduates and instructors of SEXTON’s International E.P. Training Program arrived back in Miami yesterday from 7 days of International Training.

The successful graduates performed admirably during reality-based scenarios in; Cozumel, The Cayman Islands and Jamaica.

The International Training Program (I.T.P.) was designed to give E.P. agents international knowledge and real-life experience to better prepare them to handle international assignments.

The training team was interviewed by Carl Gilchrist from “The Gleaner” newspaper in Jamaica. Mr. Gilchrist was extremely interested in the unique training experience that SEXTON brought to Jamaica.

After conducting the exclusive interview, Mr. Gilchrist was treated to a hands-on demonstration of the agents “at work”.

The students successfully protected Principals from possible assaults in Cozumel from terminated employees, from street crime/violence in Jamaica and surveillance/ street attack in Grand Cayman.

“I would be proud to have these graduates protecting our current and future clients”, stated John Sexton, Director of Training for Sexton Executive Security.

Professional Training Rewards

Readers of this blog hardly need to be reminded of the advantages that continuing training brings.

Unfortunately, many people focus on the cost of training – which is a very legitimate concern, but it’s something of a “no pain, no gain” situation.

We have designed an overseas training program for Executive Protection professionals who wish to gain experience in working overseas and to be able to compete for lucrative assignments.

Luckily for those who decided to enrol, it appears as if we may have a number of full time overseas positions arising in the coming months. Since we always believe in hiring our own graduates for our clients’ needs, those trained in overseas protection will be the first to be offered a position.

The other great benefit though, is that those graduates will qualify for a higher rate of pay. When you take into consideration that this higher rate applies to each week of a 48 week contract and beyond, it is very easy to see how an initial training program can pay for itself many, many times over.

Therefore we say; “Good Luck” to the future grads of the International Training Program (I.T.P.) 2009!

Do you have what it takes to be a Private Investigator?

Time is running out for those considering a career as a Private Investigator.
We have had more than 100 people looking to be trained as Private Investigators by Sexton Executive Security.

Those who have been accepted into the program come from throughout Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., New York and overseas. Like us, they realize that the field of security offers a level of job security that is next to impossible to find in today’s worsening economic times.

The worse times become, the more theft, embezzlement, employment fraud, workman’s compensation cases will surface. That in turn means more work and more money for trained P.I.s.

I am glad to report that women are finally seeing the great opportunity for them as private investigators. We (and many other companies) have need for Nothern Virginia investigators, Maryland investigators, D.C. investigators and even International investigators.

Unfortunately, if you are thinking of signing up for our last P.I. training course (certified by DCJS)of the year, you will have to settle for having your name placed on the “stand-by” list as the industrious applicants have taken all of the seats already.

It’s a case of “the early bird catches the worm”, or more realistically; “the early to regisiter receives first class training and receives the coveted “SEXTON” stamp of approval!

Death of "The Most Trusted Man in America".

I didn’t know that much about Walter Cronkite, but after the announcement of his death yesterday, I have come to envy him. The New York Times’ fitting tribute to “the most trusted man in America’ gives a glimpse of some of the highlights of his professional career.

It is not the fact that Mr. Cronkite is being praised as a first rate journalist and reporter that is so remarkable – it is the total absence of anything negative being said about him that seems so rare.

If we compare this news to the announcement of Michael Jackson’s untimely death two weeks ago, they are worlds apart. While Michael Jackson was highly regarded as a performer, he led a troubled and dramatic life.

What higher accolade could one wish for then to be regarded as the most trusted man in the Nation? What greater legacy could a father leave behind for his family? Whilst every politician would dearly love to be thought of in this way, which one in living memory could?

I hope there is a particular E.P. agent out there paying attention. We had an agent agree to work over the weekend and then the day before he was supposed to start, he changed his mind. Was it due to illness…family problems…did his engine blow up?

None of the above. He became upset that his fellow colleague received the directions to the asssignment before he did. The most incredible part – he is a former Marine who had served in Iraq.

A lesson for all of you considering a career in security – when you give your word, live up to it. Do it the right way – the Cronkite way. You may never be considered as the most trusted person in America, but I guarantee you’ll be considered for work every time an assignment comes in.

“And that’s the way it is”.