Across Australia and around the world, executive management personnel are increasingly exposed to direct physical threats.

Volatile markets and growing economic uncertainty has brought about changes to organisational structures, budgets, and the way we do business. To complicate matters, much of this now unfolds under an intense social media microscope.

Emerging threats such as disgruntled employees, activist groups and disagreements in industrial relations negotiations are all valid reasons for executives to adopt a proactive approach to personnel protection.

Most people have an idea of what executive protection is without fully understanding the type or intensity of the work involved. A member of a protective service detail is a lot more than a body guard with a suit and an earpiece.

Patience, planning, and a high degree of professionalism are required to ensure that the principal (client) can be assured of his or her personal safety and well-being.

This work requires:

  • Transparent liaison with the client enabling them to conduct normal business
  • Intelligence led risk mitigation
  • Detailed preparation and contingency planning
  • Competent, compliant and assured operatives

Case study
Dynamiq received a short notice request for executive protection for a blue chip critical infrastructure client based in Australia. Dynamiq mobilised two details (close protection operators) in two capital cities within six hours. Principals were briefed on operational requirements and the task commenced immediately. The duration of the task was six weeks. Outlined below was a typical day for the close protection operators on this job.*

6am: Around the clock residential protection. Handover conducted, close protection operator in place. Close protection operator escorts client to airport for interstate meeting.

9am: Link-up with supporting interstate close protection team. Escort of principal client to meeting location in city.

10am: Prior reconnaissance of meeting venue to verify all security requirements in place. Alternate entry path identified due to a large public gathering. Ongoing surveillance is conducted by multiple operators. Continual communications with national operations centre.

12pm: Vehicle pick up. Close escort of client for off-site charity lunch.

2pm: Next meeting, new location. Another reconnaissance task, venue clearance, escort and support role commences.

4pm: Escort to airport and return flight. Alternate return route to residence utilised.

6pm: Operator handover at private residence. Review of next day’s activities, schedule confirmed. Surveillance continues: Client safe and secure.

As outlined above, close personal protection duties require a strategic, collaborative approach with the client and other stakeholders. To be effective, it should be proactive rather than reactive (i.e. planning and forward thinking as opposed to a security guard). For more information on this subject contact Dynamiq on ops@dynamiqglobal.com.

*Due to a non-disclosure agreement the full details of this job have been withheld.

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