The Mission of Protection: Part 3

Prevention of Medical Emergencies

Actuaries tell us that the majority of persons over the age of forty-five will eventually find themselves in a statistical population that requires more frequent trips to the doctor, regular access to prescribed medications and diminishing physical skills.

Even in younger age groups, one needs only to turn on the evening news or call their local elementary school to find out about the latest batch of bacteria, fungi and viruses making their way through your neighborhood. Like it or not, we are all going to get sick… eventually.

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The Mission of Protection: Part 2

Preventing Unintentional Injury

By Rick Colliver: Part 2 of 5

As we discussed last week, the protective mission can be broken into five critical elements.  But to simplify, we might even break these elements down into the broader categories of “intentional” and “unintentional” acts.

As a protection specialist, we have a responsibility for safeguarding our protectee not only from intentional acts of violence, but inadvertent ones as well.  In the United States, we live an average of about 78 years , with heart disease, cancer and stroke being the most significant contributors to our demise.  The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) tells us that more than half of the people over age 45 will die from one of these diseases.

On the other end of the spectrum, accidents are still the leading cause of death for persons age 1 to 45. And, not surprisingly, of all accidental death, motor vehicle accidents remain the number one cause. When we consider the statistics of traffic crashes alone, we recognize the importance of proper route selection and defensive driving skills in the everyday planning of protective movements, because protection personnel are, statistically, not significantly safer than the general population.
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The Mission of Protection

Prevention of intentional injury

By Rick Colliver: Part 1 of 5

Unlike traditional security or law enforcement duties, the mission of protection is more narrowly focused to prevent specific risks from affecting the protectee.  At the basic level, the protective mission can be broken into five critical elements:

* Prevention of intentional injury
* Prevention of unintentional injury
* Prevention of medical emergency
* Prevention of abduction
* Prevention of embarrassment

Through effective advance work we are able to steer the Protectee away from these dangers and to facilitate their daily schedules; making us of value to them.  And, without steering the debate down another street, let me confess that even though many protection philosophies warn us against carrying luggage or performing other “assistance” tasks, I have carried suitcases and pushed shopping carts once or twice.  But, in my defense I could argue that a man following a woman who’s pushing a shopping cart draws a whole-lot more attention that a man pushing a shopping cart who’s following a woman who’s…shopping. And, a shopping cart can be a right proper defensive weapon if used or intended as such.

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