Today close protection services have become a necessity not only for celebrities and VIPs but also for wealthy people as well as people who deal with sensitive information. Terror attacks, kidnapping for ransom, etc. are just some of the incidents which raise the need for you to avail of the close protection service. This has led to the mushrooming of various close protection companies. The services offered by these extend beyond the regular bodyguard protection service that we are used to. Unlike a bodyguard, an executive protection professional needs some specific attributes so that he can offer you a holistic protective and preventive security. Some of the attributes that any security officer of a reputable close protection company needs to have are:-
Military training and experience
Since the danger is grave and life-threatening, it is important that the executive professional must have a training equivalent to a military, police or other such related training. It is this training that will help him eliminate any danger with minimum fuss and offering complete security to his client. His duties can be best described with four words- �observe, detect, deter, and report.� Only a trained person can do justice to it.
Good communication skills
Verbal, gestural and all other forms of communication skills must be strong in a good executive protection professional. His communication needs to be accurate, eloquent, effective as well as confident. Simultaneously, he must possess excellent listening skills. Without them, there is a risk of his misunderstanding his assignments and creating life-threatening blunders.
Good writing skills
A good writing skill will help the executive, professional deal with his regular work of reports, memos, emails, and other paperwork throughout his career. He must be able to write in simple, understandable and grammatically flawless English.
Good customer service experience
Since the executive professional would be with you round the clock, it is likely, that he would pick your calls or greet your guests on your behalf. Thus, he would also be acting as your brand manager and lending first impression about you to others. This positive impact can only come about with a person with excellent human relation skills as well as inherent courtesy. This makes your time with him also pleasant.
Good judgment and decision making skills
An executive professional should have the ability to think on his toes and make judgment and decision on the spur of the moment based on the situation. Thus, he must have the ability of not panicking, assessing the situation and making a quick decision when faced with an unexpected threat or in any other situation. A person who is slow to act and confused will put his own life as well as his client’s life in danger that could end in death.
Good driving skills
An executive professional is much more than a mere bodyguard. He must be trained and have a valid driver’s license. He must also be proficient in defensive driving skills i.e. must be able to drive through dangerous lanes at noteworthy speed while still keeping his client and himself safe.
Martial art skills
Martial arts skill is a must for any executive professional as they can avert the need for a gun in many situations. They can help combat any danger that has leaped suddenly on your face. You know you have the skills to protect yourself when faced with any manhandling. The knowledge that the executive is proficient in martial arts is a big mental relief.