You finally get the nod from your supervisor; after months of doing “halls and walls, (standing posts), you are going to perform your first Protective Security Advance. In other words, you have been designated to proceed ahead of the principal’s security detail and will be charged with protecting your company’s principal and liaison with officials at each of the sites he will be visiting. In this case, let’s assume your principal is a CEO of a firm headquartered in Chicago but he will be traveling to New York City to attend a three-day conference. Generally, especially in government protective security organizations, an advance is completed by a team of agents; however, in this case you work for a moderately sized private sector company and this particular principal is frugal and is attempting to acquire top notch security on the cheap.
First, although your agency’s travel representative should already be aware of your detail’s itinerary, it is normally the responsibility of the detail leader to inform the travel office that agents, or an agent, will be traveling in advance of the detail. However, it is a good idea to contact your firm’s travel agent to ensure they have taken the appropriate steps concerning appropriate air travel, rental car reserved for you at the correct NYC airport, and hotel reservations for the entire time frame you will be in the Big Apple. Generally, you will need about three to four days to advance the detail’s itinerary, and the same number of days the protection team will be on the ground. Not only will you advance each site prior to arrival of the detail in New York, you will then hop and skip from site to site advancing each one and in essence staying one step in front of the security unit.