Foreseeing crises, preventing them and then protecting our principles when surprise crises manifest is what we live for. It’s really our WWPro raison d’etre. Executive protection firms like ours have been on a steep learning curve over the past year and a half. The covid-19 pandemic was an astonishing crises in itself, a global event we haven’t seen since the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.
The issue of vaccination, in terms of percentage of the populace, is another part of the pandemic that we’re monitoring as part of our overall foreseeing and preventing of events that could harm or impact our bodyguard performance.
Alongside of the pandemic, there has been a steep rise in mass shootings. And political unrest is part of the 2021 landscape and will only increase as we head into the 2022 election season. All of this we have to take into account in our planning and prevention actions.
As one recent executive protection blog wrote, “Failure of imagination leads to most crises.” A very telling observation on many fields, but is of special importance in the awesome responsibility of protecting lives. For us, the “what if” is a constant asking for our profession. The list of “what ifs” is long and is always customized to each client and their needs.
Another expression of the 2021 protection field is the growth of technology that we can use in protecting our principles. The pandemic has increased remote visual technology, and the advent of 5G and other attendant high speed breakthroughs in equipment makes our work not easier, but that much more comprehensive. We are now light years ahead of where we were say ten years ago.