What Questions Should You Be Asking?

Like anything in life, you get what you pay for. This is equally as true for clients hiring protective services as it is the money we invest in our own career development.

While there is a clear link between the value we deliver on the job and the amount we invest in training this is not the only factor we have to consider.

There are more points of entry into the security industry than has ever existed but how do we decide where to spend those precious training credits? what should the protector of tomorrow be learning and which training provider should we invest in?

Tough questions but we aim to make the process a little more straightforward by sharing quality advice from experienced professionals across the industry.

Let's get into it!

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Migrant workers in Qatar acting as guards at Al-Bidda Park appear to get one day off a month and are housed in dirty camps on the edge of the desert

Local Afghan media reported earlier today that Mahmood Karzai, brother of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, was arrested at Kabul International Airport after trying to depart for the United Arab Emirates, specifically Dubai.

Mohammed bin Salman now has immunity against a lawsuit due to his new role as prime minister.

The US government has reportedly ordered a probe after Western components were found in downed Iranian drones in Ukraine.

Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin says a defector to Ukraine died "a dog's death for a dog".

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One of the questions I am always asked from people entering the Close Protection sector is which training provider should I use?

Before embarking on any course it is always advisable to carry out your own due diligence, it is amazing how many people don’t do this and end up getting caught out.

But what questions should you be asking?

In this article, Shaun West offers advice to help you make informed decisions when embarking on a new career path in protective services. As Shaun says "The protection sector is a fantastic place in which to operate, you will make good friends and have some fantastic experiences but it is essential that you make good decisions from the outset and that starts with the training provider that you choose.

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Geopolitical Analysis by RANE

After missile-linked explosions killed two people in Poland's town of Przewodow near Ukraine, Poland will likely trigger NATO's Article IV to start formal consultations among member states at the request of a member that feels threatened by another country or a terrorist organization.

How the situation plays out will largely be dictated by critical details of what occurred, which will likely only be verified over the course of many hours or days. Key questions include the following: 

Was what struck Przewodow the result of a shootdown or a direct strike? If the explosion was caused by a damaged Russian missile (or wreckage from one) after Ukrainian or NATO forces shot it down, a disagreement could ensue between Ukraine and Poland should Polish authorities allege that the Ukrainians shot down a missile over their airspace without Warsaw's authorization. Despite this potential disagreement, the situation would be unlikely to escalate further. And if Ukraine shot down the missile over its own airspace and the wreckage merely fell on Poland, this would de-escalate the situation even more.

What does NATO assess to be Moscow's intention regarding the violation of Polish airspace? NATO assessments of whether or not Russia intended for a missile to fly dangerously close to the Polish border, let alone cross it, will figure into the alliance's response. If NATO determines that the selection of the flight path crossing the Polish border was intentional, this would significantly escalate the scenario, as it would suggest that Russia is willing to violate NATO airspace to pursue its war with Ukraine. Moscow intentionally crossing NATO airspace with the missile would significantly raise the prospect of the alliance triggering Article V.

How does Moscow explain what happened? The way Moscow reacts publicly may provide some hints regarding its intentions, cognizant that Moscow's public reaction will not provide a full picture of its calculations. The only notable reaction to the incident so far is from the Russian Defense Ministry, which called claims of "Russian" missiles in Przewodow "a deliberate provocation in order to escalate the situation," claiming that "no strikes were made against targets near the Ukrainian-Polish state border by Russian weapons".

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Businesses will face a historically broad and deep set of risks in 2023, posing interconnected and existential threats across geographies and sectors.

Control Risks CEO, Nick Allan warned: “2023 will see more geopolitical and economic volatility accompanied by operational challenges in energy and digital networks. The increasingly apparent effects of a changing climate will add additional stresses and strains. Resilience, insight, and courage will be the watchwords for business in the year ahead.”

The Top Risks for business in 2023 are:

  • Defiance, decoupling and deconfliction in the US China relationship

  • War, and all that goes with it

  • Managing while adapting – surviving the energy disruption

  • The end of global networks is coming

  • Economic headwinds bring regulatory turbulence

To ensure the safety and security of the principal, security drivers and secure transportation providers should understand that all vehicles have inherent characteristics that decrease the performance of the vehicle and create a dangerous scenario for the principal. One of those characteristics is the vehicle’s static stability factor (SSF).

But what is SSF and how do you measure it?

In any given year, we can expect a dynamic global risk landscape. Risks beget new risks, crises compound on one another, and our ever-connected world prompts organizations to closely monitor global events to anticipate how their business will be impacted. The nature of global risk commands not just forward-looking insights but an introspective review of what transpired in 2022 and how it can inform future risk management decisions.

Elsewhere on the Circuit

A Russian woman whose family had links to the Kremlin was made a director of the Security Institute, which has close ties to Westminster.

Anastasia Spiridonova, 23, who speaks six languages and is described by several colleagues as ‘exceptionally charming’, is connected to the Putin regime through members of her family. Her grandfather was an MP in Putin’s United Russia party, while her mother Marina worked at the Kremlin in a department running resort hotels and presidential retreats around Russia.

Meanwhile, Ms Spiridonova’s father, Grigory Bryukhov, was once president of Intourist, the privatised successor of the giant Soviet travel agency that was notoriously riddled with KGB spies.

After spending her early years in Moscow, Ms Spiridonova moved to the UK. She was educated at £40,000-a-year Sevenoaks School in Kent and studied modern languages at Stanford University in the US.

She eventually got a job with a detective firm and then joined the Security Institute, but she eventually agreed to step down in June after less than two months.

Final Thoughts with Lindsay Whyte

1️⃣ Qualifying-out threats as important as qualifying-in: 

As an industry, close protection is (traditionally) driven by human resources. It’s just as operationally disruptive to judge a low threat as a high threat, as it is a HIGH threat as a LOW one.

2️⃣ More career development resources needed: 

A lot of new operators only get guidance from training providers. As a result, job hunting support for new CPOs out of training is minimal. These conferences should add a ‘job fair’ series.

3️⃣ Relationships are everything:

Close Protection is by definition life or death. Building genuine, trusted relationships with the community is the only (rightly so) channel to success. Caring on a human level for your associates will translate to them knowing you’ll care on a human level for their Principal/Client.

4️⃣ Be tomorrow’s CPO, not today’s:

For ex-military or young newbies, there’s a temptation that if you follow rules and check boxes, jobs will appear at the door. The reality is, on top of existing market competition, there’s preferences for emotional/childcare skillsets, digital security, estate management skills, and beyond. 

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