Our trade school Academy for Professional Development or AFPD receives calls from potential students with one particular question. "What is the difference between being a Security Guard, Body Guard or Bouncer"? How will this certification help me obtain employment? This can be also said from a client perspective. There are many differences in the contract security guard world. No matter the level of service the state classifies security under security guards. With having one of the very few state approved training programs in the state for Executive Protection clients also call us asking what is the difference in service or what type of security provider should one secure.
Personally we like to help inquiring students with those questions or potential clients. The security industry is a large and growing field in security. Executive Protection is often utilized by large companies with individuals that hold a high net worth or such a relevance in a company that should something happen to them the business would fail. Board members of that company often vote for the added protection of these types of individuals and this is where Executive Protection comes into play.
Part of the Executive Protection program covers Threat Assessments, which is the means to quantify the need of security for a person, place, or thing. This can be as simple as adding security cameras to a location, or adding of a roving security guard, increasing security presence in areas subject to criminal activity. Executive Protection is part of the overall security posture.
Often these positions require a number of skill sets, training and mindset to be an effective Executive Protection Security Professional. The Academy for Professional Developments Executive Protection program enables and prepares each student by providing industry standard training. The schools instructors have worked in the military, US State Department, US Secret Service to the private sector.
No matter if you are a client looking for a provider or a security guard who is interested in the Executive Protection Industry. We cannot stress this enough, that you must find the best trained and knowledge provider firm that knows the states laws and regulations. If you are a potential student or employee having the necessary permits, licenses and training is the key to solid employment and career advancement.
What can clients do to make sure they are selecting the right security company or employee?
There is a state website that you the client can check to see if they are licensed and insured to offer services. All security guards in the state must be an employee of the security provider.