Today's Standards


Websites, books and articles used in this module. 

Rupert Matthews, Alexander the great at the battle of Thermopylae

Knights Templars doctrines

IBA homepage

ESI homepage

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. 

Nikolai Ehlers

Nikolai Ehlers (BE) is a security professional with a background in the UN Close Protection Unit. Today Nikolai Ehlers works with private sector security and executive security.

Todays standards

The bodyguard industry is in a constant change. Back in the 1990ies there were some who advocated a uniform way of training for bodyguards, so the trade could be governed. This was partially in the hope that someday the trade would be taken more seriously than it were at that time.

Too many “gung-ho” bodyguards were roaming the nightclubs, pretending to professionals, when they were merely over-educated bouncers.

In 2001 United Kingdom finally got their “Private Security Industry Act” and the Security Industry Advisory (SIA) could step into effect.

In other countries, the standards are low if not absent. Ie. In my home country Denmark, the only thing required to work as a bodyguard, is a normal guard permit and 3 weeks of mandatory guard training. That is not to say that people will hire you, but legally you can be hired.

In the United States, every state have their own rules/laws pertaining to this issue. Some has placed the permission under a private investigator statute, while others use the law that deals with all private security permits. Check with your local/regional police to find out, which permits you need in the specific region.

Earlier, when the trade was “lawless” so-to-speak, the schools and organizations used their own “laws” or codes of conduct, to improve their image and keep the bodyguards in good behavior. In the Illustrations tab is an example of such a code of conduct set.

In the UK Close Protection Officers need a security license from the S.I.A. This license is only valid in the UK. Many other countries in the EU are also developing similar systems. Always ensure that you work in accordance with national and regional standards. 

Image has been provided by I.A.P.P.A - The International Association of Personal Protection Agents (formerly known as IBA - not to be mistaken with the UK based IBA). The "Code of Conduct" is from 1988. 

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