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Old 05-17-2013, 7:48 PM
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Default Has anyone here done VIP or executive protection? (bodyguard)

Hey Calguns!

For several years i have been interested in Executive protection,
in other words being a body guard. Whether is for a company or an agent or private.
Is any one here done such work? or knows someone who has?
I am actively pursuing this and would like to ask some questions.
thanks!
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It is a hard field to get into without a law enforcement background or military background.
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Old 05-17-2013, 8:00 PM
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It is a hard field to get into without a law enforcement background or military background.
I am in the Marines.
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Spent a couple years doing that. Demanding, but interesting. Got to drive some pricey wheels and go to interesting places.
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Old 05-18-2013, 3:35 AM
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Mich... I have... Its ****ty work but pays well.... check out Gavin De Becker and Associates... they are one of the leading EP companies around....
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In CA. you will need a guard card and exposed firearm permit, if working armed) before doing agent work for a licensed company or propriatary security company.
If you want to "free lance" you must possess a Private Patrol Operator license to do contract security work.
Of course you can disregard this info if you will be working out of this state or overseas. DeBecker and Associates is a good lead.
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dont forget the ccw if working plain clothes
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:39 PM
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i think if your doing executive protection they will require you to have either a ccw or law enforcement backround, because you will most likely be in plain clothing instead of a uniform.
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Another recommendaction to look into Gavin Debecker.

Their offices used to be in the LA area, but that may have changed. Their standards were very high when I spoke with their recruiter several years ago. The physical test: pass/ fail would weed-out most applicants alone.

They specifically look for a military/ law enforcement background.

There are other legit companies but they are local.

As someone else said, if you work domestically it is often boring and monotonous work.

The only caveat I would provide is to be wary of some of the smaller security companies who offer executive protection services. The biggest downfall is the work is inconsistent,
which is why a larger established company with government clients is more optimal.
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I've done it a couple times locally. Like SkiDevil mentioned if you plan on going local with small companies don't expect to be working too often.
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Mich... I have... Its ****ty work but pays well....
Pays well? Who your BSing? It pays well if your a former Spec-4 or worked fast food. 20 years ago the money was better. Now you have half wits under bidding everyone. It is what it is ...

You ever watch "The Bodyguard"? Some places look for professionals others prefer ex-cons and thugs. It is what it is ...
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Awesome thread....I would like to get into this myself...so far, I am signed up for a course next month...
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Again, DeBecker is the way to go.
Plenty of money to be made in the industry. Depends on your background and what/where you're willing to do/go. Definitely get your guard card and weapons cert. CCW is damn near impossible in CA, depending on where you live.
Now maybe someone can answer me this since I'm too lazy to read up about it. What difference does it make if you're wearing plain clothes? As long as it's an exposed weapon, you should be fine, no? Or does it specify working in uniform?
I keep my card current just in case.
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Again, DeBecker is the way to go.
Plenty of money to be made in the industry. Depends on your background and what/where you're willing to do/go. Definitely get your guard card and weapons cert. CCW is damn near impossible in CA, depending on where you live.
Now maybe someone can answer me this since I'm too lazy to read up about it. What difference does it make if you're wearing plain clothes? As long as it's an exposed weapon, you should be fine, no? Or does it specify working in uniform?
I keep my card current just in case.

For a BSIS exposed weapon permit to be valid on it's own, you have to be in a uniform registered by a PPO with two arm patches that say private security and a badge and a current guard card.

The reason why I emphasized on it's own, is because there are other cases such as a PI. If a PI has a CCW and wants to carry while actively working a case he needs the exposed permit as well, even though he isn't working with an exposed firearm.
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In SoCal, the majority of armed undercover protection details are done by off-duty & retired LEOs.
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The problem with Gavin DeBecker is the whole selling you his books before employment and they watch you via CCTV while you're at work
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http://htpscourse.com/

Just went through a couple of their courses and had a great experience. PM me if you have any questions.
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Another advantage after retirement for LEOs ...

OP after the Marines why don't you look into a career in Law Enforcement. The profession can always use good men. It will also allow you to pursue your endeavors in private armed security.
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The problem with Gavin DeBecker is the whole selling you his books before employment and they watch you via CCTV while you're at work
How is this is a problem if you're doing nothing wrong and behaving professionally? This system has the power to potentially save lives, and is an added measure for ensuring the standards are actively being enforced on a daily basis.

If you're serious about getting your foot in the door, I too recommend GDBA - even if your encouraged to invest in a few books before joining. This organization has the highest standards and will not waste time with sandbaggers. Yes, tobacco/drug use is prohibited. No, you don't have to give up alcoholic beverages on your free time. They simply want to be the best and have a stellar reputation (which is working out pretty well so far).

How far you want to go and how much you want to earn starts with you. You can work your 4-12's or you can volunteer every hour of your week. If you're paid hourly, this will result in a vast earnings difference from agent - agent. There is BIG money to be made if you're a rock star and willing to go the distance. There is a GREAT steady paycheck to be had if you simply want to do the bare minimum and go about your life.

It's not always gucci with private planes and red carpets, but there are agents who do that on a weekly basis. You have to prove yourself before you're thrown in the field, and that typically involves static work at a residence until you've done so. PM me with any additional questions regarding the field.

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