Interdependence of Security Driving and Logistical Support
Certain aspects of close protection assignments don’t work if the principal and their security team cannot move freely. Therefore, in situations when an advance is not feasible, we suggest implementing a security advance party.
The SAP travels ahead of the main VIP party, monitors the environment, and informs protective agents in the principal’s car about the route forward. In other words, the security advance party ensures the roads and venues are safe and secure before the principal gets there.
Expectedly, such an arrangement requires logistical support. Thus, incorporating the SAP and a motorcade in almost any security assignment constitutes the most vital component in logistics planning. For example, employing a security advance party benefits the principal by
- Establishing there are no dangers or ambushes, and
- Determining if roadworks or traffic jams could hinder the principal’s movement,
- Providing fast-ball schedule facilitation and liaison at short notice or in hasty venues.
The safety of the principal and the entourage is contingent upon the seamless work of the security drivers and SAP. Although the latter usually works covertly, it may be wise to assess if such an extensive detail is always necessary. Because it isn’t.
For example, travelling to a nearby shop may not merit a team of 5-10 protective agents in a motorcade. In fact, such an arrangement could be detrimental to the principal’s safety. The reason is that they may attract unwanted attention for mundane tasks such as grocery shopping, where only one or two agents at a distance would suffice.
Security expert Peter Consterdine asserts that “Travelling is fraught with logistics problems and any additional assistance is of value. Security personnel in foreign countries can usually exert far more influence at ports and airports to speed the passage of an individual… Know your ‘in-country’ procedures and shortcuts.”
Logistics is not all about security driving, the advance, and emergencies. As a matter of fact, it can also be vital to consider it in relation to local regulations in the destination country. Although they may be close together, some laws in Australia and Indonesia differ significantly.
For example, let us suppose a principal travels with their personal security detail to Indonesia. In this instance, protective agents from outside that country must consider that it has two more legal systems apart from the civil law system, including:
- Customary legal system
- Religious legal system
Therefore, we advise assessing each destination jurisdiction separately, taking nothing for granted. Such an assessment should then inform planning and scheduling, as well as help the security company reach out to local support in Indonesia.
Apart from the items we discuss above, logistical support should also incorporate the following:
So, before jumping on an aeroplane for a business meeting abroad, we recommend liaising with a professional security firm to find out how to maximise safety.
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