Considering the size of the market internationally, there are remarkably few books on the subject of close protection and related subjects. This a a very readable review that should be of great assistance to those looking to employ close protection personnel and for those considering a career in close protection services. It will also be a fascinating read for a much wider readership, covering a very important personal safety subject – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Executive Protection, The Next Level FILE: R2645 AUTHOR: Richard Hardaker PUBLISHER: ShieldCrest Publishing BINDING: soft back PAGES: 258 PRICE: £8.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: close protection, bodyguard, executive protection, threats, techniques, personnel, personnel selection, threat analysis, graphology, career advancement ISBN: 978-1-91109-084-7 IMAGE: B2645.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/yclze9gd LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Considering the size of the market internationally, there are remarkably few books on the subject of close protection and related subjects. This a a very readable review that should be of great assistance to those looking to employ close protection personnel and for those considering a career in close protection services. It will also be a fascinating read for a much wider readership, covering a very important personal safety subject – Highly Recommended. Personal protection services is one of the oldest professions but much of the market is singularly devoid of professionalism. The author began in the Military Police and then spent years working in Close Protection with the British Foreign Office, NATO, and then a private security detail company. He has written this book therefore with strong and direct experience of doing the job. His down to earth style has made it into a very readable book that includes detailed knowledge which can still be understood by readers lacking previous experience of the subject. Close Protection covers a very wide range of services. The growing violence in many societies can place anyone with wealth or fame at serious risk of kidnapping, assassination and bodily harm. That means that taking hostage insurance can be a very wise move. This specialist market is served by companies offering what is frequently described as portage insurance. As part of the process of analyzing risk exposure, the insurance company will either use its own staff, or hire specialist risk assessors, to examine the level of protection already available to the applicant, against the estimated risk that he or she is exposed to. The insurer will then specify what additional, or different, protection must be provided by the applicant to enable cover to be provided. In most cases, that will include a requirement for close protection and is likely to require a range of risk management technology and procedures. In the event of abduction, the insurance will include the provision of hostage negotiators and the availability of a ransome payment. It is also likely to include the services of a rescue team. In many areas, close protection will include armed personnel who have received advanced training in armed and unarmed skills. At the other end of the scale, close protection may be a matter of hiring a large burly bodyguard, often only for certain events. Between the two ends of the market, there are many levels, but the general principles are much the same. As the types of individual requiring some level of personal protection cover a very wide range of types of people, close protection is already a significant industry, but one showing rapid growth. That makes a book such as this a very valuable source of information. What is also needed is a very much better system of training and assessment for the industry. There are too many offering the service without any real level of experience or training. This is dangerous not only for principles needing to engage serious services, but it is dangerous for those considering entry into the industry. The author has provided a wealth of information that will assist both those wanting to hire services, and those wishing to embark on a career offering the services.