On March 12th, CTV news broadcast footage of a rally for Trump supporters near the Dayton International Airport. A Fairborn man with a history of protesting, vaulted over waist-high metal railings, broke through two security staff and nearly got on stage near the end of Saturday’s rally. Thomas Dimassimo, 22, was arrested for disorderly conduct and inducing panic, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Nowadays, it is common for protesters to show up and provide different opposing views. In this case, a protester jumped a fence and rushed towards the podium where Trump was speaking. Within 30 seconds, 4 protection agents surrounded Trump to shield him off, while other agents grabbed the protester. This was a well-trained group of federal agents with a clear tactical mandate. Luckily there were no serious consequences, but it showed the importance of being prepared for any type of disruption.
On a completely different scale, last Friday I received a call from an old business friend who required security at their facility within 3 hours. That morning his management team had decided to terminate someone and based on earlier comments by the subject, they thought it would be wise to reach out for protection.
The demand for protection services is on the rise in the US, Canada and most other parts of the world. Local events such as violence by employees who are being terminated or reporters being harassed cause businesses to want protection by specialized security companies or law enforcement. There are many events where the risk of disruption is medium to high and organizers need to make sure that their human assets are being protected. This includes the company representatives as well as the audience. The size of the protection detail varies based on the event, the venue and the risk involved. The preparation is important as the tactics are being formulated, making it possible to ward off threats when they occur. A security specialist speaks with a client ahead of time to get the details of what is required and it is usually followed up by a site visit. From that point, a draft plan will be composed. This is often augmented with intelligence gathered through social media and open source investigations. This preparation phase centers on understanding the assets, threats, vulnerabilities and the resources and limitations. The protection can be both overt and covert and range in size for one agent to hundreds for large events.
Regardless of political opinion, all contenders should be having the right level of protection to prevent serious consequences from happening.