Clarifications of the different Protection Platforms

For the last three days I blogged on the 3 columns of private protection:

  1. Doric Column-Bodyguard Security
  2. Corinthian Column-Executive Protection
  3. Ionic Column-High Threat Protection aka PSD

I spoke to Minister last night and he expressed a concern that in my zeal to break the three private sector entities and utilize the column analogy I may confuse former and future MTMS students on what we teach in the classroom.  Therefore, let me clarify that there are actually 4 models of protection in which I left out Official Protection.  The reason I left that out because in my view the Official Protection group has little to no affect on the dismay or convoluted definitions from the client nor does it interfere with professional or non professional disturbances we are experiencing in our craft.

If anything Official Protection “may” give a client or potential client a false appearance of how protection is performed and/or conducted.  When the USSS or DSS arrives on a scene they can manipulate the environment in a way that they own that space.  The coordination and choreography employed appears seamless to an uneducated client.  Moreover, to a junior or inexperienced specialist that does not know how an official protection platform works, it can give a false sense of security when they are performing protection.  Let me say this now- WE DO NOT HAVE ANY AUTHORITY.  So stop telling people to move off the apron, clear the doorways etc.

I have trained former USSS agents in a proprietary course after they left their official status and was told by them that they didn’t realize how much harder it is in the private sector.  Pulling up to a location with POTUS and freely walking him within the secured bubble is quite contrary to arriving with a CEO and having to manipulate your environment from the time the right rear door opens and his foot touches the ground and you hear “We’re moving” in your earpiece.

Today I want to show you the MTMS break down of protection that is defined in the MTMS course.  So that there is no confusion in my blogs you can see it firsthand.  You will notice that in what Mark calls Body Protection I refer to as Bodyguard security.  I do that to further drive home the differences and reach you right where you are.  Secondly, as it relates to the MTMS version of High Threat, I simply say PSD.  There are a couple names for this platform so instead of further confusing the masses I use a term that everyone understands.

  • Body Protection – Reactive, discretion not always a priority, typically utilized by notables with a limited concern.
  • Executive Protection – Proactive, intelligence led with discretion, typically utilized by persons requiring a more complicated risk management solution.
  • High Threat Protection – Offensive, proactive techniques, aggressive tactical support, utilized in non-permissive environments against threats with advanced weapons and tactical experience.
  • Official Protection – Local, state or federal law enforcement application that requires certain law enforcement or national security considerations

So there it is.  If you read closely you will see that fundamentally there are no difference except for my terminology to assist in the readers understanding and comprehension.  If you have any questions, email me, tweet me, catch me on linkedin etc.



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