Logistical support pertains to the time and moving arrangements of personnel, equipment, and other items from one location to another. It constitutes an essential component in close protection work — abroad and domestically. When travelling to or from Australia and Indonesia, we recommend carefully considering logistical support as a requirement for stationary and mobile security assignments.
But before that, we need to reiterate that protective agents hold many roles and are holistic in nature. They are protectors, logistics planners, and emergency medical responders, to mention a few.
When it comes to safeguarding protectees, security specialists typically enforce preventive measures to avoid accidents or injuries. However, it is difficult to predict every potential scenario. Prior to operational and logistical planning, they will identify items such as adequate and available emergency medical treatment. Hence the importance of logistical support in close protection work.
Logistics is all about planning ahead and providing resources along the way. Such considerations should be taken into account when traveling in remote locations of Australia, including:
- Vehicle numbers,
- Aircraft and watercraft,
- Team size,
- Vehicle stores,
- Life support measures, i.e. accommodation and meals,
- Medical support and stores as they relate to pertinent conditions in remote locations, such as stings and bites, heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and burns.
In Action: Logistical Support and COVID
Recently, borders and counties have opened, with travel back on. However, the ongoing pandemic still significantly impacts how we move about from area to area. Similarly, airlines continue to require masks, and proof of vaccination, with each country having different policies on how and when COVID-19 testing is needed.
Likewise, the Australian Government Department of Health requires all inbound travellers to “declare their vaccination status to enter Australia and provide appropriate proof,” including an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate.
As for particular vaccines, travellers can access free RATs if they hold an eligible Commonwealth concession card, such as:
- Low Income Health Card,
- Pensioner Concession Card,
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card,
- Department of Veteran’s Affairs Gold, White or Orange Card, or
- Health Care Card.
According to the Australian authorities, one can access up to 10 RATs over three months through community pharmacies. For clinically supervised testing and certification, we recommend visiting the Rapid Antigen Testing Supervision website for more details.
Apart from the COVID considerations and local knowledge on the topic, the protection company that HNWIs hire must have the ability to
- Conduct route planning,
- Establish security posts,
- Deal with overcrowding in the immediate vicinity,
- Determine safety hazards, and
- Delay problems that may hinder the principal’s rapid movement.
In fact, all this stems from implementing an advance. An advance in CP operations entails visiting the destination days beforehand and thoroughly examining the environment.
In other words, an action of this sort informs how protection teams implement logistical support. Simply put, logistical support comprises the efforts that stay in the background until they are genuinely needed. Hence, to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for the principal’s entourage, we recommend hiring a proficient executive protection company with experienced paramedics.
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.
Companies like Panoptic Solutions support individuals and organisations in enhancing productivity and peace of mind by offering unmatched close protection services.