Continuing the series on estate security in executive protection...
I’m proposing a new definition for protective intelligence:
Protective intelligence is evaluated information that supports our identification, continuous assessment, and mitigation of potential threats. It’s not limited to assessing potentially violent people, nor does it require a sophisticated counter-surveillance program.
It could be as simple as this:
- Identify Anomalies
- Collect Information
- Store Information for Immediate and Future Analysis
- Analyze Anomaly (and Past Anomalies)
- Disseminate Information
- Feedback: Consumer / Mitigation Strategy Effectiveness
*Cycle continues indefinitely
You already know this process. It’s the intelligence cycle!
That’s a general look at protective intelligence, but how does it relate to estate security?
Estate security is an extension of the larger protective intelligence program. They act as a static post that observes, interacts, and makes judgements about people, incidents, security measures, etc. They may not know it, but they are the intelligence cycle!
One of the essential components of protective intelligence is storing data/information. But why?
If our goal is to make informed assessments over time, we need a way to retrieve pictures, videos, names, license plates, chronologies of events, reports, and more. No incident (crime, suspicious activity, attempt to contact principal, etc.) happens in a vacuum. We need to look at the big picture – how events may be interconnected or dependent on past events. Of course there are sophisticated and there are simple solutions to this, which I’ll discuss later.
Here is a short sample of how databasing of information can assist protective intelligence efforts:
- Support accurate assessment and reassessment over time
- Potential support for litigation
- Empirical data to justify protective security program/budget
- Current information to keep team members informed
To be continued in my post... Where I'll provide some resources that I find especially useful, and a homework assignment (because we all need homework).
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