How to Hire an Executive Protection Specialist

Personal Security Services in Greensboro, NC

If you’re searching for a bodyguard, the “bodyguard” common in popular media isn’t necessarily the type of bodyguard you should expect to find. In fact, they’re not even called bodyguards at all; the actual name for the profession is “Executive Protection Specialist” or “Personal Security Specialist.” While such specialists are relatively easy to locate, you should follow certain guidelines to be sure you’re hiring a truly qualified specialist.

  • When you’re searching for a Protection/Security specialist, keep in mind that you are hiring someone for a professional service. You should try to find a specialist who is intelligent, articulate, clean cut, and proactive. The “bodyguards” you typically see in the news, photographed while protecting celebrities, are usually employed as bouncers or bounty hunters and take on the job of bodyguard for the additional income – in other words, they lack specialized training that is necessary to truly offer the best protection.
  • Every state has different rules and regulations concerning private security companies. Before you hire a private investigator for private security, look online for these rules and regulations and familiarize yourself with the name of the license they are required to have. When you call around to private investigative agencies, be sure you ask if they are licensed in your state. However, a license isn’t necessarily a good indicator of how qualified the private investigator is.
  • To be sure of the private investigator’s qualifications, ask about their background. Ideally, they would have graduated from a Government Protective Services or Executive Protection course offered by the government. These are offered in various branches, including the Secret Service, US Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, US Army Military Police School, or US Naval Criminal Investigative Unit. Courses like these are also available from a few respected civilian executive protection schools, such as ESI, Kobetz, and The Steele Foundation. Just keep in mind that a background in military or law enforcement doesn’t necessarily mean a person has the right training, skills, or mind-set to be an executive protection specialist
  • Once you’ve found an executive protection specialist you wish to hire, follow a few simple steps to ensure your own security. It’s a good idea to photocopy their driver’s license and any professional certificates they may have. You may also consider paying for a simple criminal history check. Most importantly, though, you should have them sign a non-disclosure agreement before you discuss any of your specific needs. You should also ask them about their past experience. If they reveal any personal information related to their previous clients, you should be very careful about hiring them; good private investigators do not share information about former clients. Ideally, they will tell you that they cannot divulge this information but will work on a way to assure you of their past work experiences in a way that doesn’t endanger their previous clients.

Following these few simple suggestions when you’re looking to hire a private investigator for executive protection services could mean the difference between hiring an experienced private investigator and an inexperience private investigator.

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