Close protection how not to!
Close protection has certain ground rule, these are the basic of the art of body guarding and are incorporated in and understood by close protection teams everywhere.
We also take it for granted and assume that the highly placed government officials such as the prime minster who due to sensitivity of their position require 24hr security will benefit from the very best close protection that can be provided.
One would assume that the members of these team are regularly trained and constantly subjected to tests and performance monitoring, one would assume that they are the elites.
These assumptions have been sorely tested a short while ago on the day that the Prime Minster surrounded by his close protection team stepped out of a building from a meeting.
On that occasion a young man ran through the advance guards! Completely unnoticed, he then continued to run toward the Prime Minster who had actually noticed him before even the closest member of the bodyguard team and had raised his elbow in defence.
What followed only underscored the close protection team’s failure, the young man actually ran into and touched the Prime Minster physically had his intentions been malicious and deadly the Prime Minster would be dead!
This would have been an outrageous outcome considering our natural assumption that he is protected by the best the country can offer in close protection.
As the incident unfolded things got worse! While the bodyguards finally decided to tackle the man they did so collectively! The Prime Minster was left to make his way to his with no protection.
The incident highlighted so many failures in the close protection team both individually and collectively that it’s footage is bound to become a prime teaching tools for close protection courses everywhere in order to show how not to bodyguard anyone. At SQR centre of excellence we teach future close protection operatives vigilance, dynamic threat and risk assessment, standard operating procedures, foot formations, individual roles and responsibilities , operational planning, emergency response, physical intervention and many other subjects any one of which would have prevented the event to occur the way it did .