A personal protection unit is formed for the purpose of complementing the efforts of any government in the provision of security to its citizens. The need for private security is being recognized across the social divide. The personal protection unit cannot operate autonomously but it has to be registered by the relevant government departments as well as seek accreditation to a universal body. The fall of communism in 1989 saw the formation of private security companies in many parts of Europe and Asia (Popper, 2005, pp. 1-4).
Personal protection units are formed in the security industry to provide services in the areas of natural security, electronic security, V. I. P security and also a wide range of technological information solutions. In the security services component the services range from consultancy services, training, installations guarding, money transfer and escort, signal reception centers, events security, instant intervention, V. I. P security, electronic systems maintenance and support, alarm systems, fire safety, witness protection, I.
T and data security systems, special services and investigations (Royal Guard Security and Technology Solutions, 2006, pp. 4-11). The personal protection unit also offers a wide range of security related products such as closed television circuits, control centers, access control systems, security systems and special systems. The information technology component offers computer technical support, network and servers installations, telephone center installations, software creation, special services, and consulting services.
The personal protection unit firm may also provide information technology products such as content management system, anti-fraud and data security surveillance systems (Royal Guard Security and Technology Solutions, 2006, pp. 12-20). Security Concerns There is need to highlight pertinent security concerns in the world today. The issue of terrorism has led to concerted efforts by governments and security agents in the security industry in order to gather information as well as understand the phenomenon. Security firms have embarked on more professional training programs to counter terrorism.
The aspect that has received the most attention from security experts is the issue of suicide bombers. The experts have formulated professional training programs to enhance professionalism when approaching the security field (Popper, 2005, p. 10). The fight against narcotics and general drug abuse has also been up scaled through the collaboration between governments and firms. Various programs between the civil security organizations and governments’ law enforcement agencies have helped reduce the supply of drugs as well as create awareness through training programs targeting a reduction on the demand for the same.
The programs have increased persecution of drug-related criminal offences. The collaborations have led to development of equipment and devices related to the detection of drugs (Popper, 2005, p. 12). Security of information and data is another area that has generated concerns in the security industry. With the advancement of Information Technology, there are more advanced criminal activities relating to this issue. Security organizations and government agencies as well as a pool of Information Technology experts have joined hands in the fight against the security of information and data (Popper, 2005, p.
22). Violence and general criminal activities in the urban areas is a growing phenomenon. In many major urban areas citizens live in constant fear of attacks. The security organizations together with governments’ law enforcement agencies have collaborated in making the cities more secure through running joint programs. The issue of urban security and general security is prioritized by the governments as well as the security organizations and has been referred to as a “complex product” that has to be offered by these agencies (Popper, 2005, p. 24).
The list of security concerns is endless but this paper will only highlight a few that will be addressed by the personal protection unit. Training Protocol A protocol is basically a set of rules and standards. As with any other training program, the protection officer training has laid down protocol that has to be adhered to. The personal protection unit will endeavor to meet international standards. One measure shall be to conduct full screening of all the recruits according to I. S. 999: 2004. The relevant qualifications as well as experience needed for the various courses shall be verified (Code of Practice, 2007, p5).
The personal protection unit will be required to create a specimen application form that will factor in the course title, the course classification in case the classification is available and the department to which the course is attached (GradCorps, 2008, p. 1). The application provides give a brief overview of the requirements of the specific course as indicated shown. The key responsibilities and activities associated with the proposed internship (in event of an internship program) should be highlighted.
A brief description of the ideal academic qualifications (Degree/Diploma) attached to internship the relevant course work and technical skills as well as the desired personal attributes should be stated. As in any field of profession the career development opportunities associated with the various courses will need to be highlighted. The personal protection unit as any other enterprise that has a focus on the success of both its business and the human resource, the relationship of the job and the long term goals of the unit should be explained (GradCorps, 2008, pp. 1-3).
The unit will need to motivate the students and that can only be possible by providing a clearly understood performance evaluation criterion to be used in evaluating the students competence and the implications of the results of the evaluation needs to be explained. The unit needs also to have a clear outline of the learning and development plan that will identify both on-the-job and formal learning opportunities through (courses, seminars, conferences, etc) and level of supervisory and management support available in the work unit together with a detailed field orientation manual.
The recruits will need to complete the training plan as a mandatory course requirement (GradCorps, 2008, pp. 3-4). The course description section should provide information divided into nine basic sections. This will provide the necessary information regarding the course description. The fist section provides the identification data. This entails the student’s name, the supervisor’s title, the supervisor’s position number, the department’s name, the branch, location, and the date of completion and also state whether medical and security clearance is necessary.
The second section will focus on the general summary on the nature of the course providing an overview of the duties and functions involved to provide an overview of the mandate of the job to be performed after completion of the course (GradCorps, 2008, p. 5). It is important that the applicants understand the organization’s structure visa vie the specific post that they are recruited in. The purpose of this section is to provide the necessary guidelines on the reporting mechanisms. This will be the third section.
The fourth section gives an overview of the specific core duties and responsibilities associated with the position. Section five provides the necessary important contacts the holder of this position is likely to make in the course of their work. These are the ideal work-related relationships. Section number six will deal with problem solving. This provides examples of likely issues, problems and challenges that may be encountered in the job as well provide guidelines on the appropriate courses of action.
The course of action is guided by government policy and procedures, regulation and legislation law enforcement skills and techniques, conflict resolution skills survival skills, good judgment as well common sense (GradCorps, 2008, pp. 5-6). Section seven addresses the specific accountabilities. These are the decisions and actions that the officer is held accountable for in the line of duty. The desired outcomes of the position and the impacts of the officer’s performance on the personal protection unit’s image are highlighted in this section.
The budget falls under section eight whereby information on the annual budget for the unit under the direct control of the applicant’s position. It also provides guidelines on the relocation of resources. In the event that relocation of resources is applicable, then information on other revenues and expenditures influenced by the position are provided. The final section will relate to the working environment. This section describes both the favorable and unfavorable conditions that the officer may be exposed to in the course of their work (GradCorps, 2008, p.
7). Training Provided By the Personal Protection Unit The personal protection unit will offer training in the following areas regarding the major security concerns in the modern world. Due to the escalating violence and general insecurity in the major cities of the world the unit shall provide training in V. I. P. protection, installation guarding, money transfer and escort, events security, instant intervention systems, electronic systems maintenance and support, alarm systems technologies, fire safety, witness protection, I.
T and data security systems, and investigations (Royal Guard Security and Technology Solutions, 2006, pp. 4-11). The unit shall have a clearly defined and well documented training policy. This is highlighted in the training protocol section of this paper. Personal Protection The unit shall hire the services of well known and competent trainers in all fields. There are those courses that demand physical strength and power such as the martial arts courses. These courses shall be blended with professionalism and acquire a field-focused as well as an academic approach.
Trainers shall be drawn from leading universities and colleges that specialize in military self-defense training. The trainers shall also be drawn from reputed organizations such as the United Nations who shall assist in the development of the training curriculum as well as offer short courses and presentations regarding the design and implementation of security programs locally and internationally. This will enable the unit deliver graduates who have a broad perspective of security issues in their countries of origin as well as in the international arena (Popper, 2005, p.
7). The Personal Protection Unit shall conduct martial arts training programs as an academic discipline in collaboration with accredited academic institutions at various levels from certificate to degree levels (Popper, 2005, p. 29). The V. I. P protection training program shall address undercover operations, danger control, and specialist driving courses, and shooting (Popper, 2005, p. 2). The training shall include fields such as firearm handling and the safe use and anti-terrorist oriented courses.
These will be in close collaboration with the police in order to deliver course material that will be compliant to the law. Drills such as anti-ambush drills and combat shooting will also be in close collaboration with the police (Popper, 2005, p. 8). Upon successful completion of the training, the graduates of this program will be able to offer first class e-crime prevention and detection services, offer personal protection services for VIPs, handle armored vehicles, as well as offer undisputed personal protection for the customers (Royal Guard Security and Technology Solutions, 2006, p.
7). Rationale and Conclusion The training in security is paramount in a world where escalation of crime and the impact it has on the economy cannot be underestimated. In a country like Hungary the per capita ratio of criminality in Budapest is close to 450 to 500 criminal activities per 10,000 inhabitants of the city (Popper, 2005, p. 24). Criminal acts such as money-laundering are known to finance terrorism and organized crime police (Popper, 2005, p. 20).
The personal protection unit shall be able to produce security personnel who will add value to the efforts of the governments in dealing with these malpractices. The unit shall be able to generate a data base that will be used to disseminate vital information to the law enforcement agencies especially in the field of Information Technology related security (Popper, 2005, p. 22). The memories of September 11,2001 are still fresh in the minds of the citizens of the world.
The citizens have a right to expect their government to provide them with security but the reality is that any Government cannot accomplish this task on its own. For there to be the rule of law, security organizations such as the personal protection unit have to work in close ties with the law enforcement agencies (Popper, 2005, p. 24). References Code of Practice. (2007). Security Consultancy. Retrieved March 9, 2009, from http://www. isia. ie/isia/Files/ISIA_CONSULTANTS_CODE. pdf GradCorps. (2008 ).
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