Dec 042009
 

On December 2, 2009 Julia Corker, the 22-year-old daughter of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker,  walked away  after being carjacked Wednesday night by a man asking for directions.  Julia corker was in D.C traveling to her family’s apartment when someone approached her while she was driving and asked for directions.  When Julia stopped to offer assistance, an unknown male subject jumped into the passenger seat.  Julia was forced out of her vehicle and onto the ground.  The two suspects drove away in Julia’s vehicle.  Julia thankfully was not hurt.

I believe this whole tragedy could have been avoided if U.S Senator Corker would have hired an Executive Protection firm to guide and protect his family.  First off, hiring an Executive Protection firm comes with more than just close-in physical protection (Bodyguard).  A properly trained EP firm and its associates should teach several security related items such as what criminals look for in their victims.  For instance, common rouses to guard against and also having or acquiring the proper mindset should be addressed.  Besides dealing with a general criminal element that affects all walks of life, being the daughter of a U.S Senator makes Julia a higher exposed target for not just criminals, but terrorists and political detractors.  (The proper mindset is called the Color Code of Mental Awareness and this topic will be addressed in a later blog).  Depending on the high level of exposure that U.S Senator Corker currently has, he might want to entertain the idea of placing a small security detail with each member of his family.  If Julia would have had an armed driver escort at the very least, none of this would have happened.  The unwanted press and embarrassment that is associated with this headline would also have been avoided. 

If you have any questions about Bodyguards, Executive Protection, or Security Consulting, or training for you, your superiors, your company, or someone you know, feel free to call or email Gideon Protective Services for a free, confidential consultation.  See what Gideon can do for you.  Check us out at http://www.executive-protection-services.com or our blog at http://www.executive-protection-services.net.

Dec 032009
 

In the news of late is story after story about the “White House Party Crashers”.  If you missed it two “wannabee” celebrities pulled a fast one on the Secret Service and were admitted to a private White House dinner function.  This was a high level security breach of the President of the United States.  Even though nothing of any consequence happened, all of us in the security field are reminded that you always have to bring your “A” game.  Mistakes can happen, but at the same time mistakes cannot happen. 

This is why you hire Executive Protection Professionals.  In this particular case it was the U.S Secret Service that let in the two “pretenders” when they were not on an approved list.  I cannot arm chair quarter back why it happened.  I am sure there is incredible stress put on the agents about getting people into the secured area quickly and efficiently, as not to prolong the process or cause embarrassment to anyone.  Unfortunately, this mishap was embarrassing for the USSS and the White House staff.  As an Executive Protection Professional you must at all times follow policy and procedures to ensure all safety concerns are addressed and there are no shortcuts taken, even if it means standing up to your boss in the name of their safety and taking a few extra moments to ensure all safety protocols are followed. 

The job of an Executive Protection Professional is not only to protect their client from harm and ensure they get from point A to point B with no interruptions (incident avoidance), the Executive Protection Professional is also charged with protecting their client from embarrassing mishaps, much like the White House snafu.  This is a call and reminder to all in the industry to be ever vigilant in their duties in respect to their client.  Being the USSS sets the standard in Executive Protection, I believe this mishap is short lived and will never happen again.

If you have any questions about Bodyguards, Executive Protection, or Security Consulting, or training for you, your boss, your company, or someone you know, feel free to call or email Gideon Protective Services for a free, confidential consultation.  See what Gideon can do for you.  Check us out at http://www.executive-protection-services.com or our blog at http://www.executive-protection-services.net.