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What does a Bodyguard do?

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Answered August 30 2021
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Bodyguards work for specialized security agencies that assign them to guard certain clients or clients who require additional protection. Many security agencies hire applicants with extensive military or Law Enforcement backgrounds and experience, provided they are correctly licensed. Aspirants with this type of previous knowledge usually have the proper training foundations, aptitudes, and skills to take on the job. 

Depending on the client's profile, a Bodyguard may have to take on dangerous and life-threatening situations. When working with heads of state, Bodyguards need to be fully committed to their job to the point where they might have to put their own life on the line to protect the person they're working for.

A Bodyguard will typically review their client's agenda and plot out driving routes to get from point A to point B. They may also work with owners of restaurants and shopping centers to have their clients come in from a back or side entrance in the interest of safety. They also need to listen to their client and discuss any potential stalking or cyberbullying concerns. 

Roles and responsibilities of a Bodyguard
  • Plan daily activities and security measures for the client(s).
  • Assign tasks to each member of the team, if applicable. 
  • Review the client's daily agenda.
  • Prepare security measures and contingency plans.
  • Prevent unidentified individuals from approaching their employer.
  • Escort their client out of a potentially dangerous area.
  • Drive employers to whatever destination they may need to visit.
  • Stay alert for possible attacks.
  • Pre-check areas where their client will be.
  • Inspect vehicles for possible explosives.
  • Monitor for possible snipers.
  • Detect possible bugging in electronic devices.
  • Run background checks on people that will interact with the client.
  • Take defensively armed or unarmed actions.
  • Monitor the environment where the client is located.
  • Stay in contact with the entire Bodyguard team.
  • Report any suspicious activity.
  • Report the movements and whereabouts of the client.