Ethics and Traits of the Personal Protection Specialist

Personal Protection Specialist

It is with great pride and humility that, as you read this chapter, our first volume, entitled Providing Executive Protection, originally published in 1991 is now available in the third printing. Very exciting world events with security implications have come upon the stage, completed their performance and moved on into history. The names involved and the activities engaged in are added to our memory banks and improved protective performances become more obvious. Although the names and events are different and many are variations on the protective services theme, the need for professional personal protection increases and that is a growing concern.

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I spent approximately eight and a half years as a Special Agent for the United States Secret Service. During that time, I participated in protective operations both domestically and in over 20 foreign countries and had the opportunity to assist in the protection of many living.

Regarding Executive Protection Institute and the 7-day Providing Executive Protection Program, to be candid and completely honest, my expectations were not that high, but I was willing to keep an open mind and assume the perspective of someone who had never been trained nor done this type of work.  After the first day and a half, I quickly realized that EPI had instructors with real world experience.  The staff and instructors were and are teaching much of the same tactics, techniques and procedures that I used during my time with the USSS and that I currently use at my Company.  Within that week, EPI was able to touch upon, even if in the smallest degree, almost every facet of executive protection. EPI did a good job in emphasizing the importance of thinking like the adversary, determining risk and realizing weaknesses and vulnerabilities.  I would have liked to have seen more time spent on the advance practical exercises, but I understand we all fall victim to cost and time constraints.

Overall, I was very impressed with the logistics, content and instructors involved in this course.  I have and will continue to recommend this course as a great training course for any and all interested in executive protection.

Joshua Quitaro, PPS
Nine Lives Associates Member