This is a very common question for anyone looking to get into EP or advance their career. Below is my best and honest answer, based on my experiences and professional opinion.
A phrase like this is repeated ad nauseam among our community but it does not really hit home until we understand why, for protective security in particular, this is so vital. No matter how much we plan or how much protective intelligence we utilize, the possibility of an ambush style attack such as this still exists. The most alarming issue, however, is the more we plan and utilize protective intelligence the more we mitigate all predictive incidents, therefore leaving only a worst case ambush style scenario
“Do I need training?” “How much does it cost?” “Who is the ‘best’ provider?” Etc. Etc.
These questions are and always will be rampant throughout the various social media groups as the desire to get into executive protection will always be there. In my opinion, it takes a distinct individual to be successful in protective services, so only the top tier of physical security professionals will survive the jump up to executive protection and there-in lies the problem: the desire is larger than the need. Much like a threat assessment, the fears almost always surpass the reality, (and they should), therefore a pragmatic decision must be made. To mitigate threats, the appropriate level of resources are applied, similarly an appropriate selection must be made regarding employment in this small, niche field.
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.
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Even though I am an “instructor”, I do my best to train as often as possible, both to challenge and increase my current capabilities and to develop new skills. I do not see myself as an “instructor” but rather a fellow trainer as learning always occurs both ways and those who have had the experience of discussing the topic with me have heard me say “I am looking forward to training with you” or have heard me correct someone who refers to me as their instructor by saying “we have trained together.” A phrase that has stuck with me from early on in my professional career has been “Know enough to know that you don’t know – always a student, always learning.” – JAL
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Here is an excerpt from one of the positions:
“Training and familiarity in evasive and defensive driving, or security and executive transportation is preferred. CPR, First Aid, AED certification is required.”
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Don’t miss your chance at our West Coast training opportunities in February – we have our 3 Day Executive Protection Course, Protective Medical Response Training Course and our 3 Day Defensive & Evasive Driving Course – sign up for one, two or all of the courses making our 7 Day Program – the only one of its kind offering three certifications for the price of one – $2,995 before any discounts – see our schedule page for more info