Close Protection

Close Protection

Close Protection is the provision of physical personal security by a bodyguard or bodyguards (close protection team) to a person (principal/protectee) or a group of people at risk of harassment, harm, or attack. Close protection aims to prevent injury, loss, damage, or death. Principals are often celebrities, wealthy individuals, CEOs, royalty, and heads of state.

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As the UK’s leading provider of close protection services, we are duty-bound to educate potential clients and employees about all aspects of close protection security. Close protection is a niche service within the security sector that is plagued by rogue companies and operators, please do your due diligence in reading the relevant articles below and get in touch if we can be of any further assistance.


The UK public generally refers to close protection operatives as bodyguards. On this page, you will find several articles answering the most popular questions on bodyguards, especially in the UK. Whether you are looking to hire a bodyguard or for expert advice and commentary on the subject. Westminster Security has over 20 years of experience…

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Protective Surveillance

Protective surveillance is becoming an ever more popular method of protection preferred by prominent business people, families and visiting dignitaries. It’s a less obtrusive form of close protection, amalgamated with surveillance to provide a discreet personal protection service. Our guest writer this month is a retired British Soldier with over 25 years experience in communications,…

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Security Chauffeurs

There are many different aspects to understanding the security chauffeur’s role. Chauffeurs have been around as far back as the late 1800s employed to drive the wealthy owners of the early motor car. Today you will find chauffeurs that are employed within wealthy households as permanent members of staff. The chauffeur’s duties would consist of…

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Personal Security (PERSEC)

Close protection operatives (CPOs) have all come across the acronyms PERSEC (Personal Security), OPSEC (Operational Security), and COMSEC (Communications Security). But all too often, operatives fall foul of the exact reasoning behind the requirements of PERSEC, OPSEC, and COMSEC. Operational Security and Close Protection Many operatives will adhere to any OPSEC requirements because the assigned…

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Executive Protection

What is Executive Protection? Executive Protection (EP), also known as Close Protection (CP), refers to security and risk mitigation measures taken to ensure the safety of VIPs or other individuals who may be exposed to elevated personal risk because of their employment, high-profile status, net worth, affiliations or geographical location. The United States Secret Service originated…

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The Close Protection CV – Successfully Applying for Close Protection Jobs

Let’s discuss how to successfully apply for close protection jobs by focussing on preparing your close protection CV. The close protection sector is cut-throat and often described as ‘flooded’. Yet there is still a massive draw to the profession. Why? Perhaps the allure of the elusive high wages and luxury lifestyle promised by unscrupulous close…

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Close Protection Services

Westminster Security provides professional close protection security services in London, the UK, and worldwide.

Close Protection Training and Licensing

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) regulates the UK Close Protection Industry. The SIA stipulates the minimum (some say minimal) training requirements for licensed close protection operatives (CPOs) or bodyguards.

CPOs applying for a front-line Close Protection licence must hold a Level 3 qualification for ‘Working as a Close Protection Operative’ within the Private Security Industry. CPOs can choose from many different close protection courses and training providers. However, the SIA has developed a “Specification for Learning and Qualifications for Close Protection Operatives” which all courses must adhere to.

Aspiring close protection operatives must study fourteen different areas and aspects of close protection. Below are the different areas with our unique and in-depth expert commentary on each of these areas of close protection training courses. Westminster Security is not a training company so these articles are completely unbiased, honest, and neutral.

Venue Security

It is imperative for close protection operatives and close protection teams alike to understand and appreciate venue security. Taking a Principal to any venue, hotel,…

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Close Protection Services

Westminster Security provides professional close protection security services in London, the UK, and worldwide.

Regional Close Protection Services

In addition to our London Headquarters, Westminster Security has a North UK regional office in the North West of England, with Close Protection Operatives based in all major cities and counties throughout the whole of the UK and Ireland. Our mainland Europe office is in central Paris, France, and our Middle East office is in central Dubai, UAE.

Close Protection Liverpool

Close Protection Services in Liverpool In today’s fast-paced, demanding, and increasingly volatile environment, more and more people are turning to personal close protection services to ensure that they are able to go about their daily routines safely and securely. Here at Westminster Security, we’re proud to be the leading provider of close protection services in…

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Close Protection Manchester

Professional Bodyguard Services in Manchester With the ever-increasing population and crime rate, coupled with a lack of confidence in the police and government cutbacks, more and more people are turning to private security companies to ensure their personal safety and security. Many are hiring close protection to protect them daily, during special events, or in…

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Close Protection in Cheshire

Close protection officers in Cheshire, or bodyguards as they are more commonly known, are not as rare as you might imagine. Bodyguards in Cheshire are not a new concept, and personal protection is not just reserved for the rich and famous. Many people feel the need to hire private security at different times of their…

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Close Protection Services

Westminster Security provides professional close protection security services in London, the UK, and worldwide.