XII congress of IBSSA
Speech of the President of National Bodyguard Association (NAST)
“Executive Protection Global Standard” – ideas & reality.
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On behalf of NAST Russia let me express deep respect and congratulations to hosts, organizers and guests of this significant professional world of the executive protection and security service event. It is symbolic, that IBSSA and NAST, two professional families were established at the same time and on the same professional principles; today we have a unique possibility to discuss no more, no less than the future of the global executive protection market.
Nowadays the professional world follows global realities and tendencies; otherwise it is not a professional world. There are a lot of people in the world, who understand that, and set their efforts not only to follow the world market developing, but also to be on the top of that. Commonwealth calls them leaders. Leadership based on creativity and professionalism. Ideas are a mental fuel for the future especially in the security world where we are in charge for other persons comfort, health and life.
To make a long story short, I would like to present to your attention a subject of mutual interests – “Executive Protection Global Standard” – the idea, and the ways of its implementation. Few years ago this idea had been discussed with Dr. Konstantin Buzatu in Moscow and later in Chishinau, in frames of the international Executive Protection test event, where the Romanian team took part and showed impressive results. This project started in Russia ten years ago and had been approved by practice. In February 2008 certain steps were discussed in detail with retired US Secret Service personnel in Moscow at XIII international forum «Security and Safety technologies». After a great deal of deliberation complete understanding was achieved, and idea was turned into real actions. Basic principles and forms are already coordinated and done.
During these discussions at the Feb. 2008 XIII International Forum Dima and I concluded that conformity in the area of personal security is essential. Due to both of our qualifications of work within the top protective security agencies in the world we want to underline the importance of developing a "Global Standard" among our fellow security colleagues. Our experiences bring some of the foremost expertise in protection of some of the most powerful people in the world to include numerous world leaders and high profile individuals. Each of our former agencies provided not only the best protection available, but was able to do so consistently from one continent to another without much deviation from standard protocols. In order to achieve a standard on par with the agencies we were associated with it becomes essential that global development and universality of a specific level be implement to begin this task of cooperation among us professionals. If we are to reach a level of professionalism that lends itself to trust and understanding of our peers we must first start with consistence and uniformity among our training and hiring standards. – Chadwick Shepherd, USSS (Ret.)
Executive Protection Standard is based on initial recruitment for bodyguards and executive protection staff. In most products and service markets there are quality and corporative activity standards written and generally accepted. Staff must be qualified, service must be certified. In executive protection world those things are crucial. We need to work with reliable people to be sure they are trained to react properly in ultimate situations and initial understanding of their place and role is completely adequate to reality.
All of us know how the world security market is working. Ideas drive the market, advertising just promote effective ideas. So there comes a time to insert a brand new idea into existed professional relations.
Everybody can declare his or her own or company advantages and professionalism. But to say is not to have. If one has approved certificate of knowledge organisation we have a possibility to understand what level of integrity this person or company declare. Thus works for example, Quality Management system standard ISO – 9001. If we trust standard holder organisation, we have a reason to trust certificate holder.
Executive Protection standard involves quality of individual professional skills. For example NAST Academy training system based on fifteen professional skills. Basic list of those skills for global standard could be described like six of them:
· Planning and preparation skills
· Actual work routine
· Close Quarter Battle
· Security driving
Every item in this list is composite, and units accordingly the set of well known basic practices. Each practice requires perfection in implementation.
To match above mentioned skills on the market, proper person must confirm his or her own ability to be paid for the potential job. This process in Russia we called qualification, and practically, in the professional society it is certification. To match first two items candidate must pass theoretical tests. To pass the rest of skills one must do practical drills and exercises.
In general, all descriptions and elements of tests, examinations and practical exercises are in existence. Also the test process routine itself is determined.
EPGS market strategy.
It is very easy to set any standard, but main problem is to maintain it, to satisfy all interests were laid between the lines in the very beginning. To make it work there must be real and reliable network with sufficient professional and advertising resources. First step is to get an agreement between standard founders or holders with standard settings and qualification test routine and requirements. Second step is standard idea and advantage promotion as wide as possible. Primary target auditorium is the clients; already have personal security for full time and the others, who potentially need them for the part time job. Secondary target auditorium is security companies and bodyguards themselves.
Main slogan for this process is - «The best use the best». Who will stay apart of it – will stay in the past and practically have no chances for the future development. Idea, multiplied by energy and proper calculation, will give result accordingly to internal potential of the Standard holders and supporters. In professional team everybody is doing his own part of task, and must do it as effective as possible. Otherwise it is simply declaration of amateurs.
Let me express my own feeling about perspectives. If the IBSS and NAST families unite their potential and possibilities, this idea will work perfectly worldwide.
Additional material- NAST Russia Test event limited description
EPGS professional test event
Aims & Tasks
1.1. The purpose of carrying out of the EPGS test event is professional examination of domestic, regional; international both private and state close protection groups and individuals. EPGS test event steps as basic process of becoming of the professional approach to maintenance of personal safety in the world. Definition of the best teams and experts for representation of top essential school of bodyguards in the professional international market. Reception of actual results for perfection of programs, techniques and forms of trainings of bodyguards, for use in educational processes of Academy the EPGS.
1.2 Creation of a basis of a professional international network of close protection specialists, experts, advisors and managers.
1.3. A practical exchange of experience between close protection experts and specialists and achievement of objective estimations of professional skills as team-participants, and separate individuals by results of competitions for strengthening international cooperation of the EPGS branches establishing and development of the professional code of moral and ethic.
1.4. Development of professional standards for qualifying process in the international market for multipurpose. Development of regional networks the EPGS branches. Preparation, training and qualifying of experts and instructors (the judges of competitions) of the EPGS Academy for work in theoretical and training areas of process of maintenance of any person personal safety worldwide.
1.5 Creation of a basis of a professional international network of bodyguards and executive protection personnel under EPGS «Delta» network brand name.
1.6 Fastening and development of positive image of professional culture of bodyguards in worldwide mass-media.
1.7 Promotion EPGS test event in the market of services on training and qualifying of employees of bodyguard as truly professional structure using the newest techniques, the given and profile world achievements, and also modern material base in dense cooperation with leaders of technological innovations in the field of a safety.
1.7 Statement the EPGS brand as dominator of the ultimate modern professional close protection approach worldwide.
1.8 Maintenance and development of the EPGS international close protection shooting standard «ТОР 9» as examination tool.
1.9 Maintenance of the EPGS standard of extreme medicine for the bodyguards rendering the first medical aid «3x5x3» as examination tool.
1.10 Maintenance and perfection of the EPGS IED/ESD search sweep standard «20» as examination tool.
1.11 Maintenance of the EPGS on protective driving «500 X 9» as examination tool
1.12 Developing EPGS CQB standards.
Test event stages.
Executive Protection Group of 4 +1(team manager - for managing and substitution abilities) run through 6 skills stages. This is so called "classic" scheme.
First stage. Pre - determined route (exit - embussing - driving - de bussing - enter) three-four kind of attack imitation - armed, bomb, VIP “tricks”, broken or attacked car, etc. EP Group must act as they are on duties.
Referees - team managers (but not a team manager of action team). They have 10 points system. All mistakes are discussed in advance and every mistake has its own value.
Rules are similar to figure skating. Top and bottom points are eliminated and the sum of rest is divided to the whole quantity. "Georgian rule".
Close Quarter Battle stage
Team has to demonstrate their ability (by individual and also in group escort) to combat armed and unarmed combat.
There are four attempts. Every team member demonstrates his skills, and then two from team do the same.
Attackers are from the same team to avoid traumas. Tasks are given by referees. Teams do not know what kind of attack will occur. Initial distance is 3-5 meters.
We have developed with our experts a specific system for the protection of a client based on a well known martial art
IED/ESD search/sweep stage
Car and room. Time limit is 20 minutes.
EP Group must not only to find bombs, bugs and suspicious things, but also give a conclusion if the object is "clear" for VIP.
Driving route from 500 to 700 meters. 1/3 of the distance driver has to move backward. 9 -11 test points – special conditions (turns, winding road, tight parking place, precise stop point, etc).
Trauma management – casualty transportation no less than 400 meters – ABC (dummy test). In control list there are no less than 40 mistakes. Every mistake cost seconds.
Last stage. Two exercises. International bodyguard shooting standard "TOP 9" and "Duel" exercise.
Every event maximum points are 600.
All results are fixed “black on white” in protocols that give
The winner team is the one, which get more POINTS not PLACES. It is very important in such a kind of tests. They have a chance till the end of event to get a best result.
We avoid naming this event COMPETITION - we are not sportsmen!