Executive Protection (EP), also known as Close Personal Protection or Bodyguarding, refers to security measures taken to ensure the safety of VIP's or other individuals who may be exposed to elevated personal risk because of their employment, celebrity status, wealth, associations or geographical location.
Executive protection is its own highly specialized field within the private security industry. Elite executive protection professionals will have specialized training in Executive Protection, Precision-Tactical Driving, First Aid, CPR, Defensive Tactics and Marksmanship.
The term Executive Protection was coined in the 1970s by the United States Secret Service when they created the Executive Protection Service to guard visiting foreign dignitaries.
In the United States, executive protection services are regulated at the state level and in most cases require licensing, insurance, training and a separate concealed carry permit. Also, The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (aka HR-218) does not serve as a license for off-duty law enforcement officers to provide executive protective services. Hiring unlicensed, uninsured protection services, including those offered by off-duty law enforcement officers, creates direct liability for the client.
Protective measures may include Estate Security Guards, Residential Security Systems, Armored Vehicles and Vehicle Scramble Logistics-Plans, Mail Screening, Private Jet Travel, Background Checks for other employees, and other precautions.
Executive protection may also provide security for immediate and/or extended family members to prevent kidnapping and extortion.
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