The key to a successful and effective Executive Protection (EP) program lies in its advance, proactive work. While strong tactical skills and operational savvy are necessary, strictly relying on them would be a mistake. Indeed, it is much safer and cost-efficient to pre-emptively detect and defuse possible threats than to wait for them to manifest themselves and be forced to react to them as they happen. Before anything, a good EP service should conduct a thorough and in-depth risk assessment process. Doing so will make it possible to determine a unique risk profile for the client, consistent with the analysis of his specific sources of threat, risk, and vulnerability. This risk profile will then be used to conduct on-going protective intelligence and threat monitoring operations, to ensure that any possible threats to both his physical safety and reputation are identified and thwarted. These activities will all fall under the umbrella of a larger client-specific program consisting of a wide range of efficient and cost-effective risk management strategies.
Furthermore, advance work also applies to operations and response. While even the best proactive assessment work can’t anticipate every possible incident, proper planning and preparation can ensure that the most appropriate and effective response process will be carried out in the event that an unpredictable incident would occur. Closely managing the logistics involved in the client’s movements, setting up and arranging proper surveillance and physical protection, as well as coordinating the security and emergency response efforts with the local authorities are all steps that work towards that goal.
Lastly, a high-quality EP service should always aim to preserve the health and safety of its client, all the while demonstrating value by supporting business functions and increasing work productivity. Truly efficient EP programs should always be tailor-made and adapted to the client’s specific needs and reality, staying away from traditional one-size fits all approaches.