North Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Train for Protective Details
By Special Agent Nicholas Hicks
North Carolina law enforcement officers conclude their week-long training with DSS special agents and their protectees, two assistant U.S. attorneys, at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, May 27, 2016. (U.S. Department of State photo)
A pleasant breeze blows across the tarmac of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport on a crisp May morning. Curious onlookers peer from a nearby observation deck of the airport as police cars and Suburbans with flashing lights pull up to a plane, and men and women in dark sunglasses get out to whisk away a dignitary.
A law enforcement officer student rides in the follow-car of a motorcade in a protective detail, May 27, 2016.
(U.S. Department of State photo)
This was no ordinary protective detail. It was part of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Greensboro Resident Office’s (GNRO) training for 24 law officers from local, state, and private law enforcement entities in North Carolina.
This week-long course – called the Protective Security (PRS) Liaison Law Enforcement Officer Training – covered the basics of organizing a protective detail, defensive tactics, combatting attacks on principals, and PRS vehicle operations. In addition, officer students were introduced to the intricacies of advance work in preparation for an actual detail.
Law enforcement officer students escort their dignitary as he departs a bilateral meeting at Duke University, Durham, NC, May 27, 2016. (U.S. Department of State photo)
PRS is a core function of DSS and a set of skills that is in high demand among local and state law enforcement agencies. Recognizing the need to provide this valuable training to partner law enforcement agencies, GNRO formulated a detailed PRS training module.
GNRO special agents and instructors from the Diplomatic Security Training Center conducted the training at various locations in Durham, NC. They invited two assistant U.S. attorneys to play the role of high level dignitaries.
Law enforcement officer students escort their dignitary across the grounds of the Duke Chapel, Durham, NC,
May 27, 2016. (U.S. Department of State photo)
Officer students work the arrival of a dignitary, played by an assistant U.S. attorney, to a meeting at the Washington Duke Inn, Durham, NC, May 27, 2016. (U.S. Department of State photo)
For their final exercise, officer students played the role of both advance agent and a motorcade detail agent at different sites around town. They also conducted in-depth visits of each venue, met with key representatives responsible for those sites, and developed a full site report from scratch. The fact that they worked so well together in teams, despite their differing backgrounds, speaks to the level of their professionalism and commitment to this training.
In the after-action review, the officer students stated they were very pleased with the thorough and in-depth training. The two assistant U.S. attorneys noted how professional the students were and how the experience of playing the role of a protectee opened their eyes to another aspect of the DSS mission.
GNRO Resident Agent in Charge John Taylor said, “This program is an excellent resource we offer that will mutually benefit these officers, the Greensboro Resident Office, and DSS well into the future.”