Bodyguards have been a part of human culture for thousands of years – most likely as far back as territorial kings and other tribal leaders emerging within nomadic tribes of the 10,000 BC period to the great hydro-agricultural civilizations emerging 6,000 years ago. Leaders needed protection from harm that could come from any quarter – known and unknown. We’re not talking about military guards here. We’re talking about bodyguards for personal protection who were compensated for this specific service.
So, ours is a very old profession. It is also an evolving profession. It now, of course, includes protection for celebrities, VIP’s and high-net-worth individuals.
Here are a few quotes from thought leaders in our EP profession that show how EP is a far beyond the macho-black-suit stereotype presented in movies and TV.
“To be a successful executive protection officer in today’s global environment takes the desire and ability to be adaptive and accepting of constant change, especially in a post-COVID world,” says Michael Trott. He notes that this adaptability applies more and more to today’s clients (principals) who are “younger, more active and dynamic, and often include growing families constantly on the move.”
“Being as close as we are to the client during a protective detail, it can become a ‘concierge’ type position to some degree,” says Denida Z. Grow, meaning that as a protection agent you’re often doing concierge type tasks, and that is part of agents weaving themselves into the life fabric of the principal they’re protecting. It helps the protection, rather than diminish it.