Bodyguardskills

Overview

This module contains the following:  

  • Video introduction with Henrik Bramsborg (DK).
  • Written introduction by Henrik Bramsborg. 
  • Video interview with Tony Scotti (USA).

Video module contains: 

  • This module contains approx 50 min of HD video
  • Expert advice from Tony Scotti.

 

 

Sources

Introduction to executive protection, Dale L. June

The New bodyguard, Kevin Horak

Bodyguard training manual, John Tomb

Henrik Bramsborg

Henrik Bramsborg (DK) is a professional bodyguard operating out of Northern Europe. Henrik Bramsborg works as a security professional and is also an author of several books. 

Tony Scotti

Tony Scotti (USA) is a leading expert in the areas of security driving and secure transportation. Tony Scotti has many years of experience from the security industry. 

Driving

 Though most people are under the misconception that they can drive, it is evident from all the daily accidents throughout the world, that this is not the case.

As a bodyguard, you don't have to be an expert race car driver (mostly quite the opposite) or even a professional limousine driver. Combining the skills of the two afore mentioned with some extra skills however, will make you somewhat desirable in the security business.

Now, here we will teach you the basics, so that you may be able to assist with transporting a client from A to B. Please note, that I strongly recommend you take a driving course with BSR or one of Tony Scottis former students, who now are experts in their own right.

The Car

The car should be a fully functional vehicle with a strong engine, suited for the task at hand. The looks of the car depends on the task, a nice new clean look for an elegant VIP transport or an ordinary 5-year old sedan kinda look, for a more clandestine transportation.

Limousines are for notabilities, weddings and show-offs. I'll skip these as they come with "build-in-drivers" most of the time.

Please note, that you will be asked by several clients, throughout your career, to drive their own vehicles. Accept if the vehicle fits the assignment and is safe. Remember to allow time to acquaint yourself with the vehicle. It can take up to 2 hours to learn all the buttons and hinges, adjusting mirrors/seats, check tire pressure, gas, oil and water in a Lamborghini or a Ferrari. Even the simpler Porsche now looks like the inside of a fighter jet cockpit.

Route

You should have made a route survey before taking off with the client. If there's no time to make a prober route recce, at least do check online and on a map, where the essential aid (Open hospital or medical center, police station or friendly military compound) is located along your route.

Expert Advice

Chase car

If you are driving chase car, be sure that you’ve aligned signals and driving technique with the driver in the first car. I.e. What average speed will be driven in? Special distress signals used (usually using left/right indicators or using brake lights several times quickly). Shall VIP car cross a yellow light and then slow down a bit, until you catch up or should they slow down and wait for you, maybe even stop at a yellow to allow you to stay with them.

Who will do what in case of an attempted assault?

A professional will make a Standard Operating Procedure to hand out to other professional security officers that will use every waking hour to familiarize themselves with it. However, if the driver is not accustomed to working with security he will not read it (due to other responsibilities) and even if he does, he will have so many questions, that it is close to pointless.

So, you as newbie and the driver just need to:

·       Agree on destinations

·       Calibrate timetable for the assignment

·       Agree on march speed

·       Adjust driving style

·       Agree on distress signals

·       Who does what in case of Assault or other emergency

It could also be a great thing to rapidly teach the driver the changing lane signals:

If you are to change lanes, lead car orientates, signals and wait. Chase car orientates, signals and changes lane to block cars from behind. Lead car then changes lanes.

This way, the chase car is protecting the lead car from rear collisions.

 Same protection technique is used when taking a curb. Lead car signals right and starts to take the curb. Chase car signals right but moves half a cars length out in junction thereby blocking the lead car from oncoming traffic.

Embuss

This section maybe shouldn’t be here, as it is for larger groups. But at events it is good to know, why security is doing what they are doing, especially if you get involved.

The driver is in the car with the motor running.

One or more bodyguards are placed on each side of the car, to confront an attack.

The VIP and one or more bodyguards exit a building, tent or stage area. This is done in a V formation with the VIP in the middle and the bodyguards forming a V, point out towards the car.

When approaching the car, the bodyguard standing there, opens the door for the VIP, standing between the door opening and rear tire, so that the door is covering on side and the bodyguard covering the other. VIP and primary bodyguard enters the car.

When door is closed, bodyguard on other side of the car enters passenger seat, if assigned there.

The remaining bodyguard team covers backdoors/windows in both sides and rear window until take off.

Points to consider

·  Adequate vehicle/s for the job

·  Functionality, tires, oil, water, gas, mirrors, windscreen wipers, seatbelts, spare tire, first aid kit

·  Route survey, time, traffic, chokepoints, aid stations

·  Chase car, distance to lead car, speed, traffic tactics, distress signals

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