What is a bodyguard? According to Merriam-Webster, a bodyguard is defined as “a usually armed attendant or group of attendants whose duty is to protect a person.” A bodyguard, also known as an executive protection specialist, refers to a person who conducts security and risk mitigation measures taken to ensure the safety of a celebrity or high-net-worth individuals who may be exposed to elevated personal risks because of their employment, celebrity status, net-worth, or other affiliations.
Protective measures implemented for executive protection services may include home security systems, bodyguards, armored vehicles, mail screenings, and other protective intelligence measures. Bodyguard services may be extended to other family members or pets to prevent kidnapping/dognapping and or extortion.
Bodyguarding is its own highly specialized field within the private security industry. A bodyguard often has training in protective intelligence, first aid, estate security, behavioral intelligence, advances, and surveillance detection. Each state has different licensing requirements for those providing executive protection services in most cases a state will require licensing, insurance, and a state-approved training program.
What Does a Bodyguard Do?
A bodyguard may perform a variety of roles to protect their client:
- Detail Leader
- Motorcade Lead
- Advance Lead
- Protective Intelligence
If you are interested in finding out more about how you can become a bodyguard contact ESI today and register for the next course.