One of the biggest drawbacks of potential candidates for a position is the way they present themselves. As they say, “You can’t polish a turd.” So do not present yourself as such, otherwise the Recruiter/Employer/Client will not waste their time trying to disprove the statement above.
One of the most important and effective function of providing protective services is the advance. From coordinating logistics to screening for threats, the advance produces more positive results and a higher chance of success than any other protective function of the practitioner.
The chances of something happening are statistically low given the threat facing our average executive, however IF something does happen… those statistics don’t matter anymore.
“FAILING TO PREPARE, IS PREPARING TO FAIL”
Below, developed from the methodologies we rely on to protect our clients combined with my experiential and practical knowledge, we have compiled the most effective task list for the widest range of venues we could given our average task and environment. Some advances are far more detailed and some just the opposite, however what we have created is a utility driven example of an advance worksheet that is simple and rapid enough to use repeatedly yet productive enough to result in an effective advance.
Recent discussions in professional groups, such as the Security Driver & Training Facebook group, included recommendations and ideas for putting together a vehicle readiness check list, any input on lessons learned to add to the standard check lists for vehicles, etc.
Below is a list that I have developed for our Defensive & Evasive Driving Course that is both simple and effective for use by protective agents who routinely check their vehicles for optimal readiness, including rental vehicles.
“Protective intelligence is the process of gathering and assessing information about persons who may have the interest, motive, intention, and capability of mounting attacks against public officials and figures.” – USSS Protective Intelligence & Threat Assessment Investigations: A Guide for State and Local Law Enforcement Officials
“Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is intelligence collected from publicly available sources. In the intelligence community (IC), the term “open” refers to overt, publicly available sources (as opposed to covert or clandestine sources); drawn from publicly available material, including: the Internet, the media, photos and geospatial information.” – CIA DNI Open Source Center
Below, we have put together a list of highly effective resources we use while conducting OSINT investigations for protective intelligence; and remember, information is the data obtained through research and the resultant actionable conclusions we formulate from that data is the intelligence.