Religious leaders of all denominations and religions require special attentions among some unique challenges. Religious leaders are often very public. Still, many religious personages are mixing it up with the public, often depending on their cultural preferences and politics. There are going to be major differences of protecting Christian denomination priests and ministers (or executives of such institutions) and say Buddhist or Hindu priests and spiritual representatives. There are cultural do’s and don’ts that need to be integrated into a executive protection team’s protocols. There are spiritual dimensions as well that need to be cognized and respected. Respect is certainly at the core of attitudes personal VIP security people should be expressing. In essence, we are global guards, and if representatives from global religions are hiring us, we need to be conversant with the spiritual practices and intentions of those hiring us. We are paid to protect them, but more importantly, we are protecting them because they need to be protected from threats from people who may not understand or appreciate their viewpoints or want to bring harm to them. That is our attitudinal foundation at WWPro.
This desire of religious representatives to be mingling with the public either by plan or spontaneously presents the security detail with a situation of: how do we responsibly guard this person while he or she or they are exposed to the public and its natural or engineered threats. Religious or spiritual leaders can be spontaneous, and any security team needs to plan for, and be prepared for such sudden changes or impulses to happen, and to still provide top level protection from harm or threats.