You enter the limo minutes after your contracted driver, who you used several hours earlier and released, arrives back on the scene. He is a distinguished older gentlemen who you can tell is very prideful about both appearance and vehicle. Moments after you seat the Client, who is running late for an unscheduled meeting, you detect a weak scent of what may be liquor but it is overpowered by the much more noticeable smell of mouthwash.
What if anything do you do?
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You are at home getting some rest, and your cell phone rings. It’s the call you have been waiting for. The Team Leader on a Protective Security Detail is telling you they need last minute assistance to provide security for a well known recording artist who is in town during the weekend of a major sporting event. What do you do? Well let me tell you what I did. I immediately asked where and when I was needed. His answer to me was “now,” and then proceeded to give me the location where the client will be at a few short hours from then. I quickly got dressed and proceeded to the location, getting more specific instructions while in transit. I arrived at the site and met with the head of security for the venue to see where the client would enter and where his cordoned off VIP area was located. I then contacted the Detail Leader and let him know contact was made with the venue security and all are awaiting his arrival.
A few hours later, and just prior to the Client’s arrival we hit another obstacle – due to the massive crowds, the police officers on site had now blocked off the adjacent streets and would not let vehicles closer to the venue. –No exceptions. The frustration of the officers was very evident, likely because of the amount of people that voiced their displeasure at them once they learned the routes were blocked off. I tried a variety of approaches with the officers but they did not intend to change their mind regardless of the VIP. Of course the Detail leader did not want to hear that, and even in the heavy traffic, I knew they would be arriving shortly and there was no way the client was making the quarter mile walk on foot. I enlisted the aid of the venue security and after putting our heads together, got access to a vehicle from the interior side of the street closure.
Once the Principal’s vehicle arrived, we quickly moved the client and the travel party into the new vehicle and whisked it down the street. I, however, watched that last part happen curbside, as I was now tasked with parking and securing the client’s vehicle in a location where parking spaces were a valuable but rapidly shrinking commodity. After finding one, I then knew I had almost a half mile jog to get back to the security detail, all the while keeping in the back of my mind that I am going to have to do this again when it’s time to leave…
…Continued in the Spring 2012 Issue of The Circuit Magazine. To subscribe to The Circuit – The Magazine for Bodyguards and the Official Magazine of the North American Bodyguard Association, click HERE.
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The weekly “Caption This” feature of Bodyguard Blog continues as we ask readers to supply their own witty comments to humorous industry related photos. As you can see from this holiday edition, even Santa can’t escape the long arm of the TSA.
A private security guard has just been charged with making false bomb threats against the NBA. 19 year old Jose Quesda, Jr. provided security for the NBA’s Secaucus office and allegedly made several calls from his cell phone over a 3 day period.
On a voice mail he was stated to have left the following: “ I put a bomb outside. Gonna kill all the NBA. I put a bomb outside in the bush. No way out. Gonna blow up at 9 o’clock in the morning. Good luck.” At which time the building was evacuated and the bomb squad called in.
The Mexican Government has come up with an interesting way to try and protect employees from the increasing number of drug-fueled assassinations and kidnappings that have plauged their country. Their solution: Rent Bodyguards to goverment workers for protection. While senior-level officials will still be provided bodyguards for free, federal lawmakers and court workers now have the optioin to pay for additonal protection (Ranging from 100 to 200 a day depending on skill level, etc.)
File this one under: YOU KNOW THINGS ARE BAD WHEN…
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