Close Protection Training – How good is your provider?

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Close Protection Training  – How good is your provider?

Since the introduction of industry regulation for Close Protection training by the SIA there has been a continual growth in the number of accredited training providers delivering the qualification. In the early stages this area of training was dominated by ‘Hereford’ based companies as service leavers were wooed by the lure of meeting and gaining information from what they might refer to as ‘Blades’!

After the initial flood of CP training providers things appeared to slow down but current trends would show a myriad of providers spawned out of the overall growth of a very commercialised private security sector.

Close Protection Roles

Clearly the modern day Close Protection Operator can undertake a whole variety of tasks. Perhaps the clearest demarcation of these tasks is whether they come under the category of ‘Europe’ or ‘Hostile Environment’ based.

Common sense would suggest that a person of no military/police background who has completed a three-week course should not be working in a Iraq, Syria etc (it is questionable whether a Police background would be relevant to operations in these areas also!) The double-edged sword created by the SIA’s regulation of the industry has however to some extent allowed this to become a possibility.

Close Protection Training Providers

As there is undoubtedly a great spread in professionalism of Close Protection operators across the board. There is also a great spread in the experience and expertise held by Close Protection training providers.

This was markedly shown during a recent attendance at a British Forces Resettlement Service (BFRS) networking event. A room with a small contingent of service leavers was packed full of companies offering exactly the same credentials and training products – or were they???

Threats

I am sure most people will have undertaken tasks where they question the professional standards of some of the colleagues they are alongside. It may be true to say that in many cases ‘bluffers’ will be able ‘look the part’ as throughout all areas of the industry real time ‘incidents’ are statistically low, allowing operators to blend into background.

Experience

There really is nothing to compare to a sound base of experience of Close Protection carried out at the highest level (both in a Military and Commercial context). It is at these levels that the best practices of the industry will be upheld – well drilled Close Protection Teams/ skilled individual operators/ right levels of equipment and resources/ sound operating procedures etc.

In many cases the demands of high-level Close Protection (driven by the associated high threat levels) will, by default, ensure that all of the afore mentioned best practices are in place.

This experience and high standard of operating levels then becomes, in some cases, the key driver for similarly matched training provision.

Undoubtedly these differences are hard to quantify (particularly when pitched at a busy BFRS network event!!) but they are there none-the-less.

The hope is that good Close Protection Training will filter to the top of the industry through the word of mouth network, while Operational Private Security Companies continue to employ personnel qualified through only highly reputable training providers…

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