THE STRONG HAND IS TO ALWAYS REMAIN EMPTY BUT FOR A WEAPON, IF NEEDED
PPS Agents should never place anything in their “strong hand”, meaning their weapon hand ever. The Agent is not a carry tool for the client tor their minions. You are there to protect the client and that is impossible if you are more worried about carrying things for people. If you are doing that you are also not paying attention to YOUR job. Opening doors, moving around people, not getting your hands tied up is a dance that you learn how to do with time and practice. If it fails it is because you have let it fail. If you do not think people, good guysand bad guys are not watching, you are wrong.
Your Job Is Not To Trust, It Is To Verify What You Are Told
The Popularity of Background Checks
Employers are doing it. Daters are doing it. Even the government is doing it.
So what is the “it” we’re referring to here? Background checks.
With 69 percent of all employers admitting they now conduct background checks on all employees, and the top three online dating websites making background checks a requirement for using their service, the popularity of conducting such searches continues to grow. Even the government is considering tighter background checks for the purchase of firearms as part of a broader package on gun safety.
Not even social media is exempt from the long-reaching arm of the background check. While a person can make their social media accounts private, and be cautious of what they post about themselves, what they cannot control is what other people post about them. Embarrassing photos from last summer’s pool party – where you were holding a beer in each hand as you belly-flopped into the pool – easily can surface on someone else’s website or social media account. So even if you think you’re being discreet, there is always the chance that someone else is not.
We already know that conducting background checks is becoming popular in the public and private sectors. But what kind of information frequently is sought out during a background check?
Basic Background Check. These kinds of background checks are comprehensive and thorough, revealing such information as a person’s date of birth, any marriages/divorces and even if they’ve ever claimed bankruptcy. It also can include a criminal history, which details any criminal convictions.
Criminal Background Check. Sometimes an employer or private person isn’t interested in learning about every place someone has lived in their lifetime – or whether they’ve been married four times in 15 years. Sometimes, the only information that is being sought is a criminal conviction history, which can be obtained through a criminal background check. These checks can be conducted through a number of third-party agencies, which charge from $15 to $40 for their services. Any criminal convictions, including jail time served, will be included in the report.
Credit Report Check. Second only in popularity to a criminal background check, 21 percent of employers are now conducting credit report checks on potential employees. Unlike a background check – which can be conducted without a person’s knowledge or consent – employers and others are required by law to seek an individual’s permission prior to conducting a credit report check.
While some agencies will insist they can conduct thorough background checks with only a person’s name, reputable agencies also will require a valid social security number as well. Using a social security number, in conjunction with a person’s full name (first, middle and last), helps eliminate the margin of error in confusing two people with a similar name.
As with credit reports, it is important to understand that sometimes background checks contain inaccurate and misleading information. This can be incredibly frustrating for someone who may be confused with another person of a similar name who has committed a crime. Just as ordering an annual credit report to check for errors is a good idea; it is advisable to occasionally conduct a background check on yourself for the same purposes.
You Have To Answer Your Phone!
On Friday, I did a little test regarding calls and call backs. You would think in a country that prides itself on communication that 1. people would answer their phones, and 2. if they didn’t answer the phone they would call you back, and possibly 3. I would get a text. This is not the case and not even close. Out of 15 calls to people during the work day, I got 3 calls back. It is Monday and it is still 3. Now, all I am going to say about this is that I call people back. I call people back that have screwed me over, I call people back that talk my ear off, I call people back that lie to me, I call people back that I do enjoy talking too, I simply CALL PEOPLE BACK. The point is that this industry is small really. There are a limited number of people that have been in it for years, and have stayed out of trouble for the most part. I hear others say that they want what I have, that they can do it, what is the secret? What can I do? I will tell you right now that it starts with COMMUNICATING and that means answering the phone. This is a people business, a social business, a fickle business and you are only as good as “what have you done for me lately.” I will end with the fact that one of the calls I took, years ago, that I could see the number, and wondered why they were calling me, made me a millionaire. It is a TUTOLOGY, which means, “you don’t know what you don’t know”, and if you don’t answer the call, or call people back, you never will at great risk to your bank account.
“Understand the Correlation between Baby Steps, and Criminality”
The above video is an interview between JORDAN BELFORT, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Bloomberg Business. The interesting, and important part of this interview is at the end. It is the part where he talks about how he got started into criminal activity. He states that he was only going to do one stupid thing, but then once he did it the wheels just kept rolling and in “Baby Steps” he just got deeper and deeper into it and couldn’t stop. Once buried in criminal behavior he couldn’t stop. I believe all Agent’s should be aware of this process because as an Agent you will be granted a lot of access to information, property, leeway that the normal person would not into people’s lives. What you do with this will show what you are made of. The “Fates” will never make something easy, it will always seem to be the only way out, or to get it done when really it was just the easiest way. The easiest way is usually the wrong way. An Agent given the trust of another person should guard that trust as much as they would their own life, because if betrayed it can never be brought back. It is life long, and the betrayal will be spread among everyone the Agent loves dearest. I have a quote I tell every Agent that works with, or for me, “If there is a question,…there is NO question,…don’t do it.” Do not be a victim to “baby steps” criminal, and or ethical/moral dilemmas.
“When I ask you to do something, I’m not asking.”
Outside of the military and in the PRIVATE SECTOR, you can’t look at someone, yell and demand something get done. You will not be in charge very long. But there is a way to do it. First, the Agent’s must understand that when you operate in front of many people out in the world things must operate smoothly and operate without attracting too much attention. This means that when you ask an Agent to check a room, they do it. They don’t look at you and say “why?”, or start a debate. Agent’s that follow their own method will not last long, and will be released. The Agent must, and will understand the the Detail Leader (DL) will always know more information than they do, and as such, will always be “farther ahead of the ball” than the Agent. In trying to be nice, and diplomatic, the DL will ask the Agent to do something. Believe me, when they ask they are not asking, JUST DO IT!
“Know what you know, and know what you don’t know. And know that I need to know everything you know as soon as you know it,…or sooner.”
-Walter Abrams, Two For The Money-
Read every word of this quote. Read it again, and again, and again. It is one of the most important quotes and lessons you will ever learn in the Security and Intelligence business. Intelligence is information that is worthless if it never gets to the people that can use the information to do good, to save lives, or to stop maggots trying to do harm. Know how to gather information, know how to record that information accurately and know how to transfer that information in a timely fashion. Intel is a deteriorating commodity. One second late in getting it to the right people and it is worthless. You do not want to be the one holding intelligence that could have saved lives, and you held it for any reason that is worthless on its face. I treat intel like a phosphorus flair that burns my brain. The point being it needs to go ASAP and away from me. It is “tag your it” on steroids.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (R.O.E.) FOR A BODYGUARD IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
Private Investigators (PI), and Personal Protection Specialists (PPS) or bodyguards are regulated in the Commonwealth of Virginia by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), a self-funded state agency.
For the purposes of this article we will stick to the ROE of being legal in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be a bodyguard as an EMPLOYEE not a CONTRACTOR which has different rules and more of them.
First, one must sign up and take a PPS class from a school licensed by DCJS to do so. The class lasts longer than a week and there is a test to take afterwards and, yes, you must pass it. The class costs about $350.00 to $700.00 depending on where you take it. The classes are not given on a regular basis, so your schedule must be flexible.
Second, one must pay a fee to DCJS for the bodyguard registration. There is also a form and fingerprint cards to be filled out and sent to DCJS. Oh, and don’t forget you cannot have anything nasty on your background check (this means about anything). This will eliminate you for this registration and others you will need, so stay with me.
Third, there is the fee for the fingerprint cards to be sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
Forth, how could I forget? You can’t be a bodyguard and not be able to carry a weapon (pistol). This will require getting out your check book and pen again and setting aside much more time.
Call the Commonwealth of Virginia and ask for the paperwork for a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP). This is a separate situation from DCJS and is not regulated by them at all, but you will need to fill out the paperwork to the judge’s satisfaction and hope you live in a county that doesn’t think you should beg to have a CWP.
The local police will do a background investigation on you, so if you lie about yourself on the application, it’s just going to get ugly for you, and then the judge goes through the paperwork. You will also need to take a firearms class, write another check to the State, proffer more fingerprint cards and write another check to the FBI.
Fifth, and now we are back on track with DCJS. You will need to take a Basic Firearms class (07E) and of course spend three days on it. There will be the cost of the class and, obviously, you will have to have a pistol and there is the ammunition also. There is a written test, that you have to pass, and also a range test shooting at targets at different distances and under different circumstances. One has to shoot a specific proficiency or above, or you start all over again. It is embarrassing if you fail this, so practice.
Sixth, there is a DCJS form and fee you must pay for this also.
Seventh, because you are a bodyguard now licensed and certified, not yet carrying a firearm, but close, you now must take the Advanced Firearms Class or (09E). This will require another check and another class, much more involved in firearms and safety and also the law. Remember, “In fear of my life, or the life of another”, I won’t tell you what that is, but if you become a bodyguard you will become well aware of it.
Eighth, don’t put away your checkbook yet, DCJS will require another payment and form.
Now, you can go out and work as a bodyguard only in the Commonwealth of Virginia, AND, also, only as an EMPLOYEE of another security company licensed as such with DCJS in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Do you want to continue? Because, in the Commonwealth of Virginia no one hires bodyguards as employees, and if they do it’s less than 1 percent of all bodyguard work conducted in the Commonwealth. You may ask, “then what, or how are people being protected with bodyguards in the Commonwealth of Virginia?” Well, I’m glad you asked because I scratch my head with it every day. The answer, though, lies in the fact that bodyguards are claiming they are INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS (IC).
Now, people around the world hear a lot about IC’s because of Blackwater (General Contractor) and other companies operating over in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other war zones. These people are EMPLOYEES by all definitions of such. The only difference is that the General Contractors are not taking taxes out of their checks.
Now, back to Virginia, to be an IC bodyguard in the Commonwealth of Virginia there are more licenses and fees.
Ninth, the bodyguard must come up with a name for his company and get a DCJS, Commonwealth of Virginia, business license to run a security company. The cost of this license is $800.00+ and there is another form to fill out. There are also a few stipulations that DCJS will make you swear too, but taking your first born is not one of them, but close.
Tenth, insurance must be shown at the time the paperwork for the business license is being proffered. The insurance will have to be for $250,000.00 or more, but realistically $1,000,000.00 is the starting point. There are a lot of tricky questions in getting this insurance, so don’t rush through it and a rule of thumb, “what you put on the first application is what is seen on all following applications, so “take your time, the first time!” Watch out for middle eastern clients and the percentages of Protection Details with certain clients, but I don’t want to give it away for you, fill it out however you want. Hell, its only “your” money.
Eleventh, and almost done, you will have to take and pass the Compliance Agent class which is an all day class and test. This class certifies you to operate your own security business which then allows you to be a IC, which then allows you to be a bodyguard only in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Twelfth, DCJS wants another fee.
Finally, you will have to incorporate your company, which opens the doors to another article at another time. And, no, getting a DCJS business license does not incorporate your company.
You have now read the ROE for a profession that is the most regulated in the country. I believe one can grasp now the reason why bodyguards in the Commonwealth of Virginia operate “under the wire”(illegally) at a rate of 99 percent or more, and why the ones that do operate legally charge the rates they do.
I failed to mention that all of these certifications, licenses and designations have to be renewed every year or every two years. PPS agents call it “re-certification”, DCJS calls it “CHA CHING!” and that’s all I am going to say about that.
Remember, “Baby steps”.
Best Practices in the Security Industry change almost daily. With new techniques, tactics, methods, training, management, logistics, updates in crime, etc. streaming instantly, it is a difficult to say what at any “moment in time” is the best way something should be done. Understanding that is also understanding that the Security Industry needs to be studied and read daily. The major point is that you, as the Security Expert, should be knowledgeable about the industry up to that day. Your LEARNING CURVE is for as long as you are in the business. You will never stop learning and studying. Before you can advise anyone, you have to understand the “game” yourself. It sound easy and doable but there is a lot of information to take in. Not planning for CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (CLE) would be putting your company, you, your Agents, and your clients in peril both physically and possibly civilly.
KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT
It is the first thing I tell clients, other Agents, my own family members when they are dealing with the Police, Federal Officers, Lawyers, any situation where the person is unfamiliar with the RULES (laws) and where trying to be too smart can have dire consequences. There are times when one cannot “put the toothpaste back in the tube” and running your mouth when you should be quiet is one of them. especially when dealing with the Feds. If they are in front of you asking questions, then they have a purpose. They know what they are doing, why they are doing it, and how they are going to accomplish the mission of which they were tasked. If that mission is to SQUEEZE you then lying to them just gives them the advantage. Perjury to a Fed is, most of the time, worse than the thing they are after you for. If they are not after you then they will strong-arm you into giving evidence about somebody, something, or some situation, by the fact that you lied to them in the first thirty seconds of your conversation with them. They knew you were going to lie and they “played” you. The Feds (police in general) get a feeling on how they are going to accomplish their mission in the first two seconds they talk with you. They have done it a thousand times. You paid for them to learn how to dangle you over the shark tank, so picture that while you are running your mouth at a hundred miles an hour. Or, better yet, SHUT UP! Do like you tell your kids, “I can’t talk to strangers”. Tell them you would rather talk with an attorney first. Give them his/her card. They will step back and leave. If they say, “turn around and put your hands behind your back” all the better you kept your mouth shut. Don’t try to be smart, be quiet. If they are there to arrest you, that is what they are going to do, nothing you say is going to change that FACT. All you will do is talk yourself into a bigger problem, and paint yourself into a deeper corner. Or, better yet, run your mouth! The jails and prisons are plum full of idiots who tried to be “street curb lawyers.”
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS / COUNTER-SURVEILLANCE
I had prepared a long and drawn out explanation of these two phrases, to include complicated examples and training tips. BUT… as “the Fates” often do, I was reading an article in the New York Times, on SALMAN RUSHDIE’S new book, “Joseph Anton”. It was interesting for a number of reasons, but I won’t delve into them here…I will save that for a book review later. AND…for you clowns who don’t know who Salman Rushdie is, PICK UP A BOOK!!!
But I digress…
So, Salman Rishdie was speaking on the topic of his survival during the time he had a FATWA on his life, and the topic of Counter-Surveillance came up. He stated that when he would drive around, he would basically drive like a crazy person. If he looked in his mirror and saw someone driving equally crazy he knew it might be a problem. That is about as basic and as good as you can get for the explanation of, knowledge of, and training for Situational Awareness and Counter-Surveillance.*
*However, this only works if you WANT the surveiller to know YOU know THEY are there. There are times when you DON’T want them to know you know. Make sense? No? Then take a freakin counter-surveillance class you moron!
Agent’s hear me say this phrase all of the time. They nod their heads in the affirmative like they know what I mean, but I believe the majority of them do not. The ones that DO understand it may not understand the massive importance of “IT” in the Security Industry.
“Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion.” Prov. The associates of public figures must not even be suspected of wrongdoing. (The ancient Roman, Julius Caesar, is supposed to have said this when asked why he divorced his wife, Pompeia, following rumors circulating in about 62BC accusing her of some wrongdoing. Even though Caesar didn’t believe such rumors, he made it clear that even Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion and therefore he could no longer be associated with her.)
HONOR and INTEGRITY should be incorporated into everything a Protection Agent does…from the minute-to-minute actions an Agent has to make, to the people and situations an Agent must deal with. TRUST is EVERYTHING in the Protection Business.
One example in the NEGATIVE is the former bodyguard of HEIDI KLUM, or I hope he’s her former Bodyguard, MARTIN KRISTEN. Going out with the CLIENT right after a BREAKUP and DIVORCE is NOT CAESAR’S WIFE behavior for a Bodyguard, it is downright SHADY and UNPROFESSIONAL. This is HIDEOUS for any number of reasons, but the main one is NOT being ABOVE SUSPICION!
If you asked 100 people on the street, more than 90% would say KLUM and KRISTEN were up to NO GOOD before she left Seal. I don’t care about the relationship with SEAL and his wife, nor the exact date the “relationship” started between KLUM and KRISTEN. What I AM interested in, is when someone in the BODYGUARD PROFESSION puts themselves in a suspicious position which shows him/herself to be less than honorable. Especially when this can negatively impact the ENTIRE profession.
REMEMBER CAESAR’S WIFE!
ALWAYS WRITE IT DOWN
Unless I write down information told to me with the date, time, and who was there when the information was delivered, the facts seem to change in the minds of all involved and I have no way of supporting my actions later on when confronted by those with a “convenient memory.”
As the boss, or as the Detail Leader, you are held to a higher standard for all information going out…and all information coming in. The point being, People, Clients, and Agents will cling to every word said, or what they thought they heard. Then they will quote it back right or wrong…and swear to it. If you don’t have it written down, you will be the scape goat when something goes south. The better option for everyone involved is to WRITE IT DOWN and don’t get yourself “painted” into a corner.
KEEP A LOG BOOK (Halls and Walls).
I worked an Estate Security Detail many years ago where a LOG BOOK was not kept in the CP (Command Post). For some misguided reason, the Detail Leader had it in his head that a Log Book was a liability to him and/or the Detail. There were other strange practices on that particular Detail, but I will focus on the Log Book for this post.
The Log Book should be a constant 24/7 on any Security Detail, whether at home or on the road. It is not a liability, as was stated by the former Detail Leader, but a life saver for Security. It is the one document where everything should be written regarding Agent movements, client movements, household and service contractor movements, and every other thing that occurs at a dynamic and active estate.
Security is a CONSTANT, the rules are constant, a Log Book is a necessity. On the road, the Log Book is even more so. The clients are coming and going, the hotel staff is doing the same, Agents are doing the same. Whenever there is a problem on the Detail, and let me assure you there will be many, you will celebrate the fact that there is a true and accurate Log Book that will give time, date and circumstance. There is NO EXCUSE FOR NOT KEEPING A LOG BOOK…JUST DO IT!
“STAY IN YOUR LANE”
Security Details are fraught with many hazards. One of the larger and more dangerous hazards for Protection Agents is when the Agent VOLUNTEERS for small little things that other Agents want, or the Client wants, that are outside the Agent’s traffic lane…meaning their role and responsibility. The Agent may see this volunteering as endearing themselves to the Detail, however the opposite is more likely the result.
Experienced Agents know that going “outside of your lane” or doing things that have nothing to do with Security, and everything to do with “sucking up” to people, is embarrassing and a serious land mine. It is just a matter of time before the suckup gets into a situation that he or she cannot get out of and then wants the other Agents to step in and help.
Protection Agents know when this occurs, so I don’t need to go into anymore detail here. Stay in your lane, do Security, and don’t try to be a Hero to everyone…OR YOU JUST LOOK STUPID!
I was the head of an Executive Protection Security Detail in Los Angeles not too long ago and I was checking on my Personal Protection Agents, their assigned locations, as well as the status of the drivers stationed in the front of the Hotel. The hotel was 5-Star and the client was very attuned to image. As I got onto the elevator I noticed one of my Agents was already on. When he looked up at me his face drained of color and his eyes became very wide…like he he had just seen a ghost. I started to ask him what the problem was…when I smelled it. He had been outside smoking a cigarette. He reeked of cigarette smoke. The elevator reeked of cigarette smoke! The client doesn’t smoke and it is known to all the Agents on the Detail that there is no smoking on this job. Hell, there is no smoking on any of my jobs.
He and I had a conversation on that elevator as we rode up alone. I reminded him that there was no smoking on the Detail. He replied that he was “off the clock” at that moment. This is where we had the “LOOK AT ME” discussion. On a Detail, especially an out-of-town Detail, an Agent is NEVER off the clock. This is one of the deals-with-the-Devil you make when you accept a Contract.
I love cigars, but I will go months without smoking one. I love Jack Daniels on the rocks, but I will go months without having one. This is what a one-percenter does. An Agent smoking on the job is presenting himself as nothing more than a Security Guard. If you want to be a professional, you need to CONTROL YOUR WEAKNESSES!
I could continue about the puffing of the chest that he did and the talking under his breath, but the point was made and he did not smoke for the rest of the time on the trip.
For every new Investigation case or Security Detail that comes through the door, it requires a certain setup. Every case is brand new and should be treated with the respect it deserves. The following are basic setup steps per each new file.
A. New file (Electronic and hard copy)
B. New file number
C. Contract signed
D. Retainer collected
E. New email address created for that case specifically.
F. Electronic Day-To-Day Journal created
G. Final Report electronic file created
H. Bookkeeping file created for all monies and expenses.
I. Check List for settling and closing out the case and files
The list gets much more involved and complicated, but this is a good starter.
Each of these steps must be followed to keep track and keep up with the files and the cases as they come in. You will find that with time and referrals, the cases will pile up and it does not take long to get behind and things and facts start running over into other cases. This is what we call the beginning of the “Cluster” and no good comes from this, so keep up with the paperwork. Remember, again, this business is 99 percent failure and failure comes in many forms. Not keeping up with the paperwork is a big reason business’s fail.
Every Agent in the world is different. I enjoy and can understand INDIVIDUALITY, but the second the Agent comes through the front gate, or the front door they lose that. The Agent needs to be what the company is paying them for and that is Security, not a stinky problem drawing attention to itself. If you, as an individual want to go around with windblown hair, dirty and or stinky clothes, teeth with food in them, metal rods in your ear, mouth, stomach, where-ever else, or purple hair then knock yourself out on your own time. When you come through the door to work you’d better be looking and smelling good. It is ridiculous that I have to have this conversation with Agents, but I will and I don’t want to put up with whining, or crying or pink-pantied behavior because I did. If your feelings get hurt then clean up your act, literally! It’s not my problem, or the other Agents on the Detail, but yours and you will be escorted to the door to get it remedied.
THE SECURITY DRIVER DRIVES
Let me say it again, “The Security Driver Drives! There is no such thing as a “Shooting Driver”, there is such a thing as the Driver getting shot because he/she didn’t do his/her job. The Driver should be taking the correct training classes (Any that say he can shoot and drive, you need to walk away from). Learning routes, a minimum of three going to a place and three leaving a place. Learning about no bottlenecks, gassing up the vehicle, checking the maintenance, making sure passengers are belted in, and the list goes on. Even with the Security Measures instituted, the Driver is always the first shot! So, if I were you, I would be learning the trade in great detail, and remember, “Don’t get in a problem, if you get in a problem use your training to evade it, and if you get shot and killed, the weapon you have on you can be used by the Security Agent as a backup! It’s the only time it will be useful.”
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER
My dad used to say, “you ride a horse until it drops, and then you get another horse.” Fairly basic and straight forward advice, but Agents will screw it up and not in a way you would consider. Losing your horse could be from the standpoint of getting kicked off of a Detail. Don’t be pissed off and run your mouth like a pink-pantied woman, the industry is too small. Walk away and you might get contracted again, or run your mouth and you won’t work again. I see it more than I want, be a big boy or girl, and be a Professional, or sit at home and brag to your wife about how great you are, but you never work.
NEVER TRUST COMPLETELY
Never trust anyone 100%. To do so, you take a risk and that is not your job. If trust is important to you, be a banker, a lawyer, or a priest.
NEVER STARE AT THE PROTECTEE VEHICLE
Whether the Protectee Vehicle is stationary, or moving never stare directly at it or where you believe the Protectee’s are inside of it. There are numerous reasons for this, but the main one is you look stupid and it makes the people inside of the vehicle uncomfortable.
THE PASSENGER SIDE OF THE PROTECTEE VEHICLE IS THE LEFT-HAND SIDE (#3 SEAT)
I had a couple of Agents cover the right-hand side of the vehicle after I radio’ed in, I stated I needed cover on the passenger side. In the civilian world I could see confusion, but in Protection work, the passenger side is always opposite of the PROTECTEE SEAT which is always on the right. If numbered, the driver is #1, the Agent in the front is #2, The Passenger seat is #3, the Protectee seat is#4, the rear left is #5, and the rear right is #6. All of these seats are referred to as Spots. Or on the radio it would be “3 Spot” or “4 Spot”.
IT’S TACTICS THAT WIN IN WARFARE, BUSINESS AND DIVORCE
Never forget it is how you use your experience, intelligence, and abilities that will save you in the above. All of the fancy hardware, lawyers, money and other will only dig you into a deeper hole. Trust yourself and plan A, B, C, D and E, and then F and G. You have but yourself to blame for failure, so don’t let it happen.
NO ‘EXOTIC’ WEAPONS SHOULD BE USED BY AGENT’S IN PROTECTION WORK
I had an Agent who brought a FN Five-Seven into work. For a person (me) who teaches “keep it simple stupid” this was too much. I know it is probably a “great” weapon and all of the shooter magazines advertise it for Protection Work, but I don’t think so. A .45, .40, or a 9mm is plenty of weapon and simple enough to operate and get ammunition for with magazines. Keep all of that fancy crap for story telling, girlfriends, and the Secret Service, I am sure a weapon that fires 1850 feet per second will be great in a crowd of people, but what the Hell the USSS doesn’t have to worry about a simple thing like LIABILITY! They probably have someone to run special ammo out to them also.
CELL PHONES USED BY AGENT’S SHOULD ONLY BE HELD IN ‘WEAK HAND’
A Security Agent should be able to acquire and use his cell phone, 1. Without looking at it, 2. Use it only in his/her “weak hand”. The “strong hand” should never be compromised ever.
NEVER WALK IN FRONT OF A PROTECTEE VEHICLE
Walking in front of a car, especially a Protectee vehicle is an aggressive move. The driver doesn’t know what you are doing, the Security Agent doesn’t know what you are doing and it is unprofessional. I have seen two Agents in the last week do it, and we have had a discussion and it won’t be happening again. If an Agent does it during a time that it doesn’t matter, they might do it in a panic in a “high speed” situation and that would be “hideous” for the Agent. WALK BEHIND THE VEHICLE ALWAYS!
REGARDING THE ‘BUMP’
A Bonus is an unexpected extra, it is not a guarantee. It is given by a client or employee in addition to any compensation that is known. Because you get a “bump” or bonus one year, one month, one day does not mean that you will get one any other time by the same client, the same employer or the same contractor. If you get one great, if you don’t, be a man and take it!
If you get a bump on a Detail, or you don’t get a bump on a Detail, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! I have listened to more than one pink pantied whiner about how he/she didn’t get what they thought they deserved. I will not state what I think they deserved. Be a Professional and go with the flow. I have been on Details where the client gave out a bump to the other Agents and I did not. I did get an envelope later that more than compensated me for the work I had done.
In a nightmare case, I was on a Detail where the client turned a 727 around on the runway and returned to the hangar because some LOSER agent had complained about he did not get a bump like everyone else. It turned out that some of the other Agents played a joke on him and never told him the truth. It was hideous and those Agents were placed in a limbo that no one ever gets out of (read Dante’s Inferno).
In closing, never expect a bump, and if you get one it is your business and no one else’s, so, AGAIN! Keep your mouth shut!