Level IV Personal Protection Officer Course
COURSE TIME: 24 Hours
AGE: 21 Years of Age, At the time of your application to the board
DESCRIPTION: This course covers the required State-Approved curriculum required by The Texas Department of Public Safety-Private Security Bureau in order to certify an officer as having completed a course of study for Level IV Training in accordance with Chapter 1702 of the Texas Occupations Code. Each successful student will be awarded two (2) Certificates of Completion. A “Level IV” Certificate and a “Firearms Proficiency” Certificate.
If you are interested in becoming an armed personal protection officer (bodyguard) you will be required to attend fifteen (15) hours of classroom training and six (6) hours of firearms training in accordance with the rules set forth in Chapter 1702 of the Texas Occupations Code.
NOTE: Chapter 1702 of The Texas Occupation Code requires that any applicant to the State of Texas whom is applying for a license to be a Personal Protection Officer must also be a current Level III Commissioned Security Officer. (or at least be applying at the same time). Additionally, the State of Texas also requires that any PPO applicant submit to and pass the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) test or equivalent (proof of completion of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory test shall be on the form of the board approved Declaration of Psychological and Emotional Health and shall be signed by a licensed psychologist).
Executive Protection, commonly referred to as PPO training, is a process like any other as it requires constant reinforcement to maintain effectiveness. Protective agents (EP/PPO), especially, require constant reinforcement of protective techniques. “Cover and evacuate” is not instinctual, but it is the right move when faced with an attack on a protectee. Proactive agents must train constantly so that “cover and evacuate” becomes instinct. In attack situation, agents have seconds, or fractions of seconds, to react and they must be able to respond without thinking (subconscious competence).
Our exercises and scenarios are realistic in order to be effective. Attack situations involve savage emotional impact because of the speed with which they normally develop. The sudden change from status quo to chaos is enough to freeze most individuals. However, protective agents must react properly in those first few seconds of chaos. Properly trained agents overcome the shock of the attack situation by remaining composed and acting instinctively thru the subconscious competence quality training provides, and they are “comfortable” in the attack situation.
Realistic scenario training involves repetition exercises similar to the very same operation techniques employed by the agent, with the occasional attack on the protectee. Training sessions involve more exercises without attack than those with, in order to best simulate real-life attacks / situations. Attacks on principals are in fact very rare. Training must simulate tedium, if the impact of the simulated-attack is to be effective.
The U.S. Secret Service rotates agents through training sessions every 6 weeks. Private practitioners may not have the resources to move agents through training on such a rigorous schedule, but must not ignore their responsibility to maintain regular training sessions- even for experienced EP / PPO agents.
Properly trained proactive agents for EP/PPO react properly. Sounds odd, but it is true. The proactive nature of security operations, threat assessment and planning, pre-determines the appropriate reaction in attack scenarios. The “appropriate response” in any situation depends on several factors. Proactive security practitioners are able to identify each of the relevant factors and plan accordingly. As a result, proactive agents do in fact react properly. Based on a combination of training, experience, and preparation, a proactive agent faced with an attack reacts immediately to protect the principal, and remove the principal from harm.