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”.

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