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The Importance of Behavioural Profiling in Close Personal Protection

As a security consultant, I have observed the critical role that behavioural profiling plays in close personal protection. Behavioural profiling is the process of identifying, assessing, and managing potential security risks by analysing a person's behaviour, attitudes, and actions. It is an essential tool in close personal protection, helping to identify potential threats before they materialise, and allowing us to take appropriate measures to prevent harm to our clients.

One of my favourite authors, Gavin De Becker, stated, "The best way to predict future behaviour is to look at past behaviour." This is an important principle in behavioural profiling. By analysing a person's past behaviour, we can identify patterns and indicators that may suggest future threats. For example, if an individual has a history of violence or has made threats in the past, this may indicate that they pose a potential risk. Similarly, if an individual has a history of stalking or harassment, this may suggest that they could be a danger to clients or the public.

It is also important to emphasize the importance of situational awareness in behavioural profiling. Being attuned to the environment and the people around your client(s) and identifying any potential threats For example, if a client is attending a high-profile event, security personnel should be vigilant for any signs of suspicious behaviour or individuals who may be attempting to gain access to the client.

Another critical aspect of behavioural profiling is the ability to assess potential threats and evaluate the level of risk they pose. This is a learnt skill that takes time and experience, assessing the credibility of threats. Including considering factors such as the source of the threat, the nature of the threat, and the likelihood that it will be carried out. By evaluating these factors, security personnel can determine the level of risk and take appropriate measures to mitigate it.

Introducing proactive measures in behavioural profiling is also important. Taking steps to prevent potential threats from materializing, rather than simply reacting to them when they occur. For example, if an individual has a history of violence, security personnel may recommend that they be excluded from events attended by the client to minimize the risk of an incident occurring.

The most important factor in every situation is communication and collaboration in behavioural profiling. This means working closely with other security personnel, as well at times with law enforcement and other stakeholders. Sharing information and coordinating efforts to validate a threat. By pooling resources and expertise, security personnel develop a more comprehensive understanding of potential threats and develop more effective strategies to mitigate them.

Another important learned skill is flexibility in behavioural profiling. Being prepared to adapt strategies and tactics based on the specific circumstances of each situation. For example, if an individual is exhibiting suspicious behaviour, security personnel may need to modify their approach to avoid escalating the situation and increasing the risk of harm.

As a trainer in the security industry, I must also highlight the importance of training and education in behavioural profiling. Providing security personnel with the knowledge and skills they need to identify potential threats and evaluate the level of risk they pose. By investing in training and education, organizations can ensure that their security personnel are equipped to handle a wide range of potential threats.

Knowing what to do is pointless if the staff refuses to do it. Implementing KPIs and workplace feedback assessments creates ongoing evaluation processes and provides the ability to review behavioural profiling. Regularly assessing the effectiveness of security measures and adjusting as needed. By continually monitoring and evaluating security protocols, organisations can stay ahead of potential threats and adapt to changing circumstances.

It requires a multi-disciplinary approach to behavioural profiling. Drawing on expertise from a range of different fields, including but not limited to law enforcement, psychology, and security, to develop a comprehensive understanding of potential threats. By combining insights from different disciplines, security personnel can develop more effective strategies for identifying and managing potential risks.

Security Personnel are required to be proactive. Taking steps to prevent potential threats from arising in the first place, rather than simply reacting to them when they occur. By adopting a proactive approach to security, organizations can minimize the risk of harm to their clients and create a safer environment overall.

Behavioural profiling is an essential tool for close personal protection. By analysing a person's behaviour, attitudes, and actions, security personnel can identify potential threats before they materialise and take appropriate measures to prevent harm to the client/s. By investing in the necessary training and resources, organisations can create a safer and more secure environment for their clients and contracts. From the author.

The opinions and statements are those of Sam Wilks and do not necessarily represent whom Sam Consults or contracts to. Sam Wilks is a skilled and experienced Security Consultant with almost 3 decades of expertise in the fields of Real estate, Security, and the hospitality/gaming industry. His knowledge and practical experience have made him a valuable asset to many organizations looking to enhance their security measures and provide a safe and secure environment for their clients and staff.

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