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Berlin attack

Multiple failures by security and the legal system in Germany and Italy lay behind the Berlin attack might be the first conclusion after the event .

The general belief is that widest and the most encompassing circle of defence is the intelligence service of a country when dealing with terrorist attacks of any nature. As such it is the most important and the first line of defence and failure and oversights at this point will inevitability mean the attack will go ahead unless luck intervenes.

The issues raised after the attack in terms of on the ground changes will have only marginal effects. Measures such as traffic management systems, barriers, permanent re-routing away from attractions and other large scale people hubs can only be considered as last line of defence systems, armed police and military standby units are much the same.

If we examine the movement of the Tunisian Anis Amri and his repeated interactions with the security services in Germany and Italy we can see how bureaucracy and security can make very poor bedfellows.

Of course, there are many other factors such as resources, prioritisation of threats, political climate at the time. One must also consider the huge influx of refugees and the inevitable strains it caused in the systems governing Germany.

Much was made of the movement of the man involved after the event i.e his travels across Europe and his final demise in Italy where he had previously served a three-year sentence and told to leave the country.

Some interesting information has also emerged on the events leading to the attack,  such as the hijacking and killing of the driver of the Polish truck.

But these are of little significance comparing to the attacker being on Germany’s top list of individuals to watch, he was under surveillance for up to six month, his arrests, the failure of his asylum application, failed deportation, his multiple false IDs /nationalities and releases back into society after legal deadlocks.

If one aspect of being part of a wide European umbrella is enhanced security one must see this man’s presence, his constant criminality and his clear slow path into self-radicalisation without any decisive intervention from the authorities as a failure.

Pondering the tactical changes on the ground only deals with some issues but the larger issues will loom large regardless, among them are:

Finding a balance between security and human rights and the impact of any measure on society and quality of life as whole.

The wider European collaboration and coordination for security services.

But the Gorilla in the room is wider foreign policy decisions that has led directly to civil wars, regime changes, mass movements of people, armed radical movements  supported by governments in opposition to their normal treaty statues with each other is to name but  a few.

First circle of security may just be the right political decisions.

 

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SQR national meeting

SQR team leader’s national meeting.

National meeting of SQR's team leaders

SQR group’s national meeting

SQR group’s national meeting in London conducted at the HQ of the group.

The meeting addressed by Shai Slagter the co founder of the SQR to highlight the importance of individual staff members and their team leaders in the growth of the company. In addition company structure and ambitions were also explained and the team were invited to participated in forward movement of the SQR.

The day long meeting included Q&E session, leadership enhancement sessions. The day concluded by dinner and refreshments at a top London restaurant.

SQR’s rapid growth across United Kingdom and its international services is built upon its core attributes enshrined in its very name , Security  Quality  Reliability .

Close Protection USA

Close protection USA

Close Protection in USA a reality check

Let’s take a look at some facts and figures so that we can identify the real Threats and Risk and not the falsely perceived namely Terrorism which accounts for 31 deaths on average in USA with the 9/11 taken into account.Close protection in USA is about more about professional approach to the fundamentals and basics than the glory hugging action hero gestures and posturing .

Some 13,286 people were killed in the US by firearms in 2015, and 26,819 people were injured (those figures exclude suicide]) Those figures are likely to rise by several hundred, once incidents in the final week of the year are counted. Source:  Gun Violence Archive

The US death toll between 1968 and 2011 surpasses all wars ever fought by the country. There were about 1.4 million firearm deaths in that period, compared with 1.2 million US deaths in every conflict from the War of Independence to Iraq. Source: Politifact.

There were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and injuring 1,870. A mass shooting is describing a single shooting incident which kills or injures four or more people, including the assailant. Source: Mass Shooting Tracker

There are thought to be about 300 million guns in the US, owned by about a third of the population so that is 106.6 million people with guns.

There were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870. These events take place in cinemas, shopping malls and all public.

source the Mass Shooting Tracker.

There were an estimated 1,165,383 violent crimes (murder and non-negligent homicides, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults) reported by law enforcement.)

There are approximately 1.4 million active gang members comprising more than 33,000 gangs in the United States.

Source 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment FBI

343 well-armed anti-government militias numbering over 100.000 members, many have been involved in armed stand offs with federal and local forces.

Added to that there are 800,000 armed police with a stablished reputation of using their weapons aggressively.

The main threat in USA is guns and crime and occasionally the law enforcements. The figures make it clear that this is no Walt Disney landscape and you need to develop a good local knowledge for example of crime hotspots, type of crimes, active gangs, and their area of operation and methodology.

It is essential to take into account active, current threats rather than the news driven high profile threats that frankly are statically should be very low on the scale of priorities.

Essential tools for close protection operative in USA is an accurate threat and risk assessment, thorough planning, well-practised situational & spatial awareness and hopefully a gun!

harry potter premier secured by SQR group

Harry Potter , J.K.Rowling and SQR group

London has reinforced its world reputation as number one cultural and international centre by hosting the premier of Harry Potter theatre show at the renowned Palace theatre at the heart of the capital

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As expected the cream of the celebrities from the world of politics, entertainment and sports were in attendance alongside J.K Rowling.

Other luminaries in attendance were  comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel, and London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan

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(Avi Navama SQR group’s co-founder on the far left with J.K Rowling  on the foreground at the premier

This posed a unique security problem, given the nature of the event, the location and the current threat level.

SQR were the obvious choice to secure the event and were in full attendance with a large team of SQR trained close protection officer alongside of the co-founders of SQR Shai Slagter and Avi Navama.

The coordination and planning of such events are a key aspect of SQR’s expertise.

SQR group secures many of the London’s high net worth individuals and prestigious land marks along side performing similar  tasks internationally.

SQR groups maintains its high standard by training most of its front line security staff through its own centre of excellence located in London.

 

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Close Protection with blindfolds on

Close Protection with blindfolds on

So often the individuals involved in the industry overlook the implications of the wider world events on all aspects of their profession .They seem to live in a self-created bubble that mostly comforts them in the belief that keeping up with physical aspects of the art form is sufficient to deliver them and their clients into a safe zone of their own making!.

The latest guns and body armour or paramilitary accessories seems to dominate conversation and the mental aspect seem to be one of endurance coping with pressure and alertness, all no doubt of great importance.

Never the less the best guns and armour and military attire and speaking in abbreviations will not protect anyone if you have blindfolds on!

Blindfolds addressed here are the lack of interest and in depth knowledge of fast changing world events with bewildering range of consequence on the field. This has many root causes but a close Protection Operative cannot get by with excuses in effect if you can’t tell the difference between various factions be they religious, ethnic or political and at times understanding that they combine and form a front that has defeated large military forces who have played ignorant of them.

In short if you don’t know your Shia from Sunni or have never heard of Wahhabi or Salafism and have never attempted to understand the clan mind set inherent in many Arab countries or think Iranians are Arabs and are in any way confused about difference between Judaism and Zionism or Palestinian issue don’t go to Middle east and if you still think of Turkey as depicted in your holiday brochure and think streets of Europe are not effected by any of the above hang up your hat and stay in.

Indeed if you have no idea why the Ukrainians and Russians are aiming guns at each other stay out of there too for good measure if you don’t understand and care to study the social back ground of your area of operation do yourself and your clients and team mates  a favour and stay home  as the crucial and fundamental part of the work that of  “ threat and risk assessment “ has everything to do with understanding the key triggers in the environments you are going to work and if you don’t get that no amount of military attire ,gung-ho attitude and jargon on the radio is going to protect you .

Poorang

 

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Terrorist attack is highly likely in UK

MI5 states that the security level in UK is sever.

The impact of foreign policy decisions have seem to enflamed the dangers on the home front further. The complexities of the Middle East conflict have seemed to overtaken the processing powers of the policy makers .The seemingly unexplainable position in arming and training various armed factions with sophisticated weaponry in the shifting sands of loyalties and zigzagging policy positions have clearly increased the risks in UK.

The UK’s position is further undermined by the fact that some of its allies and partners in the region have for some time financed and assisted the hard line Sunni Islam sect that have fuelled ISIS in its atrocities.

Furthermore the same sponsors have been allowed for over two decade to finance their own particular Islamic sects (Wahhabi & Salafi) in UK by Building mosques and appointing Imams to propagate their version of Islam. This has set the scene for birth of Islamic radicalism in UK.

This has led to UK born jihadists and terrorist who not only travel to fight for ISIS but also are the main reason for the UK security level being set to SEVER.

The only way forward is a complete realignment of policies of western powers in the region allied with reappraisal of the origins of security threats and risks in UK.

training-partnership

SQR corporate partnership scheme for close protection

The partnership will remove all logistic and management costs involved in running a training centre while offering a professionally run course to your applicants & existing staff and still enjoying from financial benefits for your company.

This scheme is based upon SQR carrying out the courses on your behalf  of its official corporate partners.

SQR group  specialises in running an enhanced Close Protection course incorporating additional modules such as  over seas Firearm training, Urban Surveillance and Krav Maga self defence.

If you are operating a security company and would like to provide training this offers a perfect solution.

Our training is conducted at our fully equipped North London HQ by our team of highly qualified instructors. SQR courses are unique in their depth, attention to detail, cost effectiveness and direct input by the founders of SQR who are some of the most experienced in the security field in the world.

SQR group  has been conducting close protection courses for over two years in London .SQR group is also a major provider  of operatives in the field of close protection .

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SQR Solutions

Participate at SQR group

SQR group announces the Participate scheme. Participate scheme  will give the participants an opportunity to experience the special courses provided by SQR by obtaining discounts or free entry as well as keeping them informed about SQR group activities. These will include Firearm, First Aid, Krav Maga self-defense, Urban surveillance,Technical Attack Surveillance  and the ultimately an opportunity to have access to SQR’s enhanced Close Protection course.

Participate at SQR group will keep participants informed via email and face book of upcoming courses and special opportunities planned for each.

To register simply email participate@sqrgroup.com

 

 

SQR raises the standard of provision of security for institutions by providing SQR trained staff for the industry.

 

 

 

Security, Quality and Reliability are the foundations of the company and they are what distinguishes

‘SQR group’ from other companies in the UK market in particular, and the Global market as a whole.

 

‘SQR group’ places supreme importance in the recruiting and training of the most highly qualified

Personnel, creating a unique team to be trusted both personally and professionally.

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Technical Surveillance SQR group

Surveillance  workshop  by SQR group

The Technical Surveillance attack workshop conducted by a top field professional. This  work shop is being at SQR’s centre of excellence . It will advance the candidates  knowledge of current technical surveillance environment. They will be introduced to some of the most advance equipment and their capability. Technical aspects covered are Audio, Video, Long range covert surveillance, image intensification.

SQR’s Technical surveillance workshop is set to be a great successes with attendance from active CP, Police, Military personnel . Join us for the next session .

SQR group conducts an Enhanced close protection course .The close protection course has many additional modules over the required by SIA for its licences.

Understanding Surveillance in all its forms is a key aspect of close protection work in the modern era.

The workshop is one day long and is certificated By SQR group.

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Close protection how not to!

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.

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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.

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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 .

Poorang