Executive protection services make use of security professionals such as armed private investigators or security specialists to protect the welfare and safety of an individual. Executive protection can also extend from physical protection of an individual to protection of a company’s property or assets. In some cases, professionals are assigned to provide security to foreign visitors or to help protect an individual’s family. In most states, executive protection experts require a private investigator’s license.
MCI will consult with potential clients to determine if their needs will best be served by an armed licensed private investigator or if a direct referral to a specialist is best. Certain threat situations require security experts and a person should look for a licensed professional who has the skills they need. For example, if you are looking for a security detail for travel to a high-risk area away from home, look for specialists with solid military and weapons experience. If you are looking for someone to protect you and your property and company computer systems, look for agents with computer knowledge. It’s important to find a person that you feel comfortable with.
People and companies also hire executive protection or protective surveillance services to keep their property, their families, and themselves safe. For example, a corporation, CEO, or company VIP may desire additional protection after letting an employee go. A small company without a security department may also need assistance in a “high risk termination” where a once trusted employee, vendor, or contractor can pose a threat to personnel or company assets. These services are generally requested where a threat assessment and protection may be needed beyond what local law enforcement can offer.