Close Protection 101 with Jonathan Jordaan

Close Protection 101 with Jonathan Jordaan

  • 07 Feb 2023

As a result of experiencing first-hand security with a combination of comprehensive SIRA training, high operational standards and a passion to strive for industry excellence in his role – Jonathan Jordaan, Security Operations Expert explains the basic of hiring close protection services. 

What are close protection services?

Close Protection (CP), also known as Executive Protection, is a specialized form of security that encompasses all aspects of protective measures. It requires a deep understanding of threats, risks, and vulnerabilities, and a comprehensive approach to mitigate and control them in order to ensure the safety of the principal. This includes conducting physical surveillance, threat assessment, and analysis, and taking countermeasures before they become a problem.

What are the common misconception about close protection (CP) services and who can benefit from them?

The fact that close protection services are limited to celebrities, politicians, and other high-profile individuals is a misconception. In reality, individuals who are at risk of harm due to their personal or professional circumstances may also benefit from these services. Business executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals may require them due to the sensitive nature of their work. Similarly, individuals who have received threats or have been the target of stalking may also find close protection services beneficial.

Why hiring a close protection officer is necessary?

One of the primary reasons for hiring a Close Protection Officer (CPO) is that they play a vital role in ensuring the safety and security of their clients, whether it is a single individual or a group of people. 

CPOs are also responsible for providing secure transportation, escorting their clients to various events and locations, and giving the ‘principal’ a sense of security and peace of mind, which is particularly important in high-stress situations. In addition, CPOs are trained to discreetly observe and identify potential threats without drawing attention to themselves.

What Are The Levels Of Close Protection Security?

There are several levels of close protection security, each designed to meet the specific needs of the individual or group being protected. It can be broadly separated into:

Individual Bodyguard - A single close protection officer serving as a security escort to an individual, group or family, identifying potential threats and advising clients on safety measures. 

Close Protection Team - A team of two or more close protection officers, one of whom serves as a bodyguard and stays close to the principal, while the others keep a safe distance that allows for movement but ensures a response is never more than seconds away. 

Close Protection Driver – A security driver different from a standard chauffeur who provides covert security presence while driving smoothly and discreetly. Well-versed in routes to navigate within the city, they work cohesively with close protection teams or personal bodyguards to ensure principal’s safety whilst mobile.

What to look for while hiring a close protection company?

Today, more than ever, individuals or families live in a state of perpetual safety risk which can result in serious loss or fatality, and providing a level of security cannot be achieved through traditional methods.  Therefore, the provision of close protection, as well as the manner in which it is conducted is of paramount importance to ensure the safety and well-being of those being protected. 

When hiring close protection services, it is important to consider factors such as the company's experience in providing protection services, their licensing and certifications, the officer’s training and background, their professionalism, flexibility to adapt to your specific needs, and cost. 

How does Magnum Security identify and address the specific security needs of clients? What sets Magnum Security apart in its approach?

We understand that every client has unique security needs and that a ‘one-size-fits-all' approach is not effective. Therefore, we take a customized approach by fully understanding our client’s specific needs. We then combine the right personnel, training, and expertise to create a personalized solution that not only anticipates issues but also prevents security incidents before they occur.

Executive protection is a 'thinking person's game' that requires maintaining calm, quick thinking, and adaptability and avoiding threats instead of engaging in them, thereby minimizing the risk for clients. Our close protection officers are trained to do just that. They work together as a team and take each security mission with due diligence. Their goal is to keep the principal (client) safe while maintaining a low profile, but be prepared for any contingency with an advanced threat assessment.

At Magnum Security, we are committed to providing exceptional customer service and building long-lasting partnerships rooted in quality and value. Our processes are defined, our personnel are highly trained, and every aspect is reviewed to ensure we deliver the best security services, exactly as specified, every day.

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