This morning I received a call-out for an urgent assignment that involved basically rescuing a couple protection agents from a very precarious situation. Luckily I had a couple of peers available to assist. We were able to bail our buddies out of the situation without anyone getting hurt or thrown in jail.
Did this incident have to do with a terrorist group? Nope. Did this incident have to do with a hostile environment / close protection detail in a war torn country? Nope. This situation involved a wealthy client… a local venue for drinking and entertainment… and the 2 bodyguards..
This situation could have easily been prevented with a little bit of “Humble Pie” if you will… some professional advance work… and a little self-attitude checking.
Now, I can’t get into specifics concerning the last 24hrs (due to C.D.A.’s that I’ve signed) BUT I can give a little guidance to others in the industry. A little guidance that is a direct result of this incident.
- Regardless of your work history / resume, you’re not “Billy Bad Ass”. I don’t care if you’re a MMA Fighter, Military Special Operator with several kills over seas, etc. etc. Once people know that you’re SECURITY… you have an X on your back. If you appear big and bad, the piece of trash bad guys will not fight you fair. (They may even taser or cattle prod you from behind.)
- Don’t think because you’ve been in an establishment before or that because you did an advance there… that you know everything about the layout. Be paranoid when protecting a client.
- Don’t take people at face value when working in new or strange environments.
- Realize that bars, casinos, strip clubs, high dollar restaurants oftentimes have seedy dealings that go on… and if you come across those dealings, it’s not your job to ‘fight crime’. Your job is to GET OUT as calmly and professionally as you can.
All right, I’ll jump off my soap box for now. Stay safe everyone!