You see bodyguards around celebrities, politicians and other people who are in a place of power or are ahead of something. For example, the Pope, Prime Minister, President of the United States. While having a bodyguard they can protect whoever they are in charge of any threat to their life or any physical violence that could cause them harm. But how exactly do you get a job to become a bodyguard? In this blog post, here is how you can become one.
What is a Bodyguard?
Bodyguards, also known as Close Protection Officers, are employed to protect their clients from physical attacks. This covers from kidnappings to any other form of harassment or dangerous scenarios.
Who has bodyguards?
Although often thought of as being employed solely by celebrities, they’re now in demand for clients in a wide range of different sectors. From finance professionals, lawyers, government ministers, journalists and even eyewitnesses. All of these sectors could be considered to have enough threat or intended harm done to them for them to hire a bodyguard.
For bodyguards, safety is the first thing that is on their minds. Their typical duties are:
- Checking areas for potential threats before arrival
- Securing destinations, and clearing exits
- Shadowing clients during their day-to-day activities
- Providing 24-hour surveillance and protection
- Planning out the safest routes before traveling
- Researching potential threats to minimise the risk
How do I become a Bodyguard?
To become a bodyguard you would need to have passed the approved training and be granted a close protection license by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). This will allow you to become a fully license bodyguard in the UK. Background checks will also be conducted by potential employers before you’re able to start work.
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