India’s private security sector — the world’s largest — is expanding, meaning a greater need for bodyguards, now christened close protection executives (CPE). Celebs, VIPs, industry leaders, senior business executives, and expatriates, foreign business delegations visiting India, educational institutions as well as the aviation, shipping, hospitality, retail and entertainment sectors require private security. The tourism sector is going to need it, too, says Kunwar Vikram Singh, chairman, Central Association of Private Security Industry – India and chairman, Security Knowledge and Skill Development Council. According to Singh, India’s private security industry is growing at an annual rate of 25%, the highest in the world. India has a manpower shortfall of about 30%. The biggest security services companies in the country include Group4, Topsgrup, SIS, Checkmate Services and Securitas, among others.
What do they do?
Deciding to become a bodyguard is easy but to actually take responsibility of someone’s life is not an easy task. If you become one, then you have to be on your toes 24x7. As a bodyguard you will be responsible for protecting your client. The job can be on contract or you may also have to offer round the clock protection. As a bodyguard you must constantly survey your surroundings and identify potential threats. You should be well trained in handling weapons as you will be carrying one while protecting your client.
- Functional intelligence
- Excellent physical fitness and good communication skills
- Good team player
- Ability to endure tough working conditions in inhospitable terrain
How do I get there?
A bodyguard does not necessarily have to be a “pehelwan” (wrestler), says Kunwar Vikram Singh, chairman, Central Association of Private Security Industry - India and chairman, Security Knowledge and Skill Development Council (SKSDC), set up by the central government to start courses. Educationally, an aspirant should have a 10+2 or a bachelor’s degree, with good soft skills. “We are trying to attract boys and girls with B or C certificates of the NCC,” says Singh. However, you should be well trained in self-defense, martial arts, close combat and security procedures. Having a defense background always helps in getting better job.
Typical day in the life of a Bodyguards
Pros & Cons about this career
Decent pay Growing employment options You might accompany a celebrity
A high-responsibility duty —stress and pressure are part and parcel of the job Work is physically demanding Long working hours Possibility of frequent travel with the protectee If the client is under threat, you too face it