Reviving a "Dead Horse"

Posted by DirSec on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 01:36

The concept is not new. It presumably has been hashed over many times at many levels within the Security Industry; but the country still has no answer.
Why is there no national standard on Personal Security?
In the new era of terrorists directly targeting the United States and its foreign interests and other Western cultures; the newly re-elevated "catch-phrases" of Infrastructure Protection, Business Continuity and Narco-terrorism, their appears to be little attention on the consequences the US economy would further suffer at the loss of one, God forbid several, Fortune 500 CEOs, CFO, VPs or any other 'C' level staff.
Almost a Century and a half after the creation of the USSS, and there is not one industry title for what we do; there's an alphabet soup; "Executive Protection", "Protective Service", "Close Protection", "Bodyguard", let alone a nationally accepted standard of training.
There are nationally recognized schools. Their are nationally recognized practitioners. There are nationally recognized Subject Matter Experts. There are even a select few nationally recognized firms, all of which will employ their "Protectors" in all 50 states. The United States is home to the largest and most recognized professional association that has created internationally accepted certification.
The United States Government has standards though they are limited in scope to the demands of their Mission Statements and the parochial, political and financial interests of their agency or parent department.
And yet, this one niche of the industry stands alone with no recognized standard.
Some raise the issue of State's licensing for practitioners though this topic isn't relevent to being awarded a CPP, CFE, PSP or several other industry recognized professional certificates.
Few states had any interest whatsoever in Protectors, until the national progression towards Concealed Handgun laws forced them to create licenses with names like PSO, PPO or to wrap this profession into the Private Investigator realm.
Not unlike EMS getting wrapped into the Firefighting profession simply because it was the closest anyone could think of to put the responsibility on.
With the likes of Oatman, Kobetz, De Becker, Glazebrook, Duggan, Vance, Whitehead, Taylor, Scotti, LaSorsa and a line of other RECOGNIZED US industry leaders, is it somehow unrealistic to think that bringing these folks together for a week long round-table, that ASIS could be handed a standard of training that would allow this industry to have a badly needed Personal Protection Professional certification?

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