If you are having a VIP visit your location for any reason, there are a few steps that need to be taken to ensure the safety and security of that guest, and the safety and security of any one else in close proximity to that guest.
The team that is chosen to look after security for the VIP should be chosen vary carefully.
This team, whether it is 2 person – 10 person or greater needs to have a solid background in risk assessment, protection procedures, security planning, very professional, and proven success in this field.
We will look at a VIP visit to your building (site security)
The security team leader needs to prepare for the VIP arrival.
Some items that need to be taken into consideration:
The level of threat that the VIP may be under. This includes at least the past 6-month’s history of any risk that may be imposed on the VIP.
Who or what the risk is, level of risk, likely hood of risk, and consequences of risk.
We will assume that the risk to the VIP is deemed medium to high.
There will need to be a pick up and drop off plan (for example the Airport).
o A detailed plan that includes contingency planning,
o Command and control responsibilities
o Armed security guards if applicable (usually only legal in cash transit)
o Police involvement, Federal Police involvement
o Dress of security team, plain clothes and no sign on the vehicle saying security (it has happened!)
o Communication methods
o Who will participate from the security team
o Travel to the pick up point
o The pick up point
o Travel from the pick up point
o The drop at the made safe location
On planning the arrival at the site location, these are some considerations that need to be taken into account:
o General security of location, perimeter checks, cameras, alarms.
o Bomb clearance / IED detection – (improvised explosive devices)
o Who will be on site – authorised, relevant and cleared staff only
o The safest path that the VIP will take throughout the building
o Clearing and double checking that route path
o Emergency planning for fast extraction from site
o Any Police ‘standby’ involvement