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Rock is an Executive Protection Operator (Bodyguard) he works a 7 day on 7 day off rotation for an international businessman and his family. As he oversees 20 guys, it's pretty busy as Rock travels worldwide.
Rock is a Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist.
He trains businesses in anti-terrorism procedures. he
also teaches civilians, law
enforcement, military and bodyguards in close
quarter combat and now, of course, he writes.
So Rock, I was just reading and Alafaire Burke novel where her hero was caught in a riot situation. It was an awesome way to develop the plot. Can you give my heroine some pointers for survival?
Demonstrations are popular these days. At some point, somewhere, there will be someone demonstrating.
Most demonstrations are peaceful, while others are not. Even peaceful protests can turn dangerous.
Perhaps your character is attending a demonstration and those who would prefer a more militant form of protest infiltrated the crowd.
Perhaps your character is in an area where a peaceful demonstration turns into a riot then she must be able to respond and not become a victim of either the rioters or law enforcement.
To start with, here are a couple of fundamental questions:
* Did your heroine check with LE in her
local area or the areas she is travelling to
check on demonstrations of whatever
* Does she know her local area like the
back of her hand, but what about the
areas she regularly visit, or on a one-off
* How quickly on arrival does she
familiarise herself with the area?
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it all. There are though different types of crowds. Knowing how the crowd developed is an important factor.
Here is just a short list:
* Protest marches
* Static Demonstrations
* Football (soccer) Matches
* Sales Queue
* Stag Parties
* Music Events
* Counter Demonstrations
* Fox Hunts
* Mostly anywhere that there are bars, nightclubs and alcohol
This list shows you that these types of events occur mostly outside and mainly in an urban setting but can also happen in rural settings. Demonstrations can also happen indoors. Static demonstrations, for example, where groups occupy buildings, often turn violent when security evicts the protesters.
|Photograph by Mikael Marguerie, see Flickr file (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Anyone can become a target in a hostile crowd situation - civilian, executive protection operator, military and law enforcement personnel. Whether on foot, or in vehicles, bad luck or bad planning can land your heroine in a life-threatening situation.
* Tip – If your heroine are in a vehicle, keep all the windows up
* If your heroine is on foot, then she should walk NOT run.
Running attracts attention from both rioters and LE. Remember
that during riots there are no rules. Rebels have killed, raped,
beaten and robbed. The less attention she can bring to herself the
* Parents who have children must act like a close-protection team
in this situation. The team would give all round body cover and
walk through the crowd to the recognised point of safety.
* If as a parent, there is one child who is small enough to be
carried, then the mother should carry the child. The father will
cover both mother and child. He will defend them if attacked.
Others suggest that the father should bear the child because he is
stronger. That is wrong, unless the mother is more combat
effective than the father is.
* If your heroine is protecting two children, then if possible the
mother should carry one and the father the other. If an older child
is present, the parents should be covering all with the older child
in the front. Remember, it is even more imperative to have 360-
degree awareness in these situations. Break down movement into
bounds (Move from one protected spot to the next)
* Teamwork is all-important here.
* If your heroine is in a location where she can carry a concealed
firearm as a civilian, she should not have her weapon free. LE is
not going to take chances upon seeing it. Have her hand on her
weapon if the situation warrants it, but she should not have it
presented unless she has to use it.
|Protesters clash with riot police on November 7, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
* Buildings in proximity to
the riot are not safe.
These will no doubt be
broken into and looted.
Moving to higher floors in
the building is not a good
idea as the risk from fire
and smoke from the
ground floor can cut off
any escape and be deadly.
If your heroine needs to
use buildings in proximity, then use them to get to further buildings. Look for fire exits at the rear of
the building, or windows that she can smash, to put distance
between her and the rioters.
* One thing your heroine should not do is walk towards the police
line. If there are officers nearby, then seek help. However,
remember, rioters and looters will want to take on the police, and
she will be between both.
Friendly CrowdNow I know you are asking yourself, “How can friendly crowd be dangerous?” Unfortunately, they can be quite risky and more so because the expectation was that the environment was safe.
Think of a crowd of screaming fans of the pop group, film star, or other celebrity. They are pushing, crushing, or running to get to their idols. Because fans do not expect violence, it can be a traumatic and sometimes a deadly experience. Hysteria soon catches on: and in a sudden rush, your heroine can lose those with whom she came and end up under foot.
Events with metal barriers or fences can also cause crushing problems for those at the front as fans from behind push forward. Your heroine should plan for safety, as well as, planning for a good time.
I have seen soldiers have their weapons nearly taken from them in a hostile crowd during full-blown terrorist riots. I have been in sports stadiums accompanied by family members when football-hooligan clashes broke out. I have worked through friendly as well as hostile crowds as an executive protection operator.
It can happen to anyone.
Thanks so much for sharing that information. If you're a writer trying to figure out the tactical points and mind sets of protection details - or you just need a great way to twist your plot line. I HIGHLY recommend getting yourself a copy of Rock's books. Meditations of a Modern Warrior
and Meditations of a Modern Warrior II. Here's the LINK
***Also, Rock has very generously offered to help with specific plot line issues. You can leave them below.