Certified PSD Protection Specialist , CPSDS

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RECOMMENDED GEAR & EQUIPMENT

APPROVED FOR POST 9-11 VA BENEFITS FOR ALL ESI CORE RESIDENCY PROGRAMS

2023  SPRING PSD RESIDENCY
Start Date: APRIL 30 Graduation Date: MAY 20

2023 FALL PSD RESIDENCY
Start Date: SEPTEMBER 10 Graduation Date: September 30

*IT IS BEST TO REGISTER FOR THE CLASS AT LEAST 60 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START DATE TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE A SEAT IN THE CLASS THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU.

ESI offers a PSD Protective Operations Course that parallels our world-renowned Executive Protection Program designed for corporate and personal protection. The PSD program can be taken as a full-time 21-Day Residency.

Prerequisites for this program are:

  • Former and current military with experience in a combat zone within the last 5 years.
  • Former and current law enforcement with experience in an active SWAT or Drug Task Force Team within the last 5 years.
  • Or a graduate from ESI’s Executive Protection Program with a level 1 shooting score within the last 5 years.

We review training and experience on an individual basis.

The program goes beyond minimum standards to meet the changing tactics of Jihadis who attack convoys, protection details, and their principals daily. Defensive procedures must adapt to the ever-changing tactics of a determined and intelligent enemy. ESI’s PSD Protective Operations Course is taught by staff that are competent, and also profoundly rooted in the operational side of high threat arenas.

Senior ESI Consultants, Instructors, and Advisors

Pete Dordal, and Glen Boodry.

Senior Instructors for PSD Protective Operations:

Chris Story and Keith Buckner.

Pete Dordal

Program Design and Advisor

Pete Dordal: a 1984 ESI Graduate and former Marine Scout Sniper Instructor, is the principal advisor and consultant to ESI on PSD Protective Operations Program. Pete Dordal is Senior Vice-President of Garda World, the Consulting and Investigation / Global Risks Group of Garda World Security Corporation, one of the most trusted consulting, investigation, and security firms in the world. Pete Dordal is the Managing Director of International Security Operations and he is responsible for the delivery of security services to a variety of government and commercial clients in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East.

Glen Boodry

Program Design and Instructor

Glen Boodry is a 1992 graduate of ESI and has over 30 years of combined military, law enforcement, and federal antiterrorism and counterterrorism experience. Glen has spent many years as a Team Leader and training supervisor for the US Department of State’s Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) Program – Mobile Antiterrorism Training Team (MATT-T).

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Course Descriptions:

PSD PROTECTIVE OPERATIONS

The PSD Protective Operations course is focused on the basic concepts and building blocks of Protective Operations in a Combat Zone. The emphasis of training is live-action exercises and team operations.

The course covers the following:

  • Protective Operations
  • Low Profile Protective Details in High-Risk Zones
  • Threat Assessment
  • Personal Security Detail Operations
  • Protective Intelligence
  • Protective Shooting
  • Special Protective Issues
  • Performance Evaluation

The course begins with an overview of the requirements, duties, and responsibilities of a Protection Agent in High-Risk environments, including a summary of State Department Protocols for (PSD). From the understanding of the operational procedures of enemy tactics, the principles of protection simultaneously evolve and remain constant. Universal protective principles of Cover and Evacuate, Advances, Threat Assessment, and Surveillance Detection are taught as constants, but adapting to the tactics of terrorists and the changing needs of the principal.

Students learn the importance of route selection, accurate intelligence, and analysis. Emphasis is placed is on methods and strategies to prevent attacks on the Principal or the Team. However, the student becomes proficient in the skills necessary to defend against organized assaults, Attacks on Principal (AOP) Drills, Cover and Evacuation and apply AOP Drills in simulated urban ranges.

Lessons include:

  • The Threat, Types, and Case Studies
  • Principal Vulnerability Assessment
  • The Protective Operational Plan
  • Principal Briefing

PROTECTIVE OPERATIONS

ADVANCED SITE SURVEYS

This component of the training addresses the art of conducting Protective Advances for single-agent and multi-agent details. Pre-Departure Preparations, Site Surveys, Reports, and Presentations are discussed and demonstrated. Students perform Advances in a live urban environment, and learn how the entire protective mission relies on the thoroughness of the Advance, accurate intelligence, and proactive measures.

Beginning with the Principles of Protection, the course covers a wide range of activities and operational skills required on a Protection Detail. Students learn via lecture and discussion, then reinforced learning via a series of practical exercises.

Lessons include:

  • Counter-Surveillance
  • Formations/Working the Principal
  • Assault on Principal (AOP)
  • Security Posts
  • Identification
  • Communications
  • Control Tactics
  • Protective Equipment

SURVEILLANCE DETECTION & COUNTERMEASURES

INTELLIGENCE IN PSD OPERATIONS

Technological advances have broadened the Protective Agents’ capability to effectively use the Internet, Google Earth, and social networks in support of a protective mission. Students will also learn the importance of physical verification of the information derived from all sources. Instruction is provided in a format that allows the student to obtain a basic understanding of the critical role of surveillance detection in a hostile environment, and how to manage a covert counter surveillance operation.

Lessons include:

  • Contingency Planning/ Managing Major Events
  • Special Mission Posts
  • Surveillance Detection and Countermeasures
  • Physical Security

The Role of Intelligence in PSD Operations is the critical block of ESI’s Teaching Philosophy. It is based on a weeklong realistic scenario called the Red Orchestra. Students begin by a careful study of Al Qaeda’s training manual: “The Management of Savagery”, which is Al Qaeda’s playbook for a military/political strategy of conquest to re-establish a worldwide Islamic Caliphate. The early stage of this strategy is focused on achieving the social, economic, and political state of Chaos. Students are assigned two countries, one Islamic and the other non-Islamic for country-specific intelligence Threat Assessment and Management Plan for the purpose of understanding the common elements in their security threat assessments. While gaining some understanding of the effects of a religiously motivated and a secular criminal gang destabilizing a state, students will learn the dramatic impact of information leakage on a PSD team’s personal security.

Surveillance activities are the foundation of a terrorist or organized criminal attack. Having the ability to detect and validate suspected hostile surveillance during the planning phases of an impending terrorist or criminal attack makes it possible for the protective security detail (PSD) to deter and potentially prevent an attack.

The purpose of the Red Orchestra is to expand upon the preceding Surveillance Detection and Countermeasures class by subjecting the student to actual hostile surveillance and attempts to solicit and collect intelligence information. This exercise allows the student to apply the classroom instruction received to a real-world setting applicable to PSD operations.

Upon completion of the exercise, students will be able to:

  • ​Discuss the critical necessity to maintain operational security (OPSEC) to ensure the security of the principle and members of the protective security detail (PSD).
  • Identify the types of hostile surveillance employed during the exercise as well as discuss the methods used to collect and solicit intelligence information.
  • Discuss how the surveillance countermeasures and counter-surveillance tactics and techniques are employed by the PSD were able to expose and validate the hostile surveillance being conducted.
  • Identify and discuss how the information gained from the surveillance countermeasures and counter-surveillance operations was used to effectively plan PSD operations and deter and prevent an attack.
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The Basic Carbine & Handgun course begins with an active inventory of shooting skills necessary to qualify with a carbine and handgun. The student must be a Level 1 graduate of ESI EP Shooting Course, recent Military or current Law Enforcement service.

The skill base will achieve the following:

  • Safety, stripping, cleaning, assembling, function check of a weapon
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship (primary and secondary weapons)
  • Weapon presentation drills (primary and secondary weapons)
  • Load and unload drills (primary and secondary weapons)
  • Administrative, tactical, and speed reload drills (primary and secondary weapons)
  • Weapon malfunction drills
  • Weapon transition drill and combat speed shooting
  • Single/multiple shots and targets
  • Target identification drills
  • Stationary turns
  • Shooting on the move and lateral shooting
  • Firing positions (kneeling, prone, squatting)
  • Barricade shooting
  • Strong/weak hand drills
  • Night shooting
  • Two-man/four-man team tactics

At the end of the Basic course, there is a Staff evaluation of student’s basic gun safety and weapon handling for primary and secondary tactics. The student must pass the Staff personal evaluation to qualify to enter the Tactical course. If the student fails to pass the minimum shooting qualifications and staff evaluation, he will not be awarded a Certificate of Completion. The student will have the option of returning for remedial training or terminate the program.

TACTICAL CARBINE AND HANDGUN

The Tactical Carbine and Handgun course builds on the basics and quickly moves on to higher skill sets. This course stresses the critical importance of immediate and aggressive reactions to assaults or ambushes. Teams perform Immediate Action Drills (IAD) repeatedly until a coherent response of each team member can be predicted in actual convoy ambushes or protective formations. Once the student is able to demonstrate safe and accurate carbine fire in the basic building blocks of the Course of Fire, the student will advance towards tactical maneuvers in Vehicle Convoys, Assaults on Formations, and Assault of Principle, Multiple Threat Response and tactical awareness skills. The IAD drills focus on reaction to 360 degrees of assault, shooting positions, clearing of the weapon stoppages, re-engagement, accuracy under stress, and movement.

Students who complete academic and practical components of the PSD Protective Operations Program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and an ESI PSD Protective Operations Credential.

The Tactical Shooting course includes:

  • Door Entry Drills
  • Stress drills / Shoot No Shoot
  • Shooting from in/around vehicles
  • Initiative Based Tactics (IBT)
  • Advanced Room Clearing
  • Advanced Mission Planning
  • Ballistic Breaching/Mechanical Breaching
  • Stress Shoots Day/Night
  • Tactical Movements Under Fire
  • Suicide Car Bombs/Moving Target Engagement
  • Target Indication/Identification
  • Barrier/Medium Shooting

*Students without recent military or law enforcement experience (within the last five years) will be required to complete ESI’s 28-Day Executive Protection Program with an 80% or better in order to participate in the PSD Program.

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MOTORCADE AMBUSH RESPONSE
CAT TEAM RESPONSE

This final block of instruction is a simulated terrorist assault on a convoy with pyro-techniques. Student teams are expected to respond to the assault and protect assets. The course will stress firing from moving vehicle, target engagement, and response to convoy ambush.

OVERALL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

Students are evaluated in each skill area taught, using a variety of techniques, including practical application exercises and written examinations.

These include:

  • Advanced Exercise
  • Formations Exercise
  • Attack on Principal (AOP) Exercise
  • Driving Exercise
  • Shooting Exercise
  • Immediate Reaction Drills (IRD)
  • Written Examination
  • Instructor Performance Appraisal

CURRICULUM

Upon completion of any of the three Core Programs, the student is awarded a Certificate of Completion. An ESI Credential is awarded for Certified Protection Specialist ™C.P.S, Certified Security Management Specialist, Certified Protective Operations Specialists, and the highest award is granted for a Certified Security Specialist upon achieving ESI Standard Grade Point Average of 80% or above.

COMPLETION TIME

If a student enrolls in the Residency format, the course is completed in a three-week period. The student is awarded the Certificate at the time of completion. It is possible to break the three-week curriculum into smaller modules and the student accumulates credit as the modules are completed.

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