Bodyguards in Iraq: Part 2

Vehicle PSD/CP Operations in Iraq

By Nathan Seabrook: Part 2 of 4

The war in Iraq created many changes with how private security companies operated and conducted missions with in Iraq.  One of the major changes was how PSD/CP teams moved their clients and completed their missions.  Part two of this four part series will examine the various modes of transportation used by these various security organizations.

In the early days of the war in Iraq, a number of small security firms used a mixture of “soft skin” (un armored), armored and up armored (partially armored) vehicles to perform and accomplish their specific missions throughout Iraq.  During my first contract in Iraq, our company ran our PSD/CP missions with a mixture of “soft skin” and hardened vehicles.  The security team in the point vehicle was unarmored, the principal vehicle was a B6 level armored vehicle and the chase/rear security vehicle was un armored.

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Bodyguards in Iraq

Bodyguards in Iraq

By Nathan Seabrook: Part 1 of 4

The war in Iraq was both a wake up call and rapid transition of how the nature of CP/PSD operations were to evolve. Changes in SOP’s, tactics, weapons and movement operations were to rapidly transition because of the ever changing and fluid tactics used by insurgent and criminal groups throughout Iraq.

This four part article will look at some of the changes that CP/PSD teams used in Iraq in order to successfully and safely accomplish their missions and operations.

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Selection of an Executive Protection Specialist

By Nathan Seabrook

Listed below are some examples of what many clients look for when hiring a protection specialist. These points have been compiled from a list of clients that have contacted Bodyguard Staffing looking for possible protection specialists to fill positions for protection details.

•    Easy going and Confident
•    Honest
•    High Moral character and integrity
•    Good Conversationalist
•    Clean cut
•    Good Physical appearance
•    Not intimidated and can make split second decisions
•    Not cocky
•    No criminal background or history
•    Has presence
•    Non smoker/Tobacco user
•    Non drinker
•    Good People skills
•    Good personal hygiene
•    Advanced first aid certifications
•    Former Police officer or Military
•    Clean driving record
•    Current permit to “carry weapons”
•    Good interpersonal relation skills
•    Martial Arts background
•    Mentally stable
•    Stable employment record
•    Has good social etiquette
•    Able to think |”outside of the box”
•    Work as a team player or individually
•    Able to speak a foreign language
•    Able to “Switch On” on and then “Switch off” in rapid succession if a threat arises
•    Understanding of the law and legal issues with the use of force
•    Able to keep personal issues dealing with race, religion, gender to oneself
•    Commonsense

The Truth on Clients

By Nathan Seabrook

Working as an Executive Protection Specialist will lead you to be placed in various locations and assignments as well as being exposed to various clients.  Some clients will treat you with the utmost respect and dignity and will listen to your direction and insight, while others will talk down to you and treat you as an object they own and control. The unfortunate reality is that many clients fall into the later category.  With this said, remember that regardless of this unfortunate treatment you have to rise above the situation and always act in a professional manner.  If your feelings become hurt easily then this is not the job for you!

Recently, one of my associates contacted me and wanted to share with me a situation that he had recently dealt with while on the road.  My associate had been hired to protect an entertainer that is an up and coming rap artist.  After a recent show the rapper, his posse, and countless guests were partying in a small private space at a nightclub.  While the party was in full force, the local fire marshal came to the club and met with my friend.  The fire marshal explained to my friend that if anyone else came into the private space that he would start to issue citations and “shut the place down.”
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