(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.

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.

Bodyguard and P.I. Training at Sexton Executive Security, Inc.

Training is definitely the theme at Sexton Executive Security over the next 5 weeks. We kick-off our training programs with our certified Private Investigator class from 9/20 – 9/26.

We often receive employment requests from people looking to work as private investigators. Who could blame them – the work is both exciting and rewarding at the same time. Where else could you legally follow someone around all day/night as they drove, shopped, ate, danced, etc., AND get well paid for it? The answer is; outside of Law Enforcement – nowhere.

Private Investigator training is a great background for future careers. In these tough economic times, many people are loooking for security and are seeking out public sector employment. If you do an online search and use phrases such as “investigator”, “inspector”, or “Inspector General”, you will see just how many positions are available with the Federal, State and local government.

Having private sector training from a certified training academy (SEXTON is certified by the Department of Criminal Justice Services)can not only qualify you for a current job opening, it can also translate into a higher pay grade and empower you with more responsibility and act as a “fast track’ for your career. One of our graduates from last year’s Las Vegas E.P. training class is a perfect example.

In some other States, you can work as an apprentice investigator until you get licensed, but in the Commmonwealth of Virginia, you must be a registered P.I. before you can conduct an investigation. This means that you must first attend training to become registered.

If you are serious about a career in the investigations field, then you should carefully consider where to attend training. Remember, not all schools are created equal and while some will go above and beyond to teach you everything you need for a solid foundation in the field, others will cut corners and concentrate on their profit from training you.

If you make your choice based on the fact that attending a particular school will save you a couple hundred dollars (we often hear this as a reason), then you are selling yourself short, way short. A couple hundred dollars is one day’s pay. Is your career (which could easily last 30 + years) not worth more than a day’s pay?

At SEXTON, our focus is on you, the student. Our mission statement is to provide a superior training experience, so that you are best prepared for the tasks ahead once you enter the field. As a way of demonstrating how important that is to us, we hire our own graduates to conduct investigations for our clients.

Is there any higher endorsement than to hire those you taught to provide services for your top clients? Even if you are not a resident of VA, you can still attend our highly acclaimed training (one graduate calls us; “The Harvard of P.I. schools!).

The Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)is highly regarded throughout the U.S. and often seen as the premiere regulating body. Schools and courses certified by them are therefore widely accepted by employers and other authorities.

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.

Make sure you can confirm what your resume says about you

What is the “job” of a resume? To show people how much you know….to make yourself irresistible to an employer? Think again.

Your resume is your “foot in the door” of an opportunity to interview. Think of your resume as an appetiser. Your resume should “whet the appetite” of a potential employer, making them want to see the main course (you).

Now, what if your resume went overboard in describing your qualities, training and experience? Have you ever read a description of a dish on a menu and picked it just because it sounded great? What was your reaction when the meal arrived and it did not live up to expectations?

I’m guessing you complained, sent it back or re-ordered. If you accepted it and said nothing, chances are you were resentful, maybe left a miserable tip and decided that you would never go to that restaurant again. Am I close?

Do you see how a potential employer may feel if you come across as something you are not? We regularly receive resumes from security personnel looking to work for us and claiming to have E.P. experience. Yet when we look at the resume, we often see that their experience involved Bail Bonds, Bounty Hunting or Repossessing vehicles, but not E.P.

SEXTON is currently advertising their Executive Protection/ Personal Protection Specialist training program to be held in Las Vegas at the beginning of October. We have received several resumes from people who have seen the announcement and then decided to send us their resumes for work.

If you can identify yourself in this, stop this practice immediately. Firstly it shows us that you have poor powers of observation. If you had read the announcement properly, you would have seen that we were not looking for resumes. Secondly, if you have no formal training, why would we want to hire you?

It would be much better if you asked about the training, then you would see that you would be taught a world of new information, techniques and team building skills, the likes of which you probably never experienced previously.

Companies are receiving thousands of resumes for only a handful of jobs these days. It is said that there are approx. 33 million resumes in circulation today. Hiring personnel are getting battlefield experience like a M.A.S.H. unit and as such, can spot fluff and rubbish a mile away.

If you don’t have what you say you have, don’t say it or write it. Go find it and do it. Then later tell a prospective employer what you can do for them today.

The added value of training


As I prepare the Executive Protection course manual for our upcoming E.P. training program in New York City, later this month, I’m reminded of a recent conversation with one of our graduates from the Las Vegas class last December.

The student had traveled from Oregon, where he is employed as a State Correction Officer. Our graduates come from varying backgrounds – sometime they are already employed on a full-time basis and may be exploring a career change or preparing for retirement.

Other times they are in need of employment, or may already be working in security, but looking to take their career to a higher level. This is a very intelligent strategy, since one can literally go from a position paying $14 or $15 an hour to one paying $25 – $35 an hour domestic ($50 – $70 an hour for overseas assignments).

This young officer contacted me last month to let me know that he had submitted the forms we helped them all to complete – the official government forms from the Department of Criminal Justice Services, which qualifies all of our graduates to become registered as official Personal Protection Specialists (PPS)by the Department.

What he said next should be of special interest to all of those considering taking our E.P. training and who ask; “will my State recognize the training”?

Apparently, Oregon thinks so highly of the Personal Protection Specialist training which is certified by DCJS, that graduating from our Las Vegas training course in December qualified him to receive a higher level pay grade and he has also been awarded a position of security manager.

This of course is all a huge bonus. When he completed our highly acclaimed 7 day training program, the young officer was elated to have gone through the intense course with his fellow colleagues and to have learned philosophies and strategies unknown to him before.

What will your State think of the PPS training? Probably quite a lot, as Oregon already does. The Commonwealth of Virginia regulates the security profession and holds it to a very high standard as evidenced by the establishment of a Government body such as the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is widely regarded as the leader when it comes to regulating private security. Other States who enforce strict regulatory control inlcude; California, Florida and Texas, to name but a few.

Attending a highly respected and proven E.P. training school and becomming registered as a VA PPS, is equivalent to attending an Ivy League collee like Harvard or Yale in the academic world.

That is one of the many advantages of training – taking your career to a higher level and getting on the “Fast Track”. Not only will you learn a wealth of information that will hold you in good stead throughout your career, but you’ll have an ivy league list of contacts that you can call upon for assistance and advice over the years.

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.

Executive Protection training in Northern Virginia in April

It’s that time of the year again – Sexton Executive Security will be holding their highly acclaimed Personal Protection Training in Northern Virginia from April 11 to April 17, 2010.

This year, students will be able to train on our state of the art weapons simulation system and experience what it feels like for an aggressor to shoot back at them. The recent shooting of two police officers at the Pentagon was the type of scenario with which students will be presented.

On one hand, it is not possible to go around drawing a weapon everytime somone looks a little suspicious, but on the other hand, you can not afford to wait until it is too late and endanger the life of your Principal as a result of hesitating.

Many Police Departments (including MPD) and agencies such as the Air Marshalls are training with the simulator. Very few systems are available to the private sector and those who are fortunate enough to train on them will experience an elevated level of training not experienced previously.

Those who may not be aware of how Personal Protection Specialists protect their Principals, can view our video on the Executive Protection page of our website. Executive or Close Protection Agents are to corporations, celebrities, visiting dignataries what the Secret Service are to the White House.

For those who may be considering a career change, or who may find themselves unemployed as a result of closures and downsizing, your local authority may be able to assist with funding your training. Check with the ecomonic development offices in your county/city.

Act fast to get the discount for the PPS training class next month.

Sexton Executive Security will be holding the Spring PPS training program in Northern Virginia next month from 4/11 – 4/17/10.

Anyone wishing to avail of the $180.00 early registration discount, needs to register and pay in full by close of business on 3/11/10 (Thursday).

If you would like to take your training and employment opportunities to a higher level, this training may be just what you need. Since Sexton Executive Security is certified as an official training school by the Department of Criminal Justice Services, graduates will be eligible to become regsitered as Personal Protection Specialists.

Attendees will also be able to train on the new Weapons Simulation System. This state of the system utilizes lasers to activate real weapons. Students will receive added training in the following weapons; Glock (40 cal), TASER and OC.

To register now and receive the discount, or to register before training begins, e-mail us at; training@sextonsecurity.com and request an electronic registration form.

Executive Protection Training in Jamaica

“The Gleaner” is a Jamaican newspaper that has been around since the 1800′s. Journalist Carl Gilchrist caught up with the Sexton Executive Security instructors in Jamaica during our recent training there.

Word reached Jamaica after the trainers visited and conducted earlier training in Cozumel and The Cayman Islands. Mr. Gilchrist was very interetsed in the International Training Program offered by SEXTON.

He interviewed John Sexton, the Training Director about the responsibilities of an Executive Protection officer working in an International setting and also about the International Training Program.

Later, Mr. Gilchrist learned first hand what it was like to have executive Protection when he was treated with his own protective team by students from the program as they accompanied the journalist along the streets of Ochos Rios.