A FEW PIECES OF ETHICAL & PROFESSIONAL ADVICE FOR BODYGUARDS ACTING IN EXECUTIVE PROTECTION
By Catalin Tanase
There are many who will think that the flowing set of advice is fiction, and its author an idealist.
It will be better understood by those who will identify in it some of their career’s failures. I wish that all should move on, overcoming difficult situations I refer to. There are situations faced by most people working in the area and they appear when you fail to understand what it is happening to you or what you did wrong in what became your former engagement!
#. Assess your motivations and depending on them establish the limitations of your rules “of the game”. They can be the only moral support which will help you make decisions in difficult situations, when and employer asks to “bet” on a card posing high ethical or professional risk. Make sure to include all those precepts as per the legal limitations.
#. Never show conviction that you have seen all and that you are “professionally accomplished” and never leave this impression when negotiating a contract. Show self-assuredness and be sure of what you know, bit leave room for new challenges and the fact that you are flexible and willing to adapt to them.
# True projection is based on risk analyses and careful preparation of the mission! It is the process by means of which a specialist may turn an easy, predictable target and not considering its vulnerabilities into a difficult, unreachable, unpredictable target minimising its exposure!
# Irrespective of the importance of the contract, or your well-being, or your discontent don’t allow yourself to sacrifice the requirements of your profession!
# Be aware that working on your own, most of the time you won’t be to do more than “witnessing” what happens, and you won’t be able to prevent or prepare the mission. Communicate this to your Client from the beginning!
# In this profession it is preferable to spend less hours in the shooting range and to allow more time for first aid training and for practicing special driving techniques. If a Client gets hurt far away from a hospital, first aid knowledge can be critical. And as many attacks occur against the car you are using to travel, the U turns manoeuvre, the techniques to remove another vehicle from the lane or other special driving techniques can make the difference between being caught into a trap or getting away safely from an ambush.
Many times, when the situation turns into a violent one, a pepper spray or a few martial arts techniques may be all you need to get out of trouble when you are in crowded space!
# The most important quality a protection specialist must have is not related to training or physical qualities but to his socializing and communication skills! He must always earn the trust of the person he is protecting! In other words:
“When I tell you, the one that I am protection to turn left, whereas everyone else is telling you to turn right, I need you to trust me!”.
# Assure the highest level of protection to your client, his goods, business and property against common offenses, organized crime and terrorism.
# Abide by the national and international laws regulating the rights and obligations of your profession.
# Follow and abide by the conduct rules imposed by the working environment your client and his partners belong to.
# Maintain the highest moral ethics level throughout your collaboration and after its termination, based on accountability, confidentiality, integrity and mutual trust!
# Conduct and professional secrecy must be abided by under the conditions mutually discussed and agreed, without being altered by any external, material or other type of benefit, which would compromise the cooperation, principles and the reputation of both parties.
# Your performance and reputation must be equal to the sum of all ethical principles of your collaborators that help you at a certain moment in your activity.