Security Guard & his responsibilities

Bodyguard and his Responsibilities

(From Imtiaz Ahmad Malik, CEO Reichert Security)

 A bodyguard (or close protection officer/operative) as per Wikipedia definition is a type of security guard, government law enforcement officer, or servicemember who protects a person or a group of people — usually high-ranking public officials or officers, wealthy people, and celebrities — from danger: generally theftassaultkidnappingassassinationharassment, loss of confidential information, threats, or other criminal offenses. The personnel team that protects a VIP is often referred to as the VIP’s security detail.

In layman language, Bodyguards are the security operatives with superior experience and acumen having direct interaction with the principal. Bodyguards have specialized training. They are often a part of the security team or they perform independently. Bodyguards generally know the activity schedule of the principal and plan their moves and perform responsibilities accordingly. Bodyguards keep the information confidential.

Numerous people hire bodyguards for the reason that they are in the public eye and there could be several associated risks. For example, celebrities face risk from overzealous fans and from the people who do not like their work as a belief. Similarly, some people always want to take advantage of a VIP, s wealth. Few hire bodyguards who are rich, famous, famed, and celebrated, hence feeling threatened.

Revelries and jealousy could be another reason to feel at risk. There could be many reasons creating a real demand to have professional bodyguards for safety and security.

Prime Responsibility of a Bodyguard

A bodyguard must be a skilled person to prevent and mitigate threats. A bodyguard must be able to stand in front of danger. A bodyguard should assess the imminent threats, security issues and devise a strategy to tackle the same. The work of a bodyguard is extensively challenging and sensitive.

Other skills

 Correct assessment of the situation

  • Reading the imminent
  • Excellent judgment
  • Common sense
  • Must know teamwork and should be able to perform
  • Stout and healthy
  • Must have good training
  • Weapon handling
  • Preferably should have the driving
  • Calculative decision-making ability
  • Physical health 
  • Trustworthy
  • Communication skills must be good
  • Good height and must look like a
  • Truthful

Bodyguards that protect high-risk principals may wear safety Jackets or body armor. The bodyguard may also have other ballistic shields, such as Kevlar-reinforced bags/jackets. Principal if does not have grave threats, a bodyguard can wear normal but smart uniform comfortable enough to perform his duties without any trouble.


A bodyguard can be armed, without armed depending upon law of the land and the prevailing threats.

Difference between Bodyguard and the Bouncer

“As per Wikipedia, A bouncer (also known as a doorman or door supervisor)[1] is a type of security guard, employed at venues such as barsnightclubscabaret clubsstrip clubscasinoshotelsbilliard hallsrestaurantssporting events, or concerts. A bouncer’s duties are to provide security, to check legal age and drinking age, to refuse entry for intoxicated persons, and to deal with aggressive behavior or non-compliance with statutory or establishment rules”

Just to understand the difference between both “A bouncer is a security doorman who refuses entry to an individual or makes them leave an event if they are deemed to be too intoxicated or causing trouble. Bodyguards are employed to protect individuals from assassination attempts, kidnapping, or other attempts on their physical well-being”.

” The bodyguard is tasked with protecting one certain individual or a small group from physical harm. Unlike bouncers, they’re likely to be armed, where permitted by law”.

Deniss E. Bolužs

Difference between Security Guard and the Bodyguard

The difference between both is a bodyguard is responsible for one or more individuals whereas a security guard is responsible for one or more premises.

Who may require a bodyguard?
  • Celebrities
  • Government officials
  • Wealthy individuals
  • Individuals who have been threatened in some way
  • Event Companies for the events like High Marriages
  • People who are celebrating events at home (for temporary reasons).
  • Anybody renowned
  • The one who faces some risks due to any reasons
  • Travelers
  • Persons who need protection due to any reasons
Responsibilities / Duties

The major role of a bodyguard depends on several factors.

  • Protection role is given by the security company or the security
  • Can be assigned the responsibility of close
  • Escort guarding role
  • IED detection if the area is sensitive
  • Surveillance and checking and monitoring not to be under surveillance.
  • Direct interacting with the principal
  • Assessing potential threats
  • Neutralizing any snatching, kidnapping, or harassment attempts to the
  • Crowd control

How Bodyguard Squad Works – Concepts and Procedures

We will not discuss here the hiring procedures but purely will deliberate on concepts and work modalities. The concept is to know the threats and associated risks to the principal. Bodyguard gets the planned schedule of all activities well before time. A team leader or in an individual capacity makes the plan for the safety and security of his principal or the group. Arranges transportation, assesses the route clearance, destination hazards, security arrangements, location of safe havens, etc.

He plans his activities keeping in view the principal activities like if the principal is traveling, he would see whether Principal is traveling through Railway or public transport or moving by plane, where he has to attend the meetings, etc. He will ensure that his coordination in relation to safety and security is complete. He keeps all confidential.

When the principal exposes himself to a range of risks mingling up in public or participates in rallies and addresses a large audience, the team leader of the bodyguard squad plans for foolproof protection.

Bodyguard team leader seeing the itinerary plans one or more bodyguards for handing over security to check the route is completely clear or not.

Clearance of Car / Vehicles

Bodyguard clears the car /vehicle for the principal and does not leave it unattended as searched car /vehicle has to be attended by the member of a team. Unattended vehicles are exposed to multiple dangers like some IED can be attached etc.

Bodyguard ensures complete protection of the principal when he /she is coming to the car to travel. This moment is considered critical, as 60% of such attacks happen when the protected person is in or around the vehicle.


Travel is a very crucial activity. It has to be planned by the team leader very carefully. Travelling is always vulnerable to many hazards like target killing, ambush, and other route perils. Bodyguard plans the halt points/ rest areas carefully. Ensures that chokepoints are cleared safely.


On arriving destination, two to three bodyguards (depending upon the total strength of the squad) dismount from the vehicles and ensure that the site is cleared from a safety and security point of view. When they confirm, give okay to other team members, they open the door and take the client to the final destination using flank procedures. If the principal is moving like a shopping plaza or moves to some of the playing ground whose entries are open, the bodyguard team splits into small groups, few moves with the principal, others perform monitoring around open entrances and exits while one or more remain around the vehicles. If the Principal is attending a marriage ceremony or the meeting in a secure building, bodyguards need to secure him keep distance, and should look after the entrance gates, etc.

Return to a secure location

In return, the same care is adopted as the duties performed during the move to the destination. Exiting from the vehicle and walking to the door exposes the client to risk, so the distance is kept as short as possible to cut down the time it takes to reach the door. The vehicle should be parked in the carriage, door locked due to security reasons.

The team leader will ensure the collection of weapons, will make safe, and keep it in the designated place like the weapon kote or the weapon box.


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Major Imtiaz Ahmad Malik ( R ) Tamgha-i-Basalat , a result oriented Chief Executive of Reichert Security Services (Pvt) Ltd with vast experience at operational and strategic levels in  Pakistan  Army. Managing international organizations and operations with proven success

CEO & Founder of Reichert Security Services Pvt LTD & City Bouncers

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