Close Protection

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Close Protection (CP)

Close Protection is a specialist trade within the Security Industry, which relates to those wishing to Protect VIPs and their Property or Assets. Within the UK there is no concession for an Armed Role as it remains illegal to carry a Firearm in the Protection of an Individual. (The armed roles within the UK are undertaken by the Police or Military).

Prior to the SIA the Close Protection Executive was considered to be a specialist with similar knowledge to that of a consultant and within the higher pay grades this is still true today, and to gain credibility within the industry you will need to maintain CPD and have a higher level of understanding of a wide range of security subjects.

Being a Close Protection Operative/Executive requires a great deal of dedication and financial investment in yourself, as well as time served on the ground within the role, whether it is as a PPO or part of the PES, RST or Driver. You will need to be proactive in acquiring a wide range of skill sets and knowledge as well as proficient in things like Skiing, Horse Riding, Executive Driving which includes Chauffer skills and you may well consider Maritime skills for those VIP trips on their private Yachts   

The SIA will change this course in April 2022 and the requirements will be updated, currently, you must hold a recognised First Aid Certificate (The Industry-standard by employers is currently F-POS(I) or FREC 3) However some will require HCPC qualified Paramedic or equivalent 

03 August 2021 Update from the SIA 

We have extended the introduction of the updated Close Protection qualification to 01 April 2022.

The new implementation date will allow for full testing of the new skills before they are introduced. The SIA will run a pilot in early 2022 with selected training centres. This will enable those delivering the qualification to provide feedback on the new bespoke physical intervention unit and make any required adjustments to the course before it goes live in April 2022.

Security CPD Global Ltd provides a wide range of top-up training and professional development aimed at the dedicated operator, enabling them to enhance their skill sets and knowledge enabling them to work towards a higher proficiency than that offered by many current training providers. 

  • Operational Planning
  • Covert Operations (Recce’s, Surveillance and CTR’s)
  • Intelligence
  • Search & Electronic Devices   

Our View.

According to the SIA, this course can be delivered over a minimum of 12 Days however, it is our view that this is woefully insufficient for any learner to gain a good grasp of the basics and subject matter knowledge. during these short courses, learners are required to devote at least 11-to-12-hours learning per day excluding any revision. Even 14 days is too short so learners must be aware that there will be significant additional learning and training required prior to and after the completion of their training to be deemed competent by the Industry that may employ you.

Currently, the training should consist of:

  • Working as a Close Protection Operative
  • Planning, Preparing and Supporting a Close Protection Operation
  • Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry
  • (We believe in October Physical Intervention will be added)

The SIA has stipulated a minimum of 139.5-hours of contact time with your Instructors which must be delivered in no less than 12 days.

Roles within Close Protection:

  • Personal Protection Officer (PPO)
  • Personal Escort Section (PES)
  • Residential Security Team (RST)
  • Security Advance Party (SAP)
  • Technical Security Counter Measures (TSCM)
  • Intelligence Officer (IO)
  • Quarter Master (QM)

The role of TSCM, Anti-Drone, and the Cyber Security Officer has become more prominent within the VIP’s teams due to the increase in use by a wider selection of individuals using electronic devices. It is therefore important that you make yourself aware, if not proficient in this new emerging threat to a VIP’s business, lifestyle, and Image.

Personal Security Detail (PSD) Traditionally they have been operating in places like Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and on-board Ships protecting against Piracy

Firearms Training

It is an essential requirement to be proficient and up to date with your weapons handling skills, and you should invest in a quality set of training or refresher courses, whether ex-military or not. Many civilians end up shooting themselves in the rear, the leg, or foot because they haven’t completed fit for purpose weapons training – You’ll need to practice weapon drills in a vehicle, on foot, building clearing, and lots more to ensure both you and those around you remain safe.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Armed Response to Hostile Attack of the Protected Building, Vehicles, Persons under their Protection
  • On-Going Reconnaissance of an Area
  • These teams should have advanced weapons and tactical experience.
  • They may be required to forcefully enter buildings, rooms, or other secure places to rescue and extract fallen team members or the Principal and members of their party.
  • Their primary role is Armed Security of an asset with an Authority to use Lethal Force under certain rules of engagement.

We are firm supporters of the British Bodyguard Association and would recommend joining them if you are dedicated to being a part of a professional Organisation. They also provide a free CPD App which you can use to aid you in your career development 

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