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Principal Protection Lessons Learned

The Evolution of Protective Operations by R.E. “Rick” Colliver

Protection, like any other process, is evolutionary. And we should agree that a large part of any evolutionary process is failure, which is another way of saying “learning through our mistakes.” As the title suggests, this book is about the lessons learned through several thousand years of trial-and-error, creating and adopting best-practices, striving to provide protection for persons of public interest and others at risk.

Originally developed as a companion text supporting professional courses in protective operations, Principal Protection Lessons Learned can be a valuable reference for all specialists and managers employed in the protection field, to help them enhance and add value to their own vulnerability assessments, protective operations, and human security management.

Far from being another “how-to” book on protection, it is more of a “why-to”. Principal Protection Lessons Learned goes far beyond the reactionary skills highlighted in other texts, and provides the reader/practitioner with a wealth of applicable information and knowledge that has been acquired through the experience of protection professionals for several millennia.

Finally, a book for both public and private sector protection professionals who are required to manage protective operations with a minimum of headcount and budget, in an increasingly complex and demanding environment.


• Chapter One: Principal Protection

• Chapter Two: Comprehensive Security

• Chapter Three: Understanding Threat and Risk; an Introduction

• Chapter Four: Assessing Threat and Risk in the Field (with Dr. Ken Wolf, Dr. Emily Wolf and Marilyn Knight, MSW)

• Chapter Five: Ethics, Etiquette and the Scope of Your Employment

• Chapter Six: Conducting the Advance

• Chapter Seven: Hazardous Device Search Techniques

• Chapter Eight: Protective Detail Planning and management(with Tim Halbakken)

• Chapter Nine: Managing Protection

• Chapter Ten: Lessons Learned Through History

• Appendix A: A Glossary of Terms

• Appendix B: White House Security Review

• Appendix C: Security Checklists

• Appendix D: Bibliography

• Appendix E: State v. Hessler (2000), 90 Ohio St.3d 108

• Appendix F: National Special Security Events Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress

Appendix A is an extensive Glossary of Terms, acronyms and abbreviations that protection specialists will likely encounter during the course of their employment. Appendix B; “White House Security Review”, explains a practical methodology for security assessment but also illustrates the type of precursor event that can predicate such an in-depth analysis and the scope of work required in such an undertaking. Remember that the higher the profile of the Protectee, the more attention will be focused on your work.

Appendix C is a collection of commonly found checklists that the reader can modify for their own use as appropriate. Regardless of how many years we spend in this business or how many routes and venues we advance, it is always helpful for us to have some sort of guide to ensure that we have not overlooked something.

Appendix D is a bibliography of material relating to the field of dignitary and executive protection. Regardless of the age of the material, many of the tried and true observations remain valid to this day and have helped us to shape our protection programs.

Appendix E is a copy of State v. Hessler (90 Ohio St.3d 108, 2000-Ohio-30) which provides a comprehensive review of a case of targeted violence including background on the perpetrator and his relationship with his victims. For protection personnel involved in threat assessments this will afford a rare glimpse into the violence process and resultant effects.

Appendix F is a congressional executive summary explaining the formation of the National Special Security Events (NSSE) designation. Protection personnel working key special events that are specified as NSSE should be familiar with this act.

About the Author R.E. “Rick” Colliver

rickRick Colliver has served as the global security director for two multi-national corporations with operations in 24 time zones, and has managed protection details on four continents. He is the course developer and lead instructor in the Principal Protection program at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and is an adjunct instructor in protective operations through several police, military and academic organizations. He has held security clearances with the US DoD and DHS, and serves as an advisory board member with the American Board for Certification in Dignitary and Executive Protection, and a Council Member for the Protective Security Council


“Rick is a friend of mine and in my opinion the subject matter expert with regards to executive security. I tell my colleagues he’s the sleeping giant of the EP industry, he’s been a great mentor. He’s a top-notch guy and without question his book (Principal Protection; Lessons Learn) is one of the best”.

Hucky Austin

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Many bodyguards are former police officers, ex-military, secret service agents, FBI agents, and security guards. Most agencies hiring bodyguards require a high school diploma or GED. They also screen applicants–conducting extensive background investigations and credit checks. In addition, most bodyguards must pass a health examination and drug tests.

While no national certification or licensing is needed to become a bodyguard, many clients prefer bodyguards who have attended one of several specialized training courses or “bodyguard schools” that offer certification as a personal protection specialist. Other clients look for certification proving specific skills as CPR and self-defense. Still other clients prefer bodyguards with an extensive background in police work or who are licensed to carry firearms.

Specific tasks include:

  • Planning a client’s arrivals and departures throughout the day to minimize risks
  • Handling paparazzi, media, and friendly approaches from fans
  • Providing defensive escort driving to escape fans, paparazzi, or pursuers
  • Engaging in unarmed defensive tactics to thwart aggressive fans
  • Conducting home, office, vehicle, and building searches
  • Protecting clients in crowd situations
  • Making logistical arrangements for any trip outside the home or office

Voluntary certification in physical security and as a protection professional is available from the American Society of Industrial Security.

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In many cases you will have an extremely hard time finding employment, either with a team or as an individual without a formalized education. It is also important to remember that as an Executive Protection Specialist you have to continue on your path for excellence. Just because you graduated from the ABC school of Executive Protection does not mean that your education is complete. It is imperative for you to constantly continue to learn; the old saying “knowledge is power” is true. The more bodyguard training you have the better off you will be and the more successful you will have in the EP industry.

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About the Author

Harlan “Hucky” Austin

President of Bodyguards Careers Harlan Austin has acquired over 25 years of field experience as an Executive Protection Specialist, seven years of which he served as Director of Security Services for Paisley Park Productions.

Foremost, in his duties at Paisley Park was assuring the safety and welfare of the musical artist Prince, as well as celebrities with whom Prince collaborated or associated with Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Carmen Elektra, Sheena Easton, Patti LaBelle and Kim Basinger to name a few.

Over the years, Mr. Austin has served as a Executive Protection Specialist to clients attending high-profile events including the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Academy Awards, the NBA All-Star Weekend, and various film premieres.

Mr. Austin’s Security career has led to worldwide travels, including security details in Europe, Mexico, North and South America, Asia, Scandinavia, and the Caribbean.

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“Here’s the thing I like about Harlan Austin, he understands the business. However, unlike so many from the “old school” he doesn’t horde information, instead he shares it. Let’s face it, our industry has a reputation for being pretty tight-lipped and while OPSEC (Operational Security) is a great practice, if we close too many doors, how do people just starting out ever get in? When Harlan told me about my inclusion in the previously edition of his “Top Executive Protection Schools”, based off of the uniqueness of our Celebrity & VIP Protection Course, I was delighted. Not only because I was in it, but rather because I encounter so many people who are attempting to do this work with little or no training, primarily because they don’t know where to go to get it. My recommendation to those interested in our industry–buy the book. The $19.95 invested here may save you thousands elsewhere.”

Elijah J. Shaw, CEO

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As a firearms instructor for the Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies and Chief Firearms Instructor for Panther Protection Services, I am constantly asked by my firearms students, what can I do to continue to enhance my skills to help prepare me to become an Executive Protection Specialist. My answer is never stop learning and continue to diversify your training to not only help you build your baseline skills, but also to help you keep your skills contemporary. I applaud Harlan “Hucky” Austin and the entire staff at www.bodyguardcareers.com for not only putting together a great resource eBook “Top Executive Protection Schools”, to help both aspiring and seasoned EP agents to not only build their skills but for establishing the premier online EP resource/website to assist agents in keep their skills contemporary!

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