By Doc Rogers
While on bodyguard assignments there are four basic formations you will employ in the protection of your client depending on the environment, threat level, circumstances and the number of bodyguards available. The four basic formations are the wedge, box, diamond and one-on-one formations which are a structured perimeter defense formed around the client. These formations remain in close proximity to the client, are highly mobile and move with the client at all times, shielding the client from encountering any altercations. While conducting these protective formations either as a team bodyguard effort or on a one on one effort always be alert and position yourself between the client to shield against possible threats. Fully scan the room your client is in, if you sense danger, take action and move the client to safety immediately.
Each formation should be utilized to suit the individual needs of a situation to include the protection of your client while in different functions such as public halls, open space meetings, boardrooms, crowded auditoriums or streets, etc. Actually, the shape of the formation never stays perfectly aligned to the geometric configurations described; but the most important consideration is maintaining the integrity of protection provided for the client at all times by mitigating potential threats.
The wedge formation as the name suggests in the geometric configuration of a wedge. The rule in the wedge formation is to provide the client with 360 degrees of protection at all times. The wedge is the most difficult formation in maintaining perimeter integrity around the client and is mostly utilized in moving the client through heavy low-risk crowds. The wedge should only be used in a tight protective formation and is normally conducted in an overt movement.