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2 Specialist series-Pt. 2

In the specialist series that I have been writing about there is a common trend in the 1 and 2 person blogs-Experience. When you are actively working a principal or a special event it is not recommended to have a new specialist on the detail for on the job training. Minor mistakes in these situations are not afforded a “time out” for a POI (Period of instruction). When there are more specialists involved you can augment certain responsibilities to neophytes.

It is my personal belief that when a specialist completes his/her basic course they are not fully ready to deal with the rigors of a close-in detail as part of the “Shift”. Halls and walls in most cases is a better position to listen and learn. Often there are opportunities to allow them to shadow and senior specialist and see how a detail unfolds. The classroom is a stage, but a detail is LIVE. Do-overs or mulligans do not apply.

I have lost count of specialists that have asked to shadow us on a detail for free so that they can see how we operate. Depending on the client and the principal I will allow this as long as it does not hinder the detail. Putting an inexperienced specialist front and center on a live detail in a vital position on the shift is never advised. On the flip side, I do not buy into the “make your bones” theory. As I have stated on many occasions, if it wasn’t for Minister seeing something in me at the S-98 detail, my EP would have died on that property. The old heads in the company thought that you shouldn’t get the “tap” until you put years in the company, regardless if those years were limited to static duty. That formula made no sense to me but that is how they played.

I can tell in very short time where a person’s career in executive protection will go. Some people will always be halls and walls and then there are others that can be molded to higher responsibilities. Either way, you should almost never place a newer specialist as your second specialist on a detail. The second specialist should have the requisite experience to be the lead on the detail if needed.

1 comment

  1. Walter Perkins

    The last part of this blog should be in bold, I guess they would have to attend your class to truly understand that when working a principal with a two specialist detail that hot and cold position should ebb and flow. It’s more then just “the left hand know what the right is doing”. it’s the WISDOM to apply that knowledge on a LIVE detail. And that being part of what you meant by “Molded”…I’m still Tracking…

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