Protective Services Detail

A Five Step Management Process to Set up, Manage & Develop Response Strategies.
Course Include Live Field Exercises

This course is available for On-Site Training only. We will bring this course to your agency or company.
Contact Don Dickson, On-Site Training Manager at (301) 455-5633 or

Course Description

“Protective Services Detail” or “PSD” is also often referred to as: Personnel Security Detail, Personal Security Detail or Protective Security Detail. PSD’s are a protective team assigned to protect the security of an individual or group. PSD’s are typically made up of military personnel, private security contractors, or law enforcement agents.

Conducting Protective Services Detail (PSD) missions requires understanding by all members involved in the operation. This includes the executives committing to the contract, the contract managers, field operators and even the client. The better each member of the team can understand their ability to contribute and participate in mission success, the probability for success and efficiency increase dramatically.

Modern environments where PSD is conducted include domestic (CONUS) as well as foreign (OCONUS) environments. Within these environments there are a number of possible threat profiles from low to high threat and any degree in between. It’s important to be able to anticipate the most likely threats in your environment as well as the most probable course of action (COA) to deal with those threats. It isn’t always appropriate to assume the worst in every situation and the intention of the client’s mission as well as personnel safety must both be taken into primary consideration. These along with numerous other factors in the complex unpredictable world of PSD, must all be addressed in a coherent and properly weighted manner in order to achieve the maximum level of success.

This course will provide the tools necessary to enable those working in the arena of Protective Services Details, to employ effective tools and therefore increase their effectiveness and survivability in uncertain situations maximizing positive results and reducing risk.

What you will learn

Attendees will learn a proven five step process to approach PSD missions – from the decision to accept a client, the planning and preparation, advance movement, execution and through to conducting the post mission review.

The major points that will be emphasized during this course of instruction include:
  • Analysis and Risk Assessment
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Planning and Preparation
  • Advance Party Logistics
  • Personnel Management
  • Aspects of Low Profile/Close Physical Protection
  • Situational Force Control and Application(s)
  • Route Selection and Analysis
  • Environment and Situational specific considerations
  • Contingency Planning and Execution
  • Techniques to Liaison and Coordinate with Foreign Entities and Institutions
  • After Action Report and Post Mission Review

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will

  • Recognize cognitive biases and their causes, and learn to how to overcome these biases using structured analytic techniques
  • Identify the role of cognitive biases in historical national security and law enforcement intelligence failures
  • Employ techniques for dealing with complex, incomplete, and ambiguous information
  • Evaluate the intentions and capabilities of adversaries (criminals, terrorists, governments)
  • Apply structured Imaginative Thinking analytic Techniques to conduct better, more creative and comprehensive analysis and examine alternative outcomes
  • Apply structured Diagnostic analytic Techniques to identify key assumptions, uncertainties, and intelligence gaps, and potential changes that would alter key assessments and predictions
  • Apply structured Contrarian analytic Techniques to examine alternative hypotheses and challenge established viewpoints
  • Demonstrate the soundness of intelligence produced using structured analytic techniques by taking advantage of the analytic transparency provided by structured analytic techniques.

Who should attend

This course will be useful to both operators (Law Enforcement, Federal Agents, US Government Contractors) and other U.S. Government support personnel in management who want to understand the planning process and how to best support PSD elements in the field.

Course agenda

Over a 2-Day period, workshop participants will explore the following topics via a combination of lecture, discussion, case studies and hands-on learning exercises:
  • Introduction to Protective Service Details: what they are and why they are important.
  • Introduction to Protective Service Detail Roles and Responsibilities: Advance Team(s), Shift Lead, Detail Lead and Principle.
  • Thinking Skills and Conceptual Approaches for managing or operating a Protective Service Detail.
  • Preparation and Planning: The steps and process of preparing and planning a successful Protective Service Detail mission.
  • How to approach Risk Management and assess possible risk scenarios that operators in the field could face in the performance of their duties.
  • Logistics and Equipment overview: what equipment and kit to use in a variety of situations, how to move it around and limitations and restrictions of controlled items in domestic and foreign environments.
  • Overview of providing protection during vehicle and foot movement, on-site (static), and other travel scenarios involving airplane, trains, ship (private and public).
  • The After Action Report: Why it is important, what it should cover and how each member of the operational team and management should contribute.
The purpose of this 2-day training workshop is to provide participants with a practical understanding of the key features and processes of Protective Service Details (PSD). The event is designed to show law enforcement and other security practitioners how to conduct PSD activities in low and high signature profiles in both medium to high threat environments. The workshop will set out the theoretical basis, practical methodologies and practical challenges which PSD operators and their managers need to understand. The training program includes ample opportunities for “hands-on” application of the principles and methods discussed, with practical case scenarios to reinforce learning.