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An Open Letter to the Bodyguard Community on Domestic Violence Prevention

An Open Letter to the Bodyguard Community on Domestic Violence Prevention

An open letter to the Close Protection Community:

 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Here’s a sobering fact: there are 145 incidents PER HOUR in the United States. I have always had an opinion that every Protector should have a cause, and to me this is a natural one given the nature of our profession.

For seven years I sat on the Board of Directors of the nations oldest shelter for women who were victims of domestic abuse, so that I could get a better understanding of the challenges they faced and offer some unique perspectives coming from our specialized outlook.

Besides the things I did internally with the organization, it helped shaped the direction of the nonprofit I founded called the ISC-Safety Net Which provides free security services to victims of Domestic Violence and the shelters that serve them.

Dozens of protectors have joined me over the years in contributing to the project, and the Safety-Net along with other organizations such as Angel, founded by Mark James of Panther Protection, plan to be more impactful in the upcoming year.

So this month, I challenge you to apply some of the methodical thinking and problem solving that comes with working our craft to help reduce the above number even if it’s only by one digit.

After all, we do call ourselves, “Protectors,” right?

 

Elijah Shaw

 

What Happened to Lara Logans Security?

What Happened to Lara Logans Security?

Security Professionals always look at incidents of violence perpetrated against public figures with a slightly different perspective than the general public.  Such was the case when I heard about the tragic story of CBS News Corespondent Laura Logan.  The journalist was a victim first of detention by the Egyptian authorities and following her release and return to the region a brutal assault by a mob.

The offical account goes as such:  The evening of the attack, Ms. Logan, 39, the network’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, was covering the celebrations in Tahrir Square in central Cairo with a camera crew and an unknown number of security staff members. The CBS team was enveloped by “a dangerous element” within the crowd, CBS said, that numbered more than 200 people. That mob separated Ms. Logan from her team and then attacked her.

I, as well as scores of my peers, have had first hand experience dealing with massive crows that are whipped into such a frenzy that you can feel the threat looming, so much so that it’s almost a tangible thing.  At that point, independent of even the clients wishes, a decision must be made to leave the area for the safety of the Protectee.  You might get chewed out or even fired later, but your client will live to tell the tale.  After initially hearing this story, the obvious question to me was, exactly how did her secuirty team become seperated from her?

While researching I stumbled upon outtakes of an interview Ms. Logan conducted with Esquire Magazine, conducted after the detention, but before the assault, that appeared to shed a little more light on the incident:

Esquire:  On whom she was traveling with:

Laura: “I’m not the only one going back, my producer is coming with me. And with my husband. We made this decision together. And with my boss.”

Esquire: On the precautions they’d be taking:

Laura: “We’ve made sure that the Egyptian embassy in the U.S. knows we’re going. They’re fully aware of it. They know what our purpose is, that we’re journalists. We’ve made every effort to try and get media accreditation before we left, but the embassy said because of the backup they couldn’t [get it to us], so they’re trying to help us on the ground. There are no surprises here this time. It is a better plan. Again, it’s not foolproof, you know?”

Esquire: On worrying about a repeat scenario:

Laura: “Sure, of course you can never discount [that], it would be foolish to discount that possibility.”

Esquire: On traveling with private security:

Laura:No. We are not. It’s been so chaotic. I think we do have a security person on with us now, on our team, but I haven’t had a chance to even address that.” (emphasis mine ~ES)

While in no way placing the blame of the assault on Laura Logan herself, I do think at least at the time of the interview, security was an afterthought.   There may or may not have been a trained agent from the states with her, and if there was, his available resources may have been minimal.  It is also likely that a local(s) could have been used, at which point the vetting process could have been anywhere on the scale of “bad” to “very bad’.  It is also possible that none of this was the case and the network provided Mrs. Logan with an equipped team of seasoned security professionals qualified to go into a potential hot spot with their primary responsibility of protecting their client — not of making sure she got an award winning news story.  It’s possible, but based off of my personal experiences, unlikely.

This is a story i’ll be following with great interest, and it is my hope that corporations placing their employees in hostile situations overseas begin to recognize the value of being proactive with security.  Sadly, Laura Logan has paid a high price for that lesson.

~Elijah Shaw

Fighting Autism

Join Joey on his 2nd Annual Ride

The 2nd Annual ‘JOEY’S RIDE’ to support the Autism Society of Minnesota

A day of Motorcycle’s, Live Bands, Cold Beer, Good Food, Good Friends and Good Times. Everyone is Welcome! (and don’t worry, you don’t have to ride a bike to come out.)Last years event was a huge success. Join us again this year. Featuring an extended ride, live bands, taco bar, raffles, drink specials.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that autism occurs in as many as 1 in 150 individuals in the United States.  Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries.  Supporting events like this helps enhance the lives of those living with the disorder.

When:

Saturday, May 1st 2010

Where:

Tavern on the Ave. aka “Spanky’s” located at 825 Jefferson Ave. in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Time:

Motorcycle Ride

11:00am (10am Check-in)

Bands

4:00pm – 8:00pm

Cost:

$15 Admission

Kids 5 and under are free

* 100% of the proceeds go to the Autism Society of Minnesota

For more information visit: http://www.evilroadspiritsridingclub.com/

For more information on the Autism Society of Minnesota (AUSM) visit: http://www.ausm.org/

~I’ll be there.  Sometimes helping people doesn’t require a badge.

ICON Inauguration Security Services

Inauguration Security Website - DNC Security.com

Yep, Back at it again…

The Teams are on the ground and moving around.

For celebrities, private individuals and corporate executives attending functions associated with the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, ICON can provide you with premium security services.

For more information visit www.DNCSecurity.com or contact 651-695-8778.

(One day i’ll have to share with my Blog readers how I almost got the Obama account before he hit the stratosphere –and the Secret Service.)

Anarchists planned kidnapping of RNC delegates

RNC Welcoming Commitee Flyer

A year ago, the Ramsey County sheriff’s office began looking closely at a group called the Republican National Convention Welcoming Committee.

What it found, according to an 18-page search warrant application and affidavit, led to weekend raids on two Minneapolis homes and a temporary St. Paul office for the self-described anarchist group.

According to the document, investigation learned:

The self-described anarchist group — whose main goal was to “crash” the Republican National Convention,” according to its Web site — traveled to or communicated with affinity groups in 67 cities to recruit members and raise money.

Group members discussed the possibility of kidnapping delegates, blockading bridges, using liquid sprayers filled with urine or chemicals on police and throwing marbles to trip police and their horses.

At an “action camp” held from July 31 to Aug. 3 in Lake Geneva, Minn., one member talked of concealing inside giant puppets “materials” that could be used on the street. Others discussed the need for Molotov cocktails, paint, caltrops (devices used to puncture tires), bricks and lockboxes for protesters to lock themselves together.

Erik Oseland, one of the six group members arrested here, produced a video called “Video Map of the St. Paul Points of Interest.” It included such major companies as Travelers Insurance and Qwest, hotels such as the Embassy Suites and the Crowne Plaza.

Click on the exerpt for the full story.

ICON CEO, Elijah Shaw, Featured in Minnesota Business Magazine

ICON CEO, Eliah Shaw bodyguarding celebrity client

Minnesota Business Magazine recently did a profile on me in the Out Of The Ordinary section of Business Briefs.  It discuss a little of my background, upcoming plans with the company and most importantly, the ISC SafetyNet.  Click here for the story. 

RNC Convention Brings Security Concerns

Minnesota - Antiwar activists hope to stage a “massive demonstration” on the opening day of the 2008 Republican National Convention that takes them from the State Capitol past the Xcel Energy Center, where the GOP will meet Sept. 1-4.  Whether their vision will come to pass remains to be seen. The Secret Service will set a security perimeter around the convention, and local police officials say they won’t decide on parade permits until next spring.  Full story behind link.

KSTP Television News did a segment on this story that I participated in today.  In it I tried to stress the fact that while permits will not be issued for protesters until 6 months prior to the RNC Convention, Multi-Jurisdictional Tasks forces are already in place prepping for the logistical nightmare that a convention of this size is going to mean for the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN.  (However, how much of that came across in the 14-second sound bite of the 2-minute segment that aired, is open for debate.)  From a security perspective, this will be the biggest event in Minnesota history and proper planning and coordination is essential to ensure the safety of everyone politicians, residents, visitors and protesters.

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