About a week ago I put up an Executive Protection Scenario on the Corporate and Facebook Pages of the North American Bodyguard Association. On it, I posed the following along with the associated photo:
“Grammy night. Pre-show red carpet. Your Principal, a celebrity, has had a public falling out with another well recognized celebrity a few days before who is also nominated. The incident is currently the buzz of the tabloids and Blogs. Using the photo below as a reference, what considerations, actions and contingencies do you plan prior to bringing the P out onto the red carpet?”
As is typical with the scenarios, I got some good answers from some seasoned industry vets, along with some interesting points of view from newcomers who also try their hand at solving the problem. It’s the mix of the two that have made taking the time out of my schedule to craft and post the scenarios worth it. A little bit of backstory: When I was coming up in the Executive Protection field, interaction with individuals already in the field that did not personally know you was rare. Now fast forward to 2013 and having the opportunity to get valued opinions and viewpoints from not only all over the country but all over the world via social media, is not just amazing, it’s revolutionary.
Don’t misinterpret me, reading a few online blogs and participating in some newsgroup chats, won’t make you proficient in this field, but what it can do, *in the right settings* is be a part of your ongoing training and personal development. Through reading, participating and interacting, the Protection Specialist can grow in an industry where too many think just because they completed a 7 day course, or served in law enforcement or are former military, they know it all. Don’t take my word for it, pay a visit to the Facebook page of the NABA by clicking HERE and read some of the post that are taking place. If those interest you, check out the Official Members-Only Site and get an even more in-depth look at the Close Protection industry from a global perspective.
Oh and the reason for this post —
the BET Award Show just occurred in Atlanta, GA this weekend. At it, two rival performers and their entourages, bodyguards included, were involved in a melee that warranted enough attention to involve the police and be covered in the mainstream press. Upon reading this, I ask myself, did the respective artist’s security have a plan in place to avoid their client’s crossing paths? Had they even thought about it? Well, I do know this, if they had visited the NABA site, they would have at the very least, have read some very well thought out suggestions from industry professionals.