I spent approximately eight and a half years as a Special Agent for the United States Secret Service. During that time, I participated in protective operations both domestically and in over 20 foreign countries and had the opportunity to assist in the protection of many living.
Regarding Executive Protection Institute and the 7-day Providing Executive Protection Program, to be candid and completely honest, my expectations were not that high, but I was willing to keep an open mind and assume the perspective of someone who had never been trained nor done this type of work. After the first day and a half, I quickly realized that EPI had instructors with real world experience. The staff and instructors were and are teaching much of the same tactics, techniques and procedures that I used during my time with the USSS and that I currently use at my Company. Within that week, EPI was able to touch upon, even if in the smallest degree, almost every facet of executive protection. EPI did a good job in emphasizing the importance of thinking like the adversary, determining risk and realizing weaknesses and vulnerabilities. I would have liked to have seen more time spent on the advance practical exercises, but I understand we all fall victim to cost and time constraints.
Overall, I was very impressed with the logistics, content and instructors involved in this course. I have and will continue to recommend this course as a great training course for any and all interested in executive protection.
Joshua Quitaro, PPS
Nine Lives Associates Member