Executive Protection Personnel – Panoptic Solutions | Russ Price

EXECUTIVE PROTECTION PERSONNEL

Executive Protection is all about people. The right people, in the right place, at the right time doing the right job for our clients. Panoptic Solutions prides itself on employing, contracting and engaging the right people. We are fortunate to have a team consisting of former military, law enforcement, emergency services and corporate security professionals. Our Executive Protection Operatives and Agents come from diverse backgrounds and bring with it diverse skills and experiences.

Former stunt actor, Russell Price is no different. As well as being one of Panoptic Solutions go to Australian Bodyguards and Team Leaders, Russ has worked alongside some of the greatest martial arts actors in the world, like Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Aside from his work as a stunt actor, he has an impressive resume with 10 years in the British Royal Marines, 40 years in the martial arts space and 23 years working within the security industry internationally. Not to mention, he has a 6-dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2015.

Russ recently sat down with Troy on the Wheels Up podcast to discuss how his previous experiences have shaped his work in the security industry while giving you some practical tips to look out for when travelling.

Executive Protection Personnel  – Highlights talking to Russ Price

1. How martial arts can help shape a career in security.
2. Acting with Jet Li in one of the coolest fight scenes you’ll see in a movie.
3. Working with Jackie Chan.
4. Why prominent people like Jean-Claude Van Damme need executive protection personnel and close protection services.
5. How to stay alert when travelling.
6. Working with the U.S Secret Services and the European Dignitary Protection Unit.
7. ​Challenges faced when emigrating from the U.K to Australia in the security world.
8. Camp Black – the reboot for brain and body retreat.
9. Ebook – The Seven Golden Secrets.

Dont forget to go to our previous article and podcast on Business Travellers Essential Pre-Departure Travel & Security Checklist – where you can download a FREE Travellers checklist and be kept up todate with relevant travel and security information.

Acting with Military Precision

Ex serviceman Troy Claydon tells Jonathan Jackson about the correlation between Airforce disciplines and how his business Panoptic Solutions is meeting the security needs of vulnerable businesses and individuals.

The harsh, military environment has been a breeding ground for many entrepreneurs. As Bill Murphy Jnr says in an article for Inc. Magazine, “veterans bring amazing advantages to the entrepreneurial game – things like discipline, perspective, leadership ability, and the learned skill of seeing problems as opportunities – to say nothing of having accomplished ambitious goals with the weight of a gigantic bureaucracy on their backs.”

Troy Claydon is no exception and has built an exceptional business on the back of his military training. Claydon spent 14 years with the Royal Australian Airforce as an Airfield Defence Guard (RAAF Security and Ground Forces).

“During my military service I completed the Australian Army’s Military Police Close Personal Protection Course (Military Body Guard training) and deployed Operationally to Dili, East Timor with our unit,” Claydon says.

This experience provided near-perfect grounding for a tilt at business. However, if there is one more lesson the military teaches it is to be thorough in preparation.

Claydon had been thinking about starting his own business during his time in the Airforce, but before he made any attempt he would make sure that he had all his ducks in a row.

This meant a further four years as a Private Security Operator working in Iraq, providing personal protection and ultimately operational oversight to construction project managers, journalists, DOD personnel and communications project personnel. He then spent a further six years as an on-road Paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service. This combined with his training in South Africa at the internationally renowned RONIN gave him the skillset he required to start his own business.

“RONIN was my first real exposure to realistic and relevant medical training for working within a hostile environment. This training ended up being an invaluable skill, which I took back to Iraq. From that point on, I was much more confident in situations requiring medical treatments.”

Panoptic was founded in 2012 after Claydon identified a shortfall in the security services for professional companies.

“After completing RONIN and working in the Middle East I saw a great advantage to having two capabilities integrate together,” Claydon says. “I wanted Panoptic to be more than just a security company, but rather a business that could also offer health solutions.”

The word Panoptic means all encompassing. It was a well-thought out name for a business that traverses the world and offers a complete form of protection that includes physical safety, health and security.

In its short existence it has become trusted by some of the most influential organizations and individuals in the world to prepare contingency plans for potentially high-risk situations.

“In the early days I was still working on the road as a Paramedic, attempting to build a business and deliver professional services to our clients,” Claydon says. “Initially I was augmenting security teams by myself, however, as the combination of security and medical support was recognized as an advantage I was able to bring on more personnel. I was also taking small jobs providing medical support to events. I started with a single 4×4 vehicle that I outfitted with advanced medical equipment including a defibrillator, ECG Monitor, oxygen and trauma stores. Our event medical capability has now grown to provide support on a national basis with multiple vehicles and contractors. The personal protection, travel health, safety and security capability has also grown to include a core group of managers with contractors both domestically and internationally. I knew that the product we had was a great one and it was all about getting in front of the key decision makers to inform them of what we are able to offer.”

That combination of security and medical support is what makes Panoptic unique.

“When clients contract the services of a bodyguard or a protection detail there is an automatic assumption that the bodyguard will ward off any harm, this is not always the case. There is always a chance that some harm may come to the principle no matter how much planning or protection is in place. This may not be the cause of an attack, it may be from a motor accident i.e. Princess Diana, it may be from a simple fall at a public event, (think Madonna’s recent fall off stage) or it may be while conducting physical exercise and exerting oneself i.e. chest pain. Having a bodyguard or close protection operator who has three black belts or is an expert marksman is all well and good, however, this won’t help when there is a critical medical incident. Furthermore the care we provide extends not only to the principle, but also their family members including children. We have had need to treat family members with Asthma and one who was having an allergic reaction. First aid training only goes so far and when working overseas or in remote regions advanced health care is not always available within a suitable timeframe. Having a highly trained Executive Protection Paramedic provides real time instant medical response while ensuring safety and security. At the end of the day, we provide a holistic approach to safety and security and peace of mind for clients.”

The business grew through a combination of word of mouth and a small amount of marketing. So much so that Panoptic has been employed to look after families and businesses in relation to events as large as the London Olympics.

“I was fortunate enough to be able to work with a multinational team made up of US and UK security professionals for a HNW family over multiple locations across England. Panoptic Solutions was not the lead contractor on this, but rather augmented the team with both security and medical support. I believe that it was the security team who was required to adapt more than the actual family. We had to become familiar with routes, venues and train the drivers who were allocated to us. The entire team worked in unison and provided a seamless delivery to the principle.”

Working in foreign environments isn’t easy. Each region has its own complexities, including cultural and language barriers, as well as legal differences. The Panoptic team researches each environment it goes into to ensure that their preparation is watertight.

This attention to detail has attracted clients including Fortune 500 companies, top executives and High Net Worth Individuals, who feel they are in reliable hands. This is testimony to the way Claydon has built the business and a reflection of his own thorough approach to life and business.

Claydon now has his sights set on South East Asia expansion as well as being the go-to security service for high net worth individuals and corporate organizations.

“I am interested in steady and sustainable growth where we can provide full time employment for a large team of professionals over multiple locations,” Claydon says.

Meanwhile Claydon wants to expand Panoptic to the point where he can draw back and have his management team run the daily operations, with Troy providing the strategic leadership.

No doubt, this will be done with military precision.

Introducing Wheels Up Podcast Co-host Steve Albritton

We’re excited to introduce co-host, Steven Albritton, to our listeners.

Steve Albritton served with the Marines and a state police force in the USA before taking on a role as security manager for a high net worth individual and family.

Since leaving that role, Steve has established OPStructure, an industry consultancy taking on project work but focussing on executive protection recruitment and team building.

Steve is the principal owner of OPStructure, based out of Florida. He has vast experience in the security world, not only in the USA but internationally. Executive protection is a very different ball game in the USA, so it will be great to get Steve’s view on particular topics and past experiences working within and outside of the USA.

Panoptic Solutions, Troy Claydon and Opstructure’s Steve Albritton will be bringing you key professionals at the top of their game in specific industries to discuss key safety and security issues. Furthermore, they will be able to provide expert commentary on all matters relating to safety and security from both sides of the world.

Highlights within this Wheels Up Podcast episode:

1. Politics moulding the security industry

2. OPStructure overview

3. Mention of ASIS international

3. Challenges faced by smaller executive protection companies

4. Update on Panoptic Solutions

5. What to expect from the Wheels Up as a team moving forward

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A holistic approach to close protection services – Interview with Ronin SA’s Timm Smith.

AN INTERVIEW ABOUT CLOSE PROTECTION WITH RONIN SA FOUNDER, TIMM SMITH

Close Protection, Close Personal Protection, Bodyguarding or Executive Protection, call it what you will, there is an art to providing a professional service. With a global network of graduates who started as students searching for that level of professionalism,  Ronin SA is cited as one of the most renowned civilian training academies for protection training. Located in Cape Town South Africa, the academy has an unmatched environment that covers all aspects of protection training from firearm competency training to experiencing frontline ambulance shifts, all in the heart of South Africa and its unpredictable climate.

In this episode, you’ll hear from the founder of Ronin SA, Timm Smith, who has an unprecedented CV within the personal protection arena. You’ll learn all about Timm’s journey, the creation of Ronin SA and its high standards while learning what it takes to be a Ronin student and graduate.

Episode Highlights:

1. Differences between the UK and the US for close protection training
2. The evolution of close protection training
3. Battles within a unified war
4. Bringing the medical aspect into the protection space
5. Despite Ronin SA strict application process, their high standards mean 25% of students do not make it to graduation
6. What makes a great Ronin student
7. How do highly qualified doctors hold up against Ronin’s standards
8. What’s next for Ronin SA?

Ronin SA offers advanced world class expert training throughout the year. There are several courses on offer including their close protection training as well as their emergency care and medical training packages.

Training details are outlined on the Ronin SA website. There is even a pop up where you can talk direct to the staff.

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Wheels Up Security Podcast- Wheels Up Is Back With Some Exciting Changes

Sorry to have left you hanging – we’ve been on a quick breather due to the workload with clients across multiple countries. We’re back, and we’ve made some exciting new changes to the format of our podcast.

In this podcast, you’ll find out about our changes, hear our outstanding lineup of guest speakers for the next several weeks and get a quick update on Panoptic Solutions.

Wheels Up Episode Highlights:

What’s been happening.
Our latest lineup of guests to appear on the show
Announcing a new part time co-host.
Update on Panoptic Solutions
Missing persons case, Annapuranee Jenkins.
Quick note on ANZAC Day.

Listen to the latest Podcast update embedded at the bottom of this article.

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You can find more episodes on our Blogs page.

Thanks for listening.

Gold Coast Bulletin – Gold Coast Firm provides bodyguard paramedics to the rich

Ryan Keen, Gold Coast Bulletin – A GOLD Coast military veteran believes he’s on to a winning formula, providing executive protection with paramedics who double as bodyguards.

Ex-Australian Defence Force member Troy Claydon said his company, Panoptic Solutions, was thriving with increasing numbers of high net-worth people seeking its combination service in the past six months.

The 39-year-old started the firm in 2011 after 14 years in the military and five years in war-torn Iraq as a private security contractor.

The idea for Panoptic, which has a charge out rate of $1000 to $2000 a day, came after he spent some Iraq leave in South Africa with a team of paramedics.

“My plan was always to try and put those two services together — the medical and the security. They go so well together.

“When I tell people I’m in the medical security business, they do a double-take.”

On return to the Gold Coast from Iraq in 2009, Mr Claydon signed up for the Queensland Ambulance Service and trained as a paramedic.

The company’s medical director is Brisbane former army doctor Kieran McCarthy, who has experience attached to Special Operations teams in Afghanistan.

The chief operating officer Simon Taylor is a former combat medic.

Mr Claydon said having bodyguards with high-level medical training provided great peace of mind for people seeking personal protection.

“If something goes wrong, whether you’re injured or whatever, the first person people look to are the bodyguards,” he said.

“And while most bodyguards are trained in emergency medicine or first aid, they don’t generally have paramedic-level training.”

Mr Claydon will not disclose the identity of his high-profile clients but says he has looked after executives, television personalities and Department of Defence staff.

A looming job includes protection for an American at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Panoptic’s range of jobs have included helping relocate women escaping domestic violence, bigshot executives on business trips and wealthy families on holidays.

They also do transport logistics plus “health intelligence”, assessing medical treatment facilities in overseas areas.

“We did a job on the Gold Coast for a retail manager who was extorted — he was kidnapped, tortured and extorted.

“After that incident he started receiving more threats and we put a protection detail on him.”

His firm takes on about six “big” jobs of three to four weeks each a year plus smaller ones.

Demand for the services had increased noticeably in the past six months which he believed was due to increasing fear of random terrorist threats.

“People are realising the world has changed, this kind of security is becoming more important.”

Mr Claydon said he was no Kevin Costner in reference to the famous movie The Bodyguard.

“We’re very low-key and discreet — we don’t walk around with earpieces in and dark sunglasses on.

“That’s not what we do.”

Bodyguard, Paramedic or Both? Experience in the protection detail.

As we see the rapid realisation by Executive Protection Agents & Bodyguards worldwide of the need to increase their medical qualifications, the prudent point of experience and ongoing exposure must be taken into account.

As previously demonstrated with the role of executive protection, it is one thing to have a certificate for a course, however experience and exposure to the working environment proves invaluable.

The same cannot be truer for the medical capability of this role. With the evolution of EP/EMT qualifications the need to have a method of ongoing exposure and gained experience in pre hospital medicine is imperative. Medical knowledge, skills and training are all perishable and easily lost if not routinely practised.

With the nature of this role when your medical skills are required it will be under pressure and probably in very difficult circumstances. To then be standing in front of your client trying to recall the lessons of your course is unacceptable.

Maintaining Skills

For instance, here at Panoptic Solutions our EP/Paramedics are able to maintain skills and qualifications by working with local EMS and ambulance services. Our EMT’s conduct regular continuation training overseen by our Paramedics, as well as participate as first responders treating actual patients at the events covered by our medical wing – Panoptic First Response.

Maintenance of all skills surrounding executive protection operations is imperative to ensure a well rounded protection service to the principal/client. Simply firing a pistol once a year doesn’t make you a marksman, conducting 3 days of defensive tactics doesn’t make you a bodyguard and conducting 1 week of EMT training doesn’t make you a medic. These are all great starting points, however, its up to the individual to conduct professional development and up to the security provider/company to ensure that appropriately trained personnel are tasked within the team.

Australian Bodyguards & EP Providers – 5 tips

AUSTRALIAN BODYGUARDS AND EXECUTIVE PROTECTION PROVIDERS – FIVE ITEMS TO LOOK FOR WHEN ENGAGING AN EXECUTIVE PROTECTION PROVIDER IN AUSTRALIA

 

Professional Australian Bodyguards and Executive Protection Providers can be a rare commodity. Searching for an executive protection provider for the first time can be slightly daunting.  Here are some things to look for which, in our view, are good indicators of competence and quality when searching for Australian Bodyguards.

Field Experience

The experience and qualifications of the personnel are usually highly indicative of the caliber of service the security firm will provide.  Look for high-quality military or law enforcement experience and inquire about the length and sophistication of that experience.  Additionally, check if the personnel have advanced qualifications or formal training such as medical or executive protection certifications. If so, where are those qualifications from and how do they compare with the highest industry standards. Australian Bodyguards and EP operatives with international field experience are a value add.

Licensing Requirement

Each state requires security firms to hold a license. Boutique firms can utilise strategic alliances with partnering companies when operating out of state. Furthermore, each executive Protection Operative needs to hold a valid Australian Bodyguards Licence.

Communication

Excellent communication is a key determinant of the overall quality of an executive protection provider.  If the company representative or your account manager does not take the time to effectively communicate with you early on, they may not address the nuances of your needs later on.  When first engaging with them, look for how clearly and confidently the company presents itself. Do the representatives put you at ease?  How well do they listen to you?

Value for money

Executive protection is not cheap and, if you’re getting professionals, it shouldn’t be.  When the cost of an executive protection service looks especially low, the value for money is likely even lower.  This is due to the economics of this business: The price is highly sensitive to experience and qualifications, legal and operating costs, etc.  Nonetheless, do look for value for money. Ensure that you are getting qualified and highly competent professionals as indicated by their experience and qualifications (not goons in suits). There are some other value-adds to keep an eye out for. Are they bilingual or know the language of a country you are traveling to? Do they have advanced medical training? Are there male and female personnel? These and other add-ons make for an excellent team.

Company Reputation

This can be as simple as a Google search or checking through online forums. You may find something that doesn’t sit right with you for whatever reason, so be willing to dig deeper. Try to get a sense of what the company stands for? What are its values and how are they indicated in the behavior of the company (not just a shiny website with cliché words).  If you go with a reputable provider with a professional and positive culture, you can’t go wrong. For example, Panoptic Solutions has invested a lot of time into ensuring we have the right people performing the right job in a positive and professional work environment. Look for companies with a similar approach. Furthermore, if the company has referals located on their website be sure to view and explore these further. Who are they from and what type of weight do the hold, an exapmle of quality referals and refernces can be found at the bottom of Panoptic Solutions home page )

Are you travelling to Australia and need security for you, your family or your staff?

Contact Panoptic Solutions today and talk with one of our protection specialists about Australian Bodyguards and Executive Protection services in Australia. Call +61 1300 651 407 or email us at info@panopticsolutions.com

 

Sydney Bodyguards & Executive Protection Services

Sydney Bodyguards : Sydney, Australia has an active criminal element like every other major city around the world. Corporations and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWI) frequently turn to local Sydney protective services to keep senior executives, visitors, and family members safe.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that in 2015/2016 the New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) responded to, 29,444 domestic violence-related reports, 31,442 reports of violent assaults, non-domestic related, 6,850 acts of sexual offenses and indecency, and 4,959 sexual assaults. There were 32 attempted murders in 2016 and 62 homicides.

The Australian government continues to rate the terrorism risk for Sydney and the rest of Australia as “probable.”

From 2014-2017, there were 12 disruptive plots and four terrorist attacks, many of which occurred in Sydney NSW.

Sydney Bodyguards – Essential Safety and Security Duties

Sydney Bodyguards or Executive Protection (EP) operatives/agents, often called bodyguards, perform important safety and security duties in Sydney for residents and tourists.

The older more general label “bodyguard” conjures visions large, massive and imposing individuals surrounding the protectee. While bouncers and others may engender that stereotype, effective personal protection requires much more than an intimidating presence.

Executive Protection Agents or Operatives provided by Premier Security and Risk Management companies in Sydney like Panoptic Solutions provide comprehensive security planning tailored to the individuals lifestyle.

Executive Protection professionals use preparation and planning to identify risks and take steps to mitigate the potential threats before any actual attack occurs. EP specialists often protect the client’s family and offer customisable security packages that use risk assessments.

Celebrity and UHNWI Visitors Security

Sydney bodyguards provided by premier Security and Risk Management companies in Sydney know the city and region exceptionally well. Sydney is one of Australia’s most well known cities with it’s scenic harbor and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, tourists, corporate executives and high profile personalities travel from all over to visit. Professional Australian Bodyguards and Executive Protection Operatives have the knowledge and experience of working with the various venues and locations visited by celebrities and UHNWIs. This experience, along with their training and expertise in security planning,  non-lethal force, defensive and offensive driving tactics, and other professional attributes provide exceptional service to high-profile visitors.

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Residential and Hotel Security

Principal Security and Risk Management companies in Sydney have worked extensively with various hotels where local companies hold events or house visiting executives. The relationships with hotels and other local security personnel are force multipliers for their clients.

Conclusion

Executive protection personnel offered by Australian, New South Wales private security service companies combine professional training with local knowledge and secure transportation to service clients.

These highly trained professionals are relied upon to provide for the safety of clients.

Sydney Bodyguards and Executive Protection Operatives are vital services for those executives, high profile personalities and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals and families who travel to or reside in NSW.

 

Travelling or living in Sydney or other regions of Australia and require secure transportation or a professional Executive Protection services? Contact Panoptic Solutions to talk with one of our security specialist about how we can support you, your family or your team.

info@panopticsolutions.com

+61 1300 651 407

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Unarmed Executive Protection Australia, Asia and Beyond

Unarmed vs Armed Bodyguards and Executive Protection Australia, Asia and Beyond – lets discuss.

The world we live in today is full of threats.

One out of every five women and one in thirteen men are victims of stalking.

Every year 12,000 to 15,000 people are held captive.

Emotionally Disturbed Persons (EDP’s) and mentally unstable fans pose viable threats to celebrities and public officials.

While modern policing improves every day, there is still an average wait time of 5-15 minutes for help to arrive in emergency situations where each second counts. This wait time can be a lot longer in underdeveloped countries. Having personal protection means trained security professionals are present to immediately respond.

Providing security and protection for your management team can help mitigate this threat.

Here enters executive protection services (EP). Executive Protection Australia, Asia, and across the world is becoming more prevalent. The demand for professional Executive Protection services has increased exponentially the last few years across Australia and Asia as well as many other countries.

In some cases a protective team may include the use of armed personnel, however, this may not necessarily be the case to ensure effectiveness.

To be 100% clear before going any further, this is not an anti-gun article. Where the threat dictates and the option to engage or the offer of professional armed EP services is available, this should be the first avenue of enquiry. In fact, many security firms such as Panoptic Solutions are not able to provide armed EP within their own country due to firearm laws, may offer armed Executive Protection solutions via strategic partnerships or off duty law enforcement in countries which do allow legal access to firearms. In circumstances where armed EP is not an option due to certain countries firearm restrictions, there are unarmed EP services and options available. Professional unarmed Executive Protection Operatives (EPO’s) that utilise quality risk assessment and management techniques and methods are still an excellent solution to keep your staff safe.

Executive Protection Overview (very brief!)

Considerable training and education is spent in producing a professional Executive Protection Operative. One of the major differences between a security guard and an EPO is that EPOs approach threats proactively and use strategic planning and analysis to keep their clients safe. There is a lot of advanced work and preparation involved, as well as in-depth planning. Advanced preparation analyses all aspects of a journey, identifies any possible risks to manage/ mitigate, and implements procedures to address them.

Armed Executive Protection Australia , Asia and Beyond – Discussion points

Executive Protection Australia

Armed EP, while necessary in certain high-risk situations, and certain countries, is not necessarily always required, and is, in many places, impossible.

Almost all countries have laws against private individuals carrying weapons. For example, Australia, UK, China and Japan, have very restrictive laws against carrying a concealed weapon. Within Executive Protection Australia it is not currently legal to conduct armed CPP/EP. Current legislation Weapons Regulation 2016 (section 64) allows for the protection of assets and cash in transit (or at least the self defence of the security officer), however; does not allow for the protection of a principal. This is matter a which is continually addressed by professionals within the Australian security industry, but to date limited progress has been made to rectify it. Many states in the USA prohibit concealed weapons unless you are a former U.S. law enforcement agent, or you apply for a licence and complete regular refresher training. Further, each country has import, purchasing, and licencing restrictions.

Engaging armed security personnel may have the unwanted result of incurring individual or vicarious liability (and can you cause reputational problems depending on the circumstances.) Individuals and companies can be sued civilly, (either directly or vicariously) for any injuries or deaths resulting from hired armed services, depending again on what occurred and why. Different laws and regulations in different countries define justifiable shootings in self-defense in different ways. If called to testify in a court, one will need to provide evidence to support a claim that all appropriate and necessary steps were taken prior to resulting in deadly force. Understanding the rules of force and the legal obligations of each hired operative carrying a firearm is required.

There are of course those individuals and companies which operate within (or just outside of) the security sector who are either unprofessional, ill informed, ignorant or misunderstand their legal obligation when carrying a firearm. A recent example of this includes a former unlicensed Victorian security officer walking armed in public without reason or appropriate permits.  Certainly this is not to suggest that all companies who are able to offer armed Executive Protection operate this way, however, it places an obligation upon the client or VIP’s team to conduct the relevant due diligence prior to engaging these services. Within Executive Protection Australia and worldwide, professional companies attempt to provide transparancy around this so that clients can be confident of the service they receive.

There are additional considerations that add to the complexity when working with firearms. Obviously, initial firearms training must be conducted, licencing and registration must be current and ongoing training maintained. A general expectation from the client would be that realistic and relevant training be conducted, however; this may not always be the case with each and every EP/CPP service provider or company.

Access to some venues and buildings may pose problematic for armed EPO’s. Many countries including those throughout Southeast Asia prohibit firearms into venues such as airports, government offices and certain private buildings. Many of these locations use metal detectors. Although not impossible to gain access with the right planning and administration, the logistics involved in addressing these problems unnecessarily complicate a protective operation and it can create a vulnerability for the principal if access is denied and the armed agent/operative not permitted to accompany the VIP to certain locations.

Finding the right balance between armed and unarmed Executive Protection and Close Protection operations is crucial for professional teams. In countries which permit the carriage of firearms, some teams and security companies rely heavily on armed executive protection tactics even when outside of their usual area of operations.  This can prove dangerous for the Principal and other security team members, as a reliance on a system which is not available to them reduces the overall effectiveness of the team and indicates a lack of appropriate planning. A professional team will ensure there is a good balance within their training syllabus to meet this.

Unarmed Executive Protection Australia, Asia and Beyond: The flip side

In an interview with Mike Seeklander, James Hamilton (Vice President of Protection Strategies,  Gavin De Becker & Associates), talks about using your ‘brain’ as a weapon and not the firearm when referencing unarmed CPP and protection operations. Hamilton briefly talks about how there is a need to understand how to defend yourself and that of the principal in countries outside of the USA where armed CPP/EP is not always possible.

Competency with a firearm is important but Executive Protection is more than marksmanship, and this is a small element of what makes an EP Operative. Many EP specialists operate competently without firearms. These specialists perform the vital job functions of keeping their clients safe using innovative safety and security measures.

Executive Protection Australia and beyond encompass many elements which don’t necessarily require a weapon including:

1. Planning;
2. Advances including route selection, venue surveys and hospital assessments;
3. Driving; &
4. Pedestrian Drills.

Greater emphasis on pro-active protection of the principal in the planning and advance phase assists in mitigating the lack of a firearm. Unarmed Operatives can provide excellent protection through planning, local liaison, provision of logistics (i.e. appropriate vehicles), strong communication skills and competent drills including immediate actions and reactions to attack. All security professionals, armed and unarmed, have training in verbal de-escalation techniques and in some cases less-lethal weapon use, which may assist in providing an effective deterrent to any would be attacker.

The use of individual combatives is one technique to enhance an unarmed executive protection operative and team. Combative systems such as TTP, ISR Matrix, Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other similar fighting systems are all examples of systems which EP operatives may choose to train in. Tactical Personal Protection (TTP) is a krav maga and kali-based self-defence system. TTP is a contemporary fighting system intended to help the average person respond to direct, dangerous threats and attacks.

The ISR matrix system, used by security professionals allows executive protection specialists to use force continuums and mission-specific operational modes to respond to threats effectively without weapons.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu cites statistics showing that 90% of all unarmed fights end up on the ground, an area which, as a martial art it specialises in. Although this statistic is disputed by some, it’s not an ideal situation at any stage ending up in a ground scuffle with an attacker. All Executive Protection Operatives would do well to know how to fight their way back to their feet.

An option for countries which don’t allow armed EP is the use of Kubotan. A Kubotan is a device typically made of hardened plastic or timber, usually no more than 14 cm in length and approximately 1 cm in diameter, which can be carried on a keychain. Training with the device is required, but it is a good option for those who wish to have an alternative to traditional unarmed combatives.

Wherever the risk dictates and the ability to operate with armed Executive Protection is available, this should always be considered in the first instance, however; where this option is not available it is comforting to know that there are professional Security & Risk Management Firms, such as Panoptic Solutions (contact here), which offer highly trained unarmed Executive Protection Australia services.  In many situations, they are just as effective as armed executive protection, particularly in areas that don’t allow these specialists to carry a firearm.  If they are well-trained, they are an excellent option for protection services.

Whether you need Executive Protection Australia, in Asia or further abroad or to discuss your security needs with one of our Executive Protection specialists call +61 1300 651 407 or click this LINK to fill out a contact form. One of our security agents specialising in Executive Protection Australia, Asia or beyond will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.