What Is A Bodyguard?

What Is A Bodyguard?

The term bodyguard can refer to any type of security guard, member of the law enforcement or military, or member of the military who is attached to a person or group of individuals to provide them with protection from danger: generally theft, assault, kidnapping, assassination, harassment, loss of confidential information, threats, or other criminal offenses. VIP security detail refers to the team of personnel assigned to protect a VIP.

In the United States, for example, diplomatic security is handled by the Secret Service or the Diplomatic Security Service of the State Department for public figures in a pacific west academy which includes heads of state, heads of government, and governors. Traditionally, the leader’s bodyguards have been royal guards, republican guards, or other military units in countries where the head of state is also their military leader.

What is a Bodyguard’s job?

Despite what many people think, bodyguard work isn’t as glamorous as many think it is. The job of a bodyguard may sometimes involve luxury lifestyles and lengthy travel (depending on the client), however, ultimately, it is about protecting someone’s life, not having fun.

In any situation where there is a threat of harassment or attack, bodyguards are trained to take action and defend their clients. Its mission is to protect public officials, wealthy individuals, and celebrities from kidnappings, assassinations, thefts, assaults, loss of confidential information, and other criminal offenses.

Roles of a bodyguard:

The roles of a bodyguard are following

Myths around technology:

Because most laypeople are only aware of excessively dramatized depictions of the industry, such as the 2018 British TV series Bodyguard, where bodyguards are seen participating in firefights with assailants, bodyguards play an often misinterpreted role in the public’s image of the profession. As a bodyguard, you plan routes, pre-search rooms, and other places where the client will be going, investigate the background of persons who will talk with the client, and carefully follow the client on their daily activities.

The division of responsibility:

The job of a bodyguard is determined by several circumstances. First and foremost, it is determined by the job of a certain bodyguard in a close protection team. There are three types of bodyguards: Driver-bodyguards, Close Protection Officers (who accompany clients), and members of a support unit that provides services such as electronic bug detection, counter-sniper monitoring, pre-searching facilities, and IED detection as well as background-checking people who will be in contact with the client. A bodyguard’s duties are determined by the risk level of the client.


Bodyguards may also drive their clients in rare situations. Normally, a single driver-bodyguard is insufficient to safeguard a client, because this would require the bodyguard to leave the automobile unsecured while escorting the client on foot. If the automobile is left unattended, various possibilities exist: an explosive device might be connected to the car; an electronic “bug” may be installed to the car; the car could be sabotaged; the car could be stolen, or local parking inspectors could simply tow the car away or clip the tire.

If the automobile is towed or disabled by parking services, the bodyguard will be unable to flee with the client in the event of a security danger while the client is at their meeting.

Weapons and strategies with weapons;

Bodyguards may be unarmed, armed with a less-lethal weapon such as pepper spray, an expandable baton, or a Taser (or a similar type stun gun), or armed with a lethal weapon such as a handgun or, in the case of a government bodyguard for a Secret Service-type agency, a machine pistol, depending on the laws in their jurisdiction and the type of agency or security service they work for.

Assault weapons are carried by some bodyguards, such as those defending high-ranking government figures or those working in high-risk areas like conflict zones.

Tasks for each day

A bodyguard team defending a high-profile politician who is under threat would take the client from a secure location (such as an embassy) to the many meetings and other events they must attend during the day (whether professional or social), and then back to their residence.

Creating a plan and delegating duties:

The day would start with the bodyguard team meeting, which would be led by the team leader.

The team would go through the many events that the customer had planned for the day and talk about how they would handle the various transportation, escorting, and monitoring jobs. During the day, the client (or “principal”) may be required to travel by car, rail, or aircraft to various engagements, including meetings and dinner invitations, as well as engage in personal activities such as recreation and errands.

Transferring the car to the customer:

The automobiles are placed into position near the exit door where the customer will depart the secure facility once they have been examined and confirmed ready for usage. Because the now searched automobiles cannot be left unattended, at least one driver-bodyguard stays with the cars as they wait. An assailant might detonate an IED or sabotage one or more of the automobiles if the convoy is left unattended.

The client is then flanked by the security crew as they go from the guarded home to the automobile. This is a vital period since 60 percent of such attacks occur when the protected person is in or near the car. When this type of attack is carried out, 75% of the time it is effective.


The convoy then proceeds to its destination. The crew will have selected one or two routes, and in some circumstances, three, that are allocated for passage along, avoiding the most dangerous “choke spots,” such as one-lane bridges or tunnels, because these routes have no means of escape and are more prone to ambush. If the client must go by train, the bodyguards may check the rail car they are in as well as any other cars they will use. Because of the absence of protection and control over the surroundings, walking to a place is extremely perilous.

Clarence McDaniels
Clarence McDaniels
Clarence is the Editor-in-Chief for Free BSD Made Easy focusing on the production and quality of the contents.