A security professional with a background in law enforcement, Peter Liota studied criminal justice and business management at St. John’s University. He also completed trainings in defensive driving, surveillance, and dignitary protection. Peter Liota leverages his education and 24 years of experience in the field of security to carry out executive protection services at SJC Group, Inc., in New York.
Hired to safeguard world leaders, celebrities, and high-profile executives, executive protection professionals must possess the following mix of skills and experience to effectively fulfill their positions.
1. In addition to having tactical vehicle support, an executive protection professional must have experience in vehicle dynamics. Proficiency in evasive and protective driving techniques is vital.
2. Former involvement with the military or in law enforcement offers advanced training in weaponry, safety procedures, and security techniques. In addition, it provides practice in handling distracting situations.
3. Expert coordination of important documents and information, ranging from blood type to permits, ensures security measures can be executed without complications. For example, executive protection professionals should always make sure their and the client’s blood type is available nearby should an incident occur requiring immediate access. Likewise, they should work with the Office of Protocol to plan what types of weapons and ammunition are cleared for use in specific areas.