Bodyguards, also known as "close protection officers," are responsible for protecting a person or persons (usually celebrities, important government officials, wealthy individuals, and others) from dangerous situations such as assassination, kidnapping, harassment, theft, and so on. Bodyguards also include Secret Service officers who protect the President and high-level government officials. Those in this position must be loyal, honest, trustworthy, and able to maintain confidentiality, and bodyguards working for high-level government officials must also have security clearance.
A high school diploma or equivalent (or equivalent work experience) is generally required for this position, and those with an associate’s or bachelor's degree may be preferred by some employers. Physical fitness is also important; in some positions, they may be required to pass mandatory training and security background checks. Some positions required bodyguards to have experience working with visual and audible alarm systems and other relevant electronic devices. Bodyguards are often required to work flexible schedules, including nights, weekends, periodic overtime, and unscheduled shifts and public holidays depending on the employer. They usually work on foot, motorcycles, bicycles, horses, patrol cars, and so on. They may be required to carry weapons and train and coach new bodyguards, as well.
Provide crowd control.
Observe location and situations for potential dangers.
Ensure safety of client.
Ensure areas are kept secure and all personnel have been approved.