You may see us promote the SCOPE STEADY OPERATION READY phrase often.
This phrase for being mentally and operational preparedness. Yes, it starts off the same as our company name, but that is coincidence alone.
As a security professional, it is important that you take a moment at the beginning of each shift to visualize your anticipated responsibilities, hazards, risks and operations. If you are starting your shift without this mental checklist, then you are arriving at work, but not prepared for work.
You never know how your shift will begin, only how it will end. You may have a high-level first aid incident or physically risky behaviour, even the possibility of Bomb Threat, Active Shooter/Assailant, and more.
The goal of this is not to create a paranoid state of mind, but a prepared one.
As it is approaching winter at the time of this writing, the evenings are getting darker sooner. Your clients may request a 'Safe Walk' and you are available to provide it. If you have taken our Close Protection Course, then you would be aware of your required checklist before facilitating the walk. If you have not taken the course yet, then you might just think, all you have to do is just walk beside the person all the way to their preferred location.
Let's say your client is concerned about an individual that has been spotted near the office. This individual has a history of physical violence with your client and your client is uncomfortable, to say the least. Yet, you do not have an exciting report with this client and in-turn the client does not feel comfortable sharing this vulnerability with you.
Since you may not have thought to ask the 'Why' behind the request, you and your client decide to exit the build and walk towards your client's car located two intersections away. Just as you are about to arrive at the car, the person of interest steps out of nowhere and confronts your client.
You are stuck with a decision, engaging with the person of interest to defect the engagement onto yourself, thus leaving your client under-supported, or you can try and return back to the build with your client, exposing yourself and your client to an attack from the rear.
If you have a plan, fantastic. If not, then you have put yourself and your client at unnecessary risk.
Plan ahead, Prepare your resources, Prevail over your challenges. Be SCOPE READY OPERATION READY.
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