What is a Bodyguard?

A bodyguard watches out for people’s personal security, such as political figures, famous celebrities, business managers, or additional individuals who may be at risk of personal attacks.

Bodyguards travel beside their clients to public events and escort them on their day-to-day movements and activities. They investigate the background of the people who will come in contact with their client, plan out travel itineraries, pre-search rooms/buildings/vehicles, scan for any potential danger, and carry out security inspections.

What does a Bodyguard do?

The job of a bodyguard can be very fulfilling but is not as charming as many people may think. Even though, at moments, bodyguards are exposed to extraordinary lifestyles and may also get to travel broadly (depending on the client), at the end of the day, it’s about guarding someone’s life, not having fun.

Bodyguards operate either alone or as a member of a security team. They are taught to jump to action and protect their clients in any situation where there is a threat of harassment or aggression. They protect public officials, wealthy individuals, and celebrities from abduction, assassination, harassment, robbery, assault, loss of confidential information, threats, and additional criminal offences.
A bodyguard can:

  • be a close-protection officer (which escorts the client)
  • be a driver-bodyguard
  • be part of a team or unit that provides IED (Intelligent Electronic Device) detection
  • specialise in guarding the children of VIP’s from kidnapping and/or assassination

Bodyguards are trained to respond quickly in emergency circumstances. They can make instant decisions and adjustments on the fly. They stay close to their clients on all occasions, keep an eye on their surroundings, and hold strangers at a safe length.

Before accessing a building or a public meeting place, a bodyguard will thoroughly assess the situation and will know the most appropriate way to exit should there be a predicament. Bodyguards are sometimes accountable for driving their clients to and from events and must plan travel routes thoroughly to ensure that their clients reach and leave destinations securely.

This profession can vary greatly depending on whoever the client is. Bodyguards guarding clients at high risk will be concentrating on checking cars for IED devices, bombs, patrolling for potential shooters, etc.

By contrast, a bodyguard escorting a celebrity pursued by photographers and fans will concentrate on maintaining a safe distance and obstructing the path of anyone displaying aggressive behaviour towards their client.

Are you suited to be a bodyguard?

Bodyguards have distinct personalities. They tend to be driven individuals, which implies they’re adventurous, ambitious, assertive, extroverted, vigorous, passionate, confident, and positive. They are authoritative, persuasive, and motivational. Some of them are also artistic, indicating they’re creative, instinctive, sensitive, fluent, and expressive.

What is the workplace of a Bodyguard like?

Bodyguards may work for state or private companies or for private individuals. Clients may incorporate celebrities, public figures, heads of industry, or authority. Bodyguards may work as part of a bigger close protection team with other specialists or offer different services.
Working as part of a 24-hour protection and security team, long day, night or weekend shifts may be needed. Individuals may require to work indoors and/or outdoors, visit social events when required, and be prepared to travel.

Bodyguards are also known as:

  • Close Protection Officer
  • Executive Protection Agent

Specific Skills for Top-Level Bodyguards

With all of these high-level competencies, personal bodyguards are among the most highly trained security professionals possible today. Usually, prior military, special forces or law enforcement professionals will explore bodyguard positions. These professionals have an uncommon set of higher-level skills that will enable them to succeed in the role.
Many bodyguards have formal personal protection training, encompassing firearms training, drive training and medical discipline. In addition to these skills, other features make a bodyguard successful, any of which can’t always be taught. The job of a bodyguard needs someone who has the intellectual and analytical skills to assess circumstances and quickly formulate solutions.

Skills the most successful bodyguards have in common include:

  • Excellent judgment
  • The ability to work alone and with a team
  • Common sense
  • Sound decision making
  • Physical health
  • Firearms training
  • Physical combat and defence abilities
  • Evasive driving discipline
  • The ability to keep a professional relationship with the client
  • High levels of discretion and confidentiality
  • Excellent communication and conversation skills
  • The capacity to mentally and physically manage long hours and dangerous conditions

Like all security personnel, bodyguards take on a considerable capacity. When a client hires a bodyguard, they lean on the guard’s professionalism and unique talents. A client wants peace of mind in acknowledging that they are safe. The best bodyguards have well-rounded experience in personal security as well as intelligence, intuition and quick-thinking.

Specialist Response Unit is a highly specialised security company located in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. We offer a range of services that depend on the adaptability and fast response to any given threatening situation to our clients.

Further Reading

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