By Hucky Austin
Okay, so I kind of ripped off Oprah’s concept of her favorite things list, but Oprah was not talking about her favorite EP items so I think we are ok.
1. The Tactical Tailor – The Tactical Tailor was the brain child of Logan Coffey, who was killed in a tragic car accident in 2008. The Tactical Taylor has numerous products for individuals working in both the executive protection and high threat protection industries. For more information on their gear go to; http://www.tacticaltailor.com
2. 511 Tactical Clothing – I have to admit that I am a die hard fan of many of the items that 511 produce. The tactical clothing line, especially the covert dress shirts work extremely well when you need to be armed on a protection detail, the choice of colors reasonable prices and durability are one of the reasons I prefer to wear these clothing articles if I work a detail. You can find additional information on 511 Tactical clothing at; http://www.511tactical.com
3. Panasonic Tuff Book – Any individual who is going to get into the executive protection field MUST have a laptop computer of some kind. A laptop is essential when you are conducting and preparing mission briefs, going on line to do background checks and for use on advanced work. I have found that Panasonic makes a series of well built, rugged and durable laptops that you can take into the field without worrying about dust, dirt or banging the computer into a hotel wall. To find out more about this great tool go to; http://www.panasonic.com/business/Toughbook/toughbook-products.asp
4. Google Earth and Street View – Ok so know that you have your new Tuff Book you will need some software to help you with your movement and advanced work planning. Google Earth has both free software and also has a pay version ($400) that gives you additional tools not available with the free subscription. Along with Google earth there is now also Street View which is an awesome tool for helping you plan for advanced work, routes and selection and placement of personal and vehicles, you can find more on both of these excellent tools at; http://earth.google.com/ and http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/ .
5. Brickhouse Wireless Camera Hunter – An important part of your job as an Executive Protection Specialist is to ensure that you also protect your client from embarrassment. One of the best tools on the market right now is a camera hunter that is able to find any hidden camera in a room. The system picks up frequencies that range from 900 MHZ to 2.52 GHz’s and is able to find a wide range of cameras including PAL/NTSC/CCIR and EIA. Take a look of this great piece of equipment; http://www.brickhousesecurity.com/dd9000.html