Close protection UK is a special force that concentrates on surveillance and observation of individuals who have been designated as high risk. These people may have either done something unlawful or may be a danger to themselves or others. Close protection officers are constantly deployed in high crime areas, on duty at night and on the weekend. Some are involved in counter-terrorism operations to disrupt planned attacks or to diffuse any potentially volatile situation.
The number of deaths in the UK as a result of terrorist activity has decreased in recent years but close protection units are still called out on a regular basis. The job of a close protection officer entails being in a position to protect an individual against a potentially violent situation. For example, if a person is entering your home or workplace you could call the close protection unit and they would have an agent present at the time who could guide you through what to do next. If there was to be an assault, the agent could distract the would-be assailant with a loud noise or use their body to physically block the person from further advances. This all depends on the assessment of the situation and the expertise and training of the close protection unit.
If you need to hire someone to provide close protection for you then it is important to check that they are not just hired on a contract basis where they are expected to show up and show off. You would want them to be fully trained and ready to respond to any incident that might occur. As, well as this you need to make sure that you get value for money. Not only should the close protection team you choose to be cost effective, but they should also be skilled in their trade and have the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with any situation that may arise.