If you’ve been reading up on close protection courses and researching the security industry, you more than likely have a few lingering questions. While the answers to most of these questions can be found elsewhere, we’re going to focus on one in particular – who should attend a close protection course? We hope that this blog sheds a little light on this subject so that you have one less thing to worry about.
What is Close Protection?
Close protection relates to a service in which trained personnel are tasked with providing personal bodyguard services for an individual and their family. From celebrities and politicians to bankers, diplomats, high-ranking military officers, and other HNWI (High Net Worth Individuals), there is no shortage of potential clients. As some of the most influential people in the world, they are often the ones threatened by criminals and terrorists.
A Close Protection Officer (CPO) is tasked with keeping their charge safe. This can involve shadowing them while in public or even providing protection and surveillance for their place of work or residence. CPOs are trained to recognise threats quickly and act accordingly, acting on any intelligence that has been gathered. It’s a hugely demanding role that involves a lot of training, planning, and awareness and is, therefore, not a role that is suitable for everyone.
How Do You Become a Close Protection Officer?
In order to become a CPO, you must first acquire a Close Protection Licence from the Security Industry Authority (SIA). There is a criteria for obtaining an SIA licence which includes being in possession of an official close protection qualification and a first aid certificate. You must also be over 18 and have passed a criminal records check.
It is also advisable that you speak more than one language, and a drivers’ licence is a must for obvious reasons. Those with a background in law enforcement, the military, or government agencies that offer close protection services are far more likely to be considered as worthwhile candidates. As such, it’s always worth considering other routes along the way.