Major Lucien OTT



1. For high-risk VIPs, one or more Bodyguards are essential. Self-discipline and personal training will give the VIP at risk some protection. They are insufficient against a serious and continuous threat. Then the VIP needs professional bodyguards.

2. The role of a Bodyguard is very demanding. The work is often tedious, routine and the results apparently negative. Yet, however good the procedure, sooner or later, something will happen. The Bodyguard must react instantly, fearlessly, correctly and effectively.

3. The Bodyguard’s task is to prevent, rather than deter an attack occuring, but if it does occur:

Divert, by being an extra target for the attacker to have to deal with
Protect, by shielding the client
Rescue, by removing client from the point of crisis
Neutralise, the attacker by combat: but only if this preserves the life of the client
Render, paramedical assistance if required, till more qualified assistance arrives
Liaise, with law enforcement agencies to provide post-action debrief & information

4. The key Bodyguard qualities are an even mix of observation and alertness. Neither are simple to maintain for extended periods of time. A Bodyguard should notice everything and assess the possible implications; nothing is accepted on face value.

5. The Bodyguard must develop the highest personal procedures and maintain them. The Bodyguard’s judgement must be based on correct advance planning, preparation and preventative measures.

6. The Bodyguard must be discreet, honest, presentable, compatible and unobtrusive, a grey shadow who does not attract attention.

7. The Bodyguard must be quick to assess, to decide, to react and physically capable of undertaking the tasks of the bodyguard.

8. The Bodyguard must be proficient in Basic Bodyguard Skills:

Protective Escort
Protective Driving
Communications & Electronic-Counter-Surveillance
Improvised-Explosive-Devices search
Bodyguard Paramedicine

9. A Bodyguard must understand the role of technology and its basic principles as they apply to the work of the bodyguard.

10. To the Bodyguard, security should be second-nature, guarding against loose speech, securing all documents and records and able to work on the need-to-know principle within a team.

11. Above all a Bodyguard must be flexible. Ideal protection can seldom be achieved. The art is to effect the best that can be achieved with existing resources.

12. A good Bodyguard is unlikely without good bodyguard training, formally arranged, professionally executed and regularly updated with on-the-job experience.