Our clients have designed this firm. It is built to respond to their needs, and thus, it is always growing and changing. We have services today that none of us ever imagined 36 years ago; by the same token, we have resources today that would have seemed like science fiction back then.
Gavin de Becker & Associates is a very unusual firm. Our clients are a wide-ranging group: media figures, government agencies (including the U.S. Marshals Service and the Central Intelligence Agency), media companies, universities, giant corporations, cities, police departments, cultural figures, religious leaders, champion athletes, politicians, battered women’s shelters, and children’s schools. Clients include the world’s most famous and the world’s most anonymous.
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The training of our protectors includes areas you might imagine, such as emergency driving, but also areas you probably never considered, like jet evacuation techniques developed on-board aircraft simulators that actually fill with smoke. All our protectors are trained in the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED). They are trained in CPR and first aid, of course — though most firms can’t say that. (Actually, they can say anything.) We also train our staff in CPR for infants. How can firms whose clients have infants justify their lack of this training?
If you ever work with another firm, ask them to show you their training material, and see if they can produce any original material at all. Ask to see the actual personnel files with documentation showing what training each person received (if any) – and prepare to be disappointed.
Then there is the matter of readiness: Our people are in the best physical condition of any private security agency or law enforcement agency in the world bar none, and our regular and random Physical Fitness and Readiness Tests ensure they stay that way. How can firms claiming to offer high level security services deploy people who are out of shape, or otherwise unready for the job?
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“Your skill, knowledge and unparalleled expertise in this area were a tremendous contribution to this case for which I am deeply grateful.”
Deputy District Attorney for the trial of
Assassin Robert Bardo, 1991
“Gavin de Becker is a pioneer in threat assessment.”
Dr. Park Dietz
Hinckley Prosecution Psychiatrist
“Gavin and his staff provide what amounts to a secret service for famous people.”
Michael J. Fox in Esquire Magazine Article