A close protection operative is a security operative whose primary goal is to protect their client, usually in a public environment. These clients could be public figures that are wealthy or political figures. A close protection job in Afghanistan might entail protecting your client from assault, theft, kidnapping, harassment or maybe even the loss of life.
Afghanistan as a country has been going through war in the past 10 years. The presence of armed militia’s and rebels has been a hinderance to the country and most of these are from surrounding countries. Access to weapons is an easy thing in Afghanistan and thus most ‘fighting age’ males carry AK47’s or a very similar weapon. Most Afghan’s carry these for protection but some insurgents obviously carry them for other reasons.
As a result they need to have close protection officers to keep watch and guard over them or their family when staying in the country.
Safety is a big issue not just to them but to all people in the world. So the question of why become a close protection officer arises especially in a high risk area as that. The demand is high, mostly because there are far less people who are willing to put themselves in harms way.
Process for becoming a Close Protection Officer
Becoming a close protection officer is not a walk in the park. A client will only want the best security personnel around them. So, one has to go through a rigorous training exercises. Does this mean one has to have some military back ground to become a close protection officer? To some extent yes and to some extent, no. Being a former military officer or a law enforcement officer is only advantageous to giving you a better resume than a person who is just an ordinary civilian. Any person provided that they do not have a criminal record that can disqualify you can become a close protection operative.
The training will include some of the following things: communication skills, hand to hand combat, disarming of the armed assailants, first aid, negotiation, precision driving skills when under some kind of siege. Though the following will not be taught at once but rather in stages whereby you have to complete one level of competence successfully for you to proceed to the next stage.
For those wishing to carry fire arms one will have to undergo training and then request for a permit to carry a fire arm which can be used only when the need arises rather than to scare off people.
When you become a CPO you can now specialise in various fields which include:
Driving: most CPO must have a driving license and some extra driving skills to be able to get your principal out of sticky situations.
Daily task: this is where you assist the client to perform most of his activities and run errands.
Planning and assigning duties: when you are working in a team of CPO’s you can meet with team leaders and review all the activities of the day and set the plans and the responsibility of each CPO to make sure that the client will not be in harms way.
If you possess a university or college degree in something relevant to the personal protection job you can use it to secure a better job in with your clients as well as well paying assignments.