Film and TV celebrities, VIPs, politicians, Dignitaries high-profile individuals and members of the royal family – all use close protection security services to minimise the risk of physical harm or hostility that may threaten their privacy and safety.
But there’s so much more to close protection than meets the eye, and in this article we’ll explain the ins and outs of what is involved with close protection security to help you decide whether or not this is the career that’s right for you.
What is close protection security?
Unfortunately, criminmal activity and terrorism is present in all communities so it’s no wonder that those who are highly influential need close protection in their day-to-day lives. Each case is likely to be different depending on the client’s needs and situation, but it is the job of a Close Protection Officer, or bodyguards, to provide a superior level of security to keep them safe under any circumstances.
- Crowd control at festivals, clubs or premiers
- Chauffeuring from various locations
- Property security at home
- Detering opportunistic attacks
- Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM)
What does a Close Protection Officer do?
CPOs are responsible for protecting their clients from any level of danger. It isn’t only physical violence or assault that CPOs have to deal with. There’s a wide range of tasks and daily duties that range from project management, incident management, risk assessment, researching, operational planning, bug sweeping, pre-emptive care, escorting, conflict diffusion and even giving emergency first aid.
All professionals in the UK need a Close Protection Licence which is issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Due to the complexity of close protection security, ideal candidates must be able to remain calm under pressure, be highly alert 24/7 to make immediate decisions, detail orientated; physically fit to handle any and all issues, reliable as an individual or part of a team and discreet.
At Vanquish we Interview all our candidates as it is an application only course. We have operatives from all walks of life and different backgrounds such as Military, Police, Fire Service, Door Supervision and also people wanting a career change.
Choose Vanquish Training Academy
Here at Vanquish Training Academy, we are an industry leading academy that provides the world’s first “Application Only” 21 Day Close Protection Training Course. This course demonstrates how to be an effective Close Protection Officer, whilst utilising covert surveillance skills, TSCM (bug sweeping) and much more.
If you’re looking to become a Close Protection Officer, then kickstart your new journey to a career within the thriving close protection industry and apply now to secure your place this year.
For any further enquiries, call our office on 0203 086 7941.