Doing the Algebraic formula alone

The protective bubble or protective sphere is a conceptualized circle. The circumference of a circle is 360 degrees. The proper coverage of a protectee is the circle of protection around him/her. In many cases more than one ring known as concentric circles are used. Each putter ring has it’s own specific security protocol as it relates to the overall security of the event and/or protectee.

Conceptually and theoretically the more specialists on the inner protective formation around the protectee, the less area of that 360 degree responsibility you have. Your area of responsibility must be fluid as the formation is fluid especially in the private sector. To be clear, you might be working the right side of a diamond formation. The client turns around and walks in the opposite direction, guess what your sectors change. The experienced professional will not panic, knowing that he is now on the protectees left side. Where I’ve seen this look goofy is when the specialist feels that he is always supposed to be on the right side and when the protectee changes direction the entire group starts running around like a Chinese fire drill. It’s important to know your responsibility from anywhere on the formation.

On the official side, when the shift arrives they own the terrain that they walk upon, thus, their areas of responsibility shifts less than ours in the private arena. The transitions are less occurrences. They look fluid moat if the time because they OWN that ground.

The algebraic formula never changes in total coverage when the amount of people on the detail reduces. What does change is the amount of area you’re responsible for. If you’re working with another person each of you must hold down 180 degrees each. Those sectors will change but you must compliment each other at all times

The real work comes when you’re working alone. Mark calls this the “witness” formation because if you’re not prepared you’re going to be the states witness to the attack and finding yourself writing statements and jockeying from one interview to another answering, “in your words, what did you see?”

Regardless of whether you’re working a 5 man diamond or box or alone, it can be done. What you really have to be cognizant of is that you are constantly moving and focusing orbitally. You’ll find yourself at any time leading, walking on the right or left and following your protectee at one point or another. If I’m walking to the rear of a protectee and I know we are about to turn a corner, i will “gracefully” pass him/her to get to the corner first, slow down and let them pass me, effectively securing the unknown from the known. The same goes for entering or exiting a building. When working alone I always try to be the first person in or out before the protectee and then fall back to my desired position based on the terrain, perceived threat and my ability to respond.

It is said that every successful attack was or is preceded by a diversion. Diversions can be intended or unintended. An intended diversion is set to channel your vehicle, protectee or team to a desired choke point to effectuate the attack. An unintended diversion can be something as simple as you looking at a pretty woman that passes by. The smell of food when your stomach is growling like an atomic dog. Anything that takes your attention off the mission set- Protection ad the NOW mindset.

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