“Close Protection Service Qualifications,” by Peter Liota

In order to provide effective close protection services, an individual must be well prepared and trained. This is especially true in situations involving high-profile individuals such as politicians, celebrities, or well-known figures, as you may only have one opportunity to save someone’s life or divert disaster. If service is executed poorly, no second chance exists. The following qualifications outline certain three key areas of training essential to any security professional looking to operate within close protection services.

1. One must be able to assess risks and threats in any situation. This includes client profiling, contingency plan set-up, intelligence gathering, and risk prioritizing.

2. Surveillance should stand out as a top focus for security providers. Individuals must maintain the ability to identify people or groups who put forth unwanted attention, such as stalkers or media personnel. Surveillance and counter-surveillance techniques should also be utilized with familiarity and ease.

3. The ability to carry out operational planning is also a necessity, and a security provider must understand the purpose and importance of such planning. Additionally, the design and implementation should be selected carefully and executed based on the specific situation, location, and individual being protected.

About the Author:
Peter Liota owns the executive protection firm SJC Group in New York City. With several decades of experience in law enforcement and security, Mr. Liota provides an unmatched level of service, specializing in close protection, crown management, and intelligence gathering. Peter Liota graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in Business Management and Criminal Justice.

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