When an executive protection emergency arises, the close protection officer has to be prepared for anything. The first few minutes of an emergency can be critical in determining the outcome. Here we discuss what executive protection agents do in those crucial moments and how they mentally prepare themselves for potential emergencies.
Executive protection agents—often with a deep military training—are specifically trained to be super aware of situations as they develop in a matter of split seconds and seconds and simultaneously think through all the logical and intuitive choices to be made in addressing the threat. It is both quality and speed and cognition and decision making, built on years of experience and training over and over for threat situations. When an emergency arises, the first priority is the safety of the principle or client.
We assess the situation and determine the best course of action to protect our client. We may need to evacuate our client from the premises in a vehicle to get them to safety or as an EP team we go through protective measures to keep clients secure while in place. Of course, arms may be involved or close combat may be involved, all of which is split second decision making. We may need to provide first aid or administer CPR. We may need to call for backup or give instructions to other members of the security team.
One of the most important things we can do in those first few moments is to stay calm. It can be easy to panic in a situation like this, but it is important to remain focused and think clearly. We also need to be aware of our surroundings and be prepared for anything. In many cases, the decisions made in those first moments can mean the difference between grievous harm or life-saving protection.
Executive protection agents have a number of crucial responsibilities in the first moments of an emergency. One of their most important tasks is to assess and manage the threat level, identify potential risks, and make decisions about how to best protect their client. They also need to ensure that everyone is safe and secure, maintain communication with other responders, and take appropriate action to resolve the situation.