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    I haven't seen any posts on here for several months now, but until recently I haven't done any of this sort of things, so I really "didn't have a dog in the fight" so to speak. Now, however, I have been involved in this and I am interested in any training or other materials to help improve my skills. I have been told recently that there are three places that I ought to look at. They are, in no particular order, the following:

    -FLETC Protective Service Operations Training Program (PSOTP) http://www.fletc.gov/training/progra...-program-psotp

    -US Department Of State Executive Protection Training http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/securi...ning/index.htm

    -Pennsylvania State Police http://www.psp.state.pa.us/portal/se...ervices/452782

    Anyway, I am interested in hearing if anybody here has attended any of the above and, if so, is one preferable over another and, if so, why. About all I have heard so far from people that have attended these is that FLETC is 2 weeks and the State Department is 1 week.

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    What exactly do you need?

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      FLETC Protective Service Operations Training Program (PSOTP)

      Originally posted by Soper View Post
      What exactly do you need?
      Soper (and the group),


      I was hoping to get in touch with some people who have attended Executive Protection Training and I have now spoken with some that have been to FLETC PSOTP. So far, it looks like the FLETC Protective Service Operations Training Program (PSOTP) is the one to go for! Thank you for the reply.


      Jim
      Last edited by Jim1348; 08-17-2013, 11:58 AM. Reason: Details

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        Originally posted by Jim1348 View Post
        Soper (and the group),


        I was hoping to get in touch with some people who have attended Executive Protection Training and I have now spoken with some that have been to FLETC PSOTP. So far, it looks like the FLETC Protective Service Operations Training Program (PSOTP) is the one to go for! Thank you for the reply.


        Jim
        Hi Jim, FLETC training Center is only for Federal Officers (DHS) Protective Services etc. it's not open to the general public, if your looking for Executive Protection Services and your retraining out of the military or for the first timers, you'll have to go to the private sector, the best is out there. Academi Elite —previously known as Xe Services LLC, Blackwater USA and Blackwater Worldwide—is a private military company and Academi is the largest of the U.S. State Department's private security contractors.

        http://academi.com/pages/protect/protect-overview then there's http://conference2013.executiveprote...onference.com/ http://www.esi-lifeforce.com/and a host of other companies who provide training with great creds. Please feel free to pm for more info, I prefer not to get into it on an open forum. Take care.

        Pop pop.
        Last edited by Pop pop; 10-18-2013, 12:31 PM. Reason: information..
        Pop Pop - It reminds me of an old statement by my Master Sergeant. "A Good Run is better then a Bad Stand".

        Sec Trainer- Pop Pop: Hope you don't mind if I quote your Master Sergeant. He was a very smart man.

        Pop Pop- Yes Sir, Thank you Senior Instructor Sec Trainer, hope you don't mind if I place your quote into my Signature?

        Sec Trainer- Permission granted, recruit. Now, police the company area!


        flat out cool..

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          ESI
          EPI

          Two more good ones.

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            Jim,

            If I remember correctly (I haven't been here in quite a while) you are a retired LEO, correct? Pop pop's comment is correct - only active duty federal, state and (sometimes) local law enforcement personnel who are assigned EP duties have access to the FLETC and the State Department's training programs. You can call the PA State Police and ask if retired LE can attend their course.

            I'm involved in EP work and I have attended several private schools including Oatman and Associates, the Executive Protection Institute, Vehicle Dynamics Institute and the Sig Academy's course. All of the courses mentioned are open to private individuals. If you are looking for a school that provides networking, EPI probably tops the four that I listed. If you are looking for a cool operational course (firearms/shooting, vehicle ops, protective formations, etc.), the Sig Academy Course may be what you want.

            You mentioned that you are involved in this now. I'm assuming that you are conducting some type of EP work/operations? If this is the case, you will soon find out that it is not what one would expect. Most of the work in the U.S. private sector deals more with conducting threat assessments, limited advance work, site surveys, conducting security awareness training and some driving (or escorting).

            Good Luck!

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              Protective Service Operations Training Program (PSOTP)

              Originally posted by Sierra 1 View Post
              .....If I remember correctly (I haven't been here in quite a while) you are a retired LEO, correct?.....If this is the case, you will soon find out that it is not what one would expect. Most of the work in the U.S. private sector deals more with conducting threat assessments, limited advance work, site surveys, conducting security awareness training and some driving (or escorting).....
              Yes, I retired almost three years ago, but I am now working for a quasi-federal agency. Our agency does qualify to attend the FLETC and the State Department's training programs. Since posting this I have talked to people that have attended both of these. The consensus seems to be that both are great courses, but that FLETC is preferred over the State Department because they do have more time to practice the skills they teach.

              Yes, I have found out pretty much exactly what you have described. It includes threat assessment, advance work, situational awareness (as I like to call it), and driving. It isn't rocket science, but I do like doing it! Maybe at some point I will get the opportunity to go to BOTH FLETC and the State Department!

              Thank you to everybody who replied, it was very helpful!


              Jim

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              • #8
                Graduated from ESI as well as a number of other schools. The Executive Protection Institute , Scotti's , and TFTT.
                I would also go to EPI and then go another school that teaches the hard skills. TFTT is really a class act for it.

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                  Frank Black,

                  I'm considering attending ESI's executive protection course soon. Did you take the distance learning option and then the two week residence training, or do you go straight through the 28 day residence training program?

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                    Originally posted by Soper View Post
                    ESI
                    EPI

                    Two more good ones.
                    I regularly cross paths with the head of the EP detail for a major Las Vegas casino CEO. He swears by ESI, and strongly recommends taking the residency-based module if at all possible.

                    $0.02

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                    • #11
                      Thanks, LV_PSO.

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