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Close Protection: A Closer Observation of the Protection Equation

Close Protection: A Closer Observation of the Protection Equation. By Richard J. Aitch. Close Protection Publications,; 567 pages; £45.20 (UK), £52.61 (EU), £64.99 (international).

Although written from a British perspective, Close Protection is one of the best books on the subject. The various aspects of close protection (CP), including protective movements and concentric rings of defense, weapons training, driving techniques, and trauma stabilization are consistent throughout the industry in all corners of the globe. These procedures are accepted as a common training base for the majority of law enforcement, government agencies, and private sector organizations, so this book is applicable and useful as a valuable CP training reference for both British and non-British practitioners.

In the past, a CP provider would have needed multiple books and references to collect the extensive subject matter required to perform professionally and effectively, whereas this book consolidates essential information into one convenient resource. Author Richard Aitch draws on his extensive experience in military, government, and private sector service to write with authority and conviction.

Every chapter is professionally illustrated and me­t­i­c­u­lously detailed. For example, one chapter describes attributes of a good CP operative, including age and life experience, mental and physical fitness, attitude and bearing, and training. Because of the sensitive nature of the content, the material was reviewed and cleared by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence before publication.

Aitch covers the subject matter with such comprehensive detail that the book will probably become the reference of choice for years to come. It is a must-have for personal protection officers, trainers, and students.

Reviewer: Dan Mead is senior vice president and director of security-EMEA for Marsh & McLennan Companies in London. A retired U.S. military veteran, he has worked in the security industry for 20 years. He is a member of ASIS International.