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. 

Most affairs now begin online – 20% from Facebook

Did you know that around 70% of all affairs these days begin online, or that 20% begin on Facebook?

Which isn’t really all that surprising, seeing as how this is the electronic age.  It does change how spouses and significant others address the problem though.  Before virtually everyone had access to a computer, people met others at work, after work, at a gym – usually relatively close to home, unless they met someone on a business trip.

These days however, people can search for a clandestine meeting in the comfort of their own home.  There are sites that make it easy to find a stranger, or even a former girlfirend or boyfriend who may have moved away from the area years before.   

One thing that has not changed all that much are the signs to look for that someone is having an affair.  In this article written by Jayne Keedle for the Albany Times Union; 

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20110415/WIRE/110419611/1008?Title=Signs-your-partner-may-be-cheating

we see that people involved in affairs will often have changes in personality, dress, habits, etc.  There are also “electronic signs” to look for; a secret cell phone, going outside to take calls/read text messages, or staying up late at night on the computer (which is kept locked/coded).

One thing to be very aware of is that the other person very often has a “reasonable expectation of privacy”, which means that you may be breaking the law by “hacking into’ their computer to read e-mails.  Federal laws may apply and stiff penalties such as large fines and jail sentences may be imposed, so be very careful not to break the law.

If you suspect that something may be taking place, it is advisable to hire a professional investigator – one who knows and obeys the law.  An experienced investigator will review your case and advise you how to gather evidence from surveillance, social media, etc.

How Private Investigators Interview to find “Bad Guys”

How many companies with security problems use their own internal resources to investigate employee theft, industrial espionage, etc. ?  I think the answer would probably be; “the majority”. 

HR Departments have traditionally been the ”go to” people within corporations to conduct interviews.  Proprietory security personnel have also been used for these tasks. My question is; “what specialized training or experience have these folks received that equips them for such roles? 

Having conducted interviews totalling in the thousands around the world, I can share with you that it takes many years and probably thousands of hours of interviewing to develop not only a certain comfort level, but the ability to be able to pick up on things like eye movement, breathing, body shifting, hesitation, etc. 

What experienced investigators know is that simply talking to a person and taking notes is not enough.  The interview process begins way before that.  A good investigator will conduct research and prepare questions before the interview ever begins.  They know that there are a number of important factors to consider, such as planning on where the interviewee will sit.  Have you previously considered this?

Some other questions to consider are; “do I know the right questions to ask?”, ”what are the signs of stress?”, “how can I make a person tell me what I need to know?”, “how do I follow-up?”.  Unfortunately, you won’t find all the answers you need in a blog or a book.  It takes time, training and putting that training into practice. 

Corporations should not feel like they have to “do it all”.  In-house security personnel may be quite capable of taking care of many of the day-t0-day security tasks that arise, but they probably should not be asked to conduct investigations involving employee theft, sexual harrassment, workman’s comp, fraud cases etc., where extensive interviewing is needed. 

Credentialed and experienced professionals can not only save a company millions of dollars in lost revenue and or litigation/law suits, but protect their reputation from being tarnished and damaged.  The question then becomes; “what value do you put on your reputation?”. 

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.

Private Investigator Training in Virginia

A new batch of potential P.I.s arrived in for training at the headquarters of SEXTON yesterday morning.

During the first day of training, students learned about the Governmental body which regulates private security in the Commonwealth of Virginia; the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

They also learned about laws governing covert surveillance and voice recording, stalking, GPS tracking devices, interviewing and interrogation, how to open a P.I. firm and the licensing. That all in the first day!

Today, students are receiving a lecture from a court officer on the judicial system, how to properly testify, accompanying a client to obtain a restraining order from the Magistrate, etc.

I would say look out for the new graduates…..but after the top tier training they receive this week, you won’t know who they are!

Private Investigator Training – 2/26 – 3/4/11.


Have you ever considered a career as an investigator? If so, you may wish to avail of training that will allow you to become a State registered P.I.

The Sexton Executive Security Training Academy is certified by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and all graduates are eligible to become registered as Private Investigators upon successful completion of training.

During the 7 consecutive days of training which run from 8:30am until 5:30pm, attendees will learn; the court system from a County Magistrate, be involved in a practical exercise to assist a client in applying for a protective order, learn how to conduct courthouse and online database research, undercover disguises, how to conduct surveillance and counter-surveillance, how to interview and interrogate, how to start a P.I. business, ethics, rules and regulations, etc.

Once you have obtained your P.I. registration and have been issued with your State I.D., you are able to apply to work for any company you decide upon. As providers of P.I. and E.P. services, we hire our own graduates exclusively, but there are countless opportunities for investigators in many areas.

Federal, State and local authorities constantly recruit full time investigators for Inspector General positions, internal auditing as well as offering outsourced opportunities when conducting background checks, workman’s comp investigations etc.

Seating is strictly limited, so in order to secure your seat, contact our training division at; training@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.

2011 Training Calendar


The 2011 SEXTON training schedule is now online. Viewers can find a training course to suit their needs by clicking on the “training schedule”.

Our very poplular “Defensive Tactics” program returns on the 5th of February. This action-packed one day program introduces attendees to; pain compliance measures, “come along” moves – ideal for those working as door/floor personnel in clubs/concerts, etc.

Our internationally trained and acclaimed instructor also demonstates how to disarm an attacker with a gun, or wielding a knife/broken bottle. You will experience the difference levels of force between pushes, punches and kicks and learn how to defend yourself using ordinary objects.

This is an entry level training class and open to the general public. Later on, we will hold an Advance Defensive Techniques class which will build upon the skills learned in February. Class size is strictly limited.

Those wishing to learn a wealth of new defense measures and those wishing to refresh previously learned skills should book their place by e-mailing; training@sextonsecurity.com.

Know how to spot a worthless certificate (and "training school")


Some say that there are three types of people in the world and they can all be equated to animals; Wolves, Sheepdogs and Sheep.

The Sheep are the everyday honest-to-goodness citizens, who go about their business with little knowledge or awareness of the seamier side of life. Then there are the sheepdogs – the protectors – that is where we fit in. Those of us who have dedicated or wish to dedicate our lives to the protection of others.

Which leaves the Wolves. Wolves are the rapists, child molestors, drug dealers, murderers and of course; conmen/conwomen. In the same manner as a wolf will sneak up on a flock of sheep and single out the young or infirm, a conman will present an opportunity where he/she is most likley to snare an unsuspecting victim.

Today, I’d like to discuss one particular example of how frauds can separate you from your hard-earned money. It involves “training”, or more accurately; “the lack of training’.

Over the years, I have been contacted by students who have sent off money to people they did not know in the hopes that they would either find them a job in Executive Protection or place them in a “great E.P. school”. Just recently, a young guy asked my advice about such a school.

I became concerned after spending little more than five minutes on their website. There were spelling and gramatical errors on several pages. Folks, if you discover spelling mistakes on a website, that should be your first clue that there may be a problem. I have conducted pirated merchandise investigations in the past and misspelled words were always a dead give away that the item was a fake.

Another concern was the fact that they were selling cookbooks on another page. There is nothing wrong with an E.P. training school selling books on Executive Protection on their website, but when they include cookbooks, that tells me that they are looking to take in money by any means possible.

Taking a look at their list of Agents, I soon realized that none had mentioned attending a well recognized school and they all had attended the in-house “training program”. A little bit of digging showed me that the “training program” consisted of a DVD only. Phrases such as; “Learned how to protect my client”, or “available to work overseas” were all cut and pasted and part of everyone’s Bio.

Lastly, a quick Google search of the school’s name produced a number of complaints filed by unhappy students who claimed that they sent off their money, but never received anything in return. The moral of the story; Do your Due Dilgence. Ask trusted professionals for their advice, ask to contact past graduates, find out what State, National or International Associations to which the school belongs.

Don’t be convinced because they tell you how to “learn to be a Bodyguard from the comfort of your living room”, or because they send you a nice certificate with your name on it (maybe not even spelled correctly). You CAN’T learn to be an E.P. Agent at home.

If you want to be a Sheepdog, you’d better start learning how to spot the wolves. Afterall, sheep’s lives are depending on you.

TASER and CCW permit training in Florida


SEXTON will hold their highly acclaimed Executive Protection training program in Orlando from 11/7 – 11/13/10.We realize that people will have conflicts with schedules, so we have made special arrangements for anyone wishing to take the TASER and/or Utah Concealed Weapon Permit course.

The TASER familiarization course will give students a thorough understanding of the TASER system and will afford them a hands-on training experience. The Instructor is a Law Enforcement specialist who has been officially certified by the TASER Corporation and has taught both Police personnel and civilians in that capacity.

John Sexton, CEO and Director of Training at the Sexton Executive Security Training Institute, recently remarked in a Press Release that TASER was more rapidly gaining a foot hold in the private sector and more jurisdictions were allowing private security personnel to carry it as a less lethal weapon.

“TASER has excellent applications for Executive Protection”, Sexton advised. “If an E.P. Agent finds him or herself in a situation where they must activate the unit, they only have to throw it down and evacuate the area. TASER guarantees to replace it with a new unit in such circumstances”.

The Utah CCW is the official UT course of instruction as mandated by the Bureau of Criminal Identification. Utah does not require permit holders to be a resident. This permit is highly sought after as it allows holders to carry concealed in more than 30 States. Everyone will receive all of the necessary paperwork to process their CCW permit after completion of the training on Sunday morning, 11/14/10

The price to attend the half day TASER training is $75.00. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion. The cost to attend the half day Utah CCW training is $150.00. Upon completion, all attendees will be given all that is required to receive their CCW permit. Please allow up to 45 days for Utah to process the application.

To request a registration form, please e-mail; training@sextonsecurity.com.