Grammy Award Scenario


You are the agent in charge of a four person security detail protecting a music industry celebrity.  This evening you are en route to the Grammy Awards.  In the limousine’s front seat is the driver and you as agent in charge.  In the rear seat is the celebrity and his/her companion. 

One other agent of your detail is driving behind you in the chase car, and the fourth agent is awaiting your arrival at the Grammy’s having conducted a security advance. As you arrive at the Grammy’s, you visually locate your advance agent and as planned, your driver/agent pulls the vehicle curbside directed by the advance agent.

Upon arrival, you open the rear limo door for your celebrity client and he/she exits and begins to walk slowly toward the front door to the convention center hosting the ceremony.  You position yourself to the rear of the celebrity and the advance agent walks ahead of the client.

At this point, you observe a man with a gun at his side break through the ropes that are securing the press and run towards the celebrity.  You can see that the conference center has security agents stationed nearby, and local law enforcement is on scene.

How do you handle this situation? Choose one of the below responses:

a.)  You pull your client down to the sidewalk and assume your advance agent will neutralize the threat.

b.)  You grab your client, turn him/her around, simultaneously pushing their head down, and as fast as possible move back toward the limousine. When you get back to the limo you push your client back into the car, keeping their head down and covering their body, the vehicle evacuates the scene, chase car providing additional

 c.)  Both you and the advance agent draw your weapons and engage the potential assassin.

d.)  You continue walking assuming this potential threat will be neutralized by the local police.

What is your answer?

Should you lie to protect your client?

By: James A. DeVino


In the area of protection, the word integrity equates to loyalty to your principal.  In other words, integrity does not necessarily mean honesty, truth, or the American way.  Of course, as you conduct your duties, or in the event that an incident occurs that brings you into contact with and are questioned by law enforcement authorities, you must always be honest when queried.  Should you fail to answer law enforcement’s questions truthfully, you could be charged with a crime, thus prohibiting you from continued work in your chosen field.

From the perspective of the private life of your principal, he or she is entitled to complete and absolute confidentiality.  Thus:  “You are protecting a celebrity principal, and in the course of an evening out on the town, your boss tells you to take him to an address that belongs to a young woman who has joined him in the back seat of the limo.  The next two hours later the detail heads for the principal’s home and the interim shift takes over.  You report for duty as usual around noon and the principal’s spouse asks you a direct question: “Last night, when you were protecting my husband, did you see him with another woman? Has he cheated on me?”

1. Mrs. Brown, I would not be able to tell you if even if I knew.

2. Mrs. Brown, that is a question you should ask your husband, not me.  His marital or extra marital activities is not my concern.  I am paid to protect him.

3. Mrs. Brown, I have never seen your husband involved with another woman.

4. Mrs. Brown, I wish you had not asked me that question.  I have to be honest and tell you he has been unfaithful many times.

What is your answer?