In today’s world, the security professional is faced with the daunting task of designing, developing, and implementing measures to counter an increasingly broad, though still somewhat vague, spectrum of threats. Law enforcement and government agencies continue to release a barrage of alerts and warnings about possible terrorist operations against US and Western interests both within the US and abroad. It seems that every warning is accompanied by the usual caveats about no credible information, no specific targets, and no specific timing or methods of attack. In fact, more often than not these warnings have been disseminated to the private sector through the media long before any official notification has been forthcoming. Developing an effective protection strategy under these circumstances can be, to say the least, taxing.
The availability of portable alarm and CCTV systems, personal “panic button” transmitters and GPS based tracking systems provide the modern bodyguard with some very effective means of increasing protection levels while minimizing the impact such an increase has on the principal and his or her lifestyle. The affordability and availability of personal computers, along with the advent of the internet, provide their benefit in the form of easier and faster access to the latest information regarding existing or evolving threats, routes, locales, etc. Those security professionals that provide one-on-one protection often realize the most significant benefit from applied technology. In situations where manpower and other resources are limited, the value of technology as a force multiplier cannot be overstated.
There is a huge difference between saying “we train to a standard,” or “we measure student performance,” and actually doing one, the other, or both.
Just saying those catch phrases doesn’t make it so – actually doing these things requires collecting verifiable, relevant data (and lots of it), understanding precisely what the data means, translating it into useful information that will guide student improvement, communicating that information in a way the student can easily comprehend…and being able to do that in a way that enhances as opposed to impedes the learning process.
The obvious answer is that you can’t. And whether you’re a professional driver or that guy or gal commuting to work, between the angle of the sun, all sorts of nasty weather, and the residue of various types of road treatments, just seeing through the windshield of your car can be a challenge; especially this time of year.
In keeping with a tradition of continuous improvement – and first’s among private sector driver training provider’s – that dates back to 1974 and the origins of our predecessor, the Scotti School, VDI has entered Phase I of our Training Fleet Modernization project, which will see us replacing the venerable Crown Vic sedans that are commonplace in the training arena with Dodge Charger police package sedans.