Executive protection specialists are also pop-culturally known as bodyguards, coming out of the history of bodyguards into culture through movies and TV. But executive protection is what far more accurately captures who we are and what we do. Protection is a 360-degree, 24/7 operation. And we protect executives, VIPs, celebrities, wealthy individuals with the same professional foresight, insight and the full spectrum of protection duties.
Now, what does such an individual wear and carry. Typically, the executive protection (also known as close protection) dresses to blend in while looking professional and being at the ready for whatever may transpire in a split second. Usually we wear dark business suits, but that also can change to more casual attire depending on the client’s preferences and the situation. Weapons are available for split-second use – and are part of our dress kit. There is not an intention to brandish weapons but to have them artfully concealed and unobtrusive, but ever-ready and easy to use. But just as importantly are other vital kits such as a medical kit. There are custom made medical kits made for executive protection personnel. Some emergency medical kits are similar to 15-inch laptop bags so there expected in the look of business professionals and are not obtrusive.
One close protection expert has this to say: “That’s really the core to executive protection,” he said. “You’re looking at someone standing there in a business suit and what you don’t know is that person has three weapons on them, two first aid kits, a cell phone and a radio. But they look exactly like a corporate executive walking into the office.”