Bodyguard Duties

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Bodyguards protect their clients at all costs. The dangerous job has caught the attention of many people in the world. There have been movies made about bodyguards, from Kevin Costner's "The Bodyguard" to Clint Eastwood's "In the Line of Fire." Bodyguards typically receive specialized training for the job, which includes many duties.

Threat Assessment

  • Bodyguards must assess any threat to their client. This is perhaps the most important part of their job. It helps them avoid situations that could place them and their client in harm's way. Bodyguards must prepare for their client's outings by assessing any potential dangers. This includes blind spots where snipers could hide. They must analyze the route they are taking and find any areas that create a potentially dangerous or vulnerable situation. Dangerous and vulnerable situations include narrows alleys that are difficult to escape from as well as dead zones from cell phones or walkie-talkies. Bodyguards must prepare the travel routes after they have analyzed it for risk.

Escort

  • A bodyguard must escort his client. This is more complex than it sounds. A bodyguard must continually scan the area for any potential dangers. He must stay in constant contact with all of his teammates. He must report any threat to his teammates immediately and must be able to assess threats himself. He must watch the crowd and traffic to find any suspicious activity. Bodyguards must also be able to drive their client to and from any area. They must be expert drivers. Expert driving skills help bodyguards avoid potentially dangerous situations and to leave any area where problems have already begun. Bodyguards must constantly accompany their client when in public.

Protection

  • A bodyguard's main duty is to insure that his client never falls into any danger. In situations where danger does arise, a bodyguard must protect his client under any circumstance. The often-seen cliché of a bodyguard jumping into the line of gunfire is only one, seldom-used, way a bodyguard can protect his client. Bodyguards should be strong enough to physically take down the assailant if necessary. Knowing a martial art is helpful, but not vital. He will hold any assailant down until the police arrive. However, this isn't always possible as many assailants will be armed. A bodyguard should take any means necessary to insure that he and his client are safe. He should only jump in the line of danger if no other protection method is possible.

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