The main responsibility of a bodyguard is to protect his client. The role of a bodyguard is to keep his client out of harm’s way, even if it means putting his body and life on the line. Bodyguards, or private security, can work for anyone at any time, including politicians, celebrities, or they can be hired to protect a local business. Usually, in the case of a public figure, several bodyguards are hired. The President of the United States will usually have visible bodyguards and additional bodyguards who blend in with the crowd in case someone tries to do something to harm them.
Many times, a bodyguard can play the role of the driver and is there to make sure their client gets to where they need to be. Bodyguards are often assigned by reputable agencies. It is best to look for an agency that is experienced and hires competent, experienced, and disciplined bodyguards. The only common mistake people make when looking for a bodyguard is looking for someone muscular and very tall. While that’s a good criterion to look for, it’s also important to find someone with a military or law enforcement background so you know they can defend themselves and you in the event of an altercation.
The role of bodyguard is not easy. Security service companies must ensure that their bodyguards are alert and know what is going on around them at all times. In addition to looking after their client, they must check suspicious facilities, doors, balconies, and vehicles. For a bodyguard, his function is to deter and dissolve a situation before it happens. The last thing a bodyguard wants is to have to be physically involved with someone because once that happens, their client is not 100 percent protected.
Bodyguards hired by celebrities are often referred to as VIP protection bodyguards. The term is also used for bodyguards who work at special events, large parties, or nightclubs. In the case of celebrities, a bodyguard can end up becoming a personal friend because they are there 24 hours a day and many times they are asked to live at the celebrity residence to provide protection 7 days a week. In other cases, the bodyguard may be hired to show up when the celebrity is leaving their home and is anticipating a crowd at an event they will be attending.
There is one thing to remember if you ever need a bodyguard. Shop around and don’t settle for the first agency you contact unless you’ve received a strong recommendation. Find out what the credentials are for each agency and find out what the skill set and background of each bodyguard is. Obviously, you don’t want a bodyguard with a criminal record. You also don’t want to look for a bodyguard with only a couple of years of experience. If the bodyguard you are hiring has a history of altercations, take that as a red flag. The best bodyguards are the ones who will know what to do when a situation arises and they are the best at defusing a situation before it escalates and can prevent something from happening just by their physical presence.