When most people think of bodyguards, the first thing that comes to mind is someone who protects celebrities or high-profile individuals. Bodyguards are a cultural meme now, the profession made famous through multiple movies over the decades.
Executive protection agents also provide security for business executives and other professionals or people of wealth who may be at risk for kidnapping, assault, or other threats. While there are some similarities between these two types of bodyguards, there are also some key differences.
What are the different roles that bodyguards and executive protection agents play and what are the factors that distinguish them from each other. Bodyguards can be mistaken for executive protection personnel, or vice versa, but there are real differences in background, training and experience.
An executive protection agent is someone who is hired to protect a client from potential threats, including extremely dangerous and well-planned threats. EP agents deal with a level of criminal or terrorist that is by and large of a higher order of intelligence and determination.
A bodyguard, on the other hand, is someone who is hired to protect a client from actual threats. These threats can come from fans or other people who have an interest in getting closer to a VIP and which may be of a harmful nature.
Executive protection agents are typically found in high-risk environments, such as corporate environments or government or political environments.
Bodyguards are typically found in lower-risk environments, such as nightclubs or shopping malls.
Executive protection agents typically carry firearms, while bodyguards may or may not be armed.
Executive protection agents typically have a higher degree of training than bodyguards, as they must be able to anticipate and identify potential threats. Bodyguards, on the other hand, are usually more concerned with the immediate physical safety of their clients, thus their training is of a less preventative or anticipate-and-react nature.