Just completed the March 2011 ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Course. The 5 day program is a mentally and physically taxing class that is designed to offer the student realistic training and education in the world of Executive Protection. Bringing together individuals from varied backgrounds and levels of experience, it is always interesting to watch them gel together in completion of the series of task assigned throughout the course.
Kudos to the recent graduates for a job well done.
Just completed the September 5-day ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Course! Thank you to the 24 students that crossed the finish-line and gave their time, attention and hard earned dollars to attend. It was great to have the attendees from various backgrounds, ages, colors & genders, meet in an environment that leveled the playing field. One of the major phrases I returned to time and again during the course is that “it’s a thinking person’s game“. You did not have to be the biggest or strongest or best shooter to gain the skills to make your mark on the Executive Protection Industry.
Tomorrow begins the next ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Course and we’re all very proud to say we once again have a sold out class. Looking forward to the dynamic mix of seasoned professionals polishing their skills and newcomers just getting started in the industry.
Also very excited to have Dave Marris on board as a Guest Instructor this course. In the close protection arena his background is one who’s “been there, done that”, so we’re especially glad to have an active Operator take the time to help out.
Pretty certain the only sleep I get for the next 5 days will occur around the same time the paperboy is making deliveries, and end before he’s done.
Minneapolis, MN September 8-12th 2010 – Icon Services Corporation present a five-day course of practical theory and hands-on training in the world of Celebrity & VIP Protection. If you are new to the bodyguard industry or a current operator looking to refresh and polish your skills, this course will offer excellent instruction into the professional side of Close Protection work. Taught by industry veteran Elijah Shaw, who in addition to his corporate clients, has traveled the world as the personal bodyguard of international public figures such as musical giant Usher, supermodel Naomi Campbell, and rap megastar 50 Cent, the course will offer real world problems, scenarios, and solutions from instructors that are currently active in the industry.
“Your training is an invaluable tool to your industry. I was very impressed how realistic the training was that you provide. Having been taught by the best, I can honestly state that I learned quite a bit in your class. There is always room for improving ones skill set, and your training definitely added to mine”.
Here are some of the photos during the recent ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Training Course. In this actual Force on Force exercise, attendees escort their VIP from a building to a nearby vehicle, however armed assailants conduct an ambush. The students are evaluated on their reactions and decisions made. The level of realism is intensified by the use of Airsoft weapons that deliver a realistic (and at times painful) simulation of taking fire and having to return fire against a live person. (click on the photo to enlarge)
Fig 1. After identifying an imminent threat, the front security escort moves forward and prepares to engage.
Fig 2. the primary bodyguard, assisted by the 2nd security escort covers and evacuates the VIP to the nearby vehicle –finding it disabled.
Fig 3. The primary bodyguard elects to move the VIP to the far side of the vehicle, using it for cover. At this point, the 2nd security escort has drawn his firearm and engaged the attackers from the rear of the vehicle.
The next course is September 8-12, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To learn about additional Close Protection training from ICON Services Corporation, click HERE.
A very small sampling of the drills that go into honing skills in the Executive & VIP Protection Industry. These are the building blocks that create the total package that clients, Detail Leaders and decision makers are looking for.
The guys that attended the recent training course were from all backgrounds and walks of life, but I think what was so impressive is that regardless of their pedigree’sthey put their egos on the shelf (well mostly) and engaged in the physical and mental exertions that form muscle memory. Continue on that path and at when the moment of truth comes, your actions (or reactions) are on autopilot.
For more information on ICON Executive Protection Training, click HERE.
Looks to be a great group of guys this class. Everyone showed up on time and ready to work. By the end of the day you could see the exhaustion, but I feel if your going to invest your time and hard earned cash, the payout should be worth it. Correct?
Just got off a (LONG) 22 hr flight from South Africa. Touched down and received word that the Today Show piece we did in conjunction with Harlan Austin at Bodyguard Careers aired. I’ll get a proper post up later, but in the meantime, catch the segment.
And if your interested in learning more about the training (for males or females) click HERE.
Hot off the presses the latest issue of The Circuit Magazine – The Magazine for Bodyguards and Security Professionals is now on sale. If you haven’t yet had the chance to check out previous issues, each one is chock full of exciting articles, up to date information, and engaging interviews covering the full spectrum of the Executive Protection industry.
The feature story this issue is a great one by Executive Protection Agent, Michael Briggs, focusing on 6 days in the life of a Bodyguard operating during a major sporting event.
In addition, there are wonderful articles by contributors Ryan Nash and Cindy Sommer as well as industry-specific book review, columns and regular features on everything from Penetration Testing to Firearm reviews.
To order the latest issue of The Circuit, click HERE. Alternatively, you can receive a free one year subscription to The Circuit by joining the North American Bodyguard Association (NABA) or their UK counterpart the British Bodyguard Association. Memberships are reasonably prices and contain many additional benefits. Simply click on the links to learn more about the organizations.
The Daily Mail is reporting that female police bodyguards assigned to protecting the UK Royal Family and the Prime Minister are being armed with what they term ‘baby’ guns in a effort to recruit more women officers to the role.
The gun is actually the Glock 26, nicknamed the “Baby Glock” due to its smaller sized barrel and grip.
The debate centers on if this model is sufficient enough for close protection work as it would come as a replacement for the standard issued full sized Glock 17.