Never panic just adjust

When you go through your EP training and you learn in a classroom setting you are under an organized and prepared format.  Mosty of the things you learn in school will seem like a distant memory of how it really unfolds in the real world.  You learn and practice getting in an out of vehicles for hours and you are good to go.  The first time you deploy from a vehicle with your first couple of protectees you’ll encounter things that will have your head spinning if you are not able to adjust.

The first thing you may encounter is that no matter how much your EP instructors talk about briefing the protectee, if they teach you that at all, when you get on that maiden voyage, you won’t be able to brief them.  The protectee gets in the car and he/she is busy on the phone and you still don’t have the right moment to say anything.  Then it happens, you arrive at the designated location and he/she opens the door and starts walking without you.  You say to yourself, “What am I supposed to do?”  What do you do?  You get out, get in position and recover.

One of the other things that often happens is that when you approach the vehicle the protectee opens the front door and gets in the front right seat.  YOUR SEAT!  What do you do?  You get in and at the first opportunity you gently educate him/her on seating arrangements and WHY you prefer that they sit in the right rear.  Now, before you open your pie hole, you better know why they are supposed to sit in the right rear and not simply say, “That’s what I have been taught.”  Always have facts when you make a recommendation because they will ask why.  What happens when he/she says that they have to sit in the front because they get car sick from sitting in the back?  Well you’ll be parking your rear end in the back seat.  That’s the adjustment.  What’s the alternative, calling your boss and whining that the protectee isn’t following protocols?

Before I end this blog I want to say that under a high threat situation or in a non permissive environment, you’ll have to stand your ground in a very democratic way.  The reason is that the rationale regarding what we do and why we do it is not only for their safety but it is for our safety as well.  Briefing the client is very improtant no matter what environment you are operating in, however in CONUS, you may not have the opportunity or time.  The hurdle in this is how important the protectee feels that having security is for them.   Remember, many of these protectees, in many cases, have had security pushed on them and they are going to alienate you until they get used to having you around.  Until that time comes you will have to adjust without crossing the line and losing the contract.

A major fall back in the scenario where a protectee doesn’t want you around they will play the, “Get  lost” act.  this is when they task you with non related matters or even perceived security related matters that will get you away from them.  I will address that tomorrow.

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