By Richard Bingley, Director CSARN and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Security and Resilience, Buckinghamshire New University and licenced Close Protection Operative.
Among a raft of measures, the Counter-terrorism and Security Bill introduced to Parliament last week, one seeks to “ban insurance companies from covering ransoms.”
As somebody with a UK Security Industry Authority Close Protection Operative (CPO) licence, and who teaches dozens of adult students dotted around the world’s Emerging Markets (the very same trading places which the Foreign Office and CBI urge us to engage with), I urge the Government to please drop clauses related to this.
During the past three years, colleagues and I have accompanied high-profile and high-asset British and American business and non-governmental operations into high-growth locations such as Russia, Central Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Much of this work is mundane and without exorbitant risk. But some is.
But the reality is, without divulging client detail, certain profile types of organisations businesses and people from the United Kingdom and USA will always attract a high degree of risk when they are in-country. People such as high-net-worth entrepreneurs, music and film stars, sports managers and players, and former politicians, et cetera.
These are the people - accompanied by friends, family, back-office teams, agency employees and security detail - that do not receive official Police or Military protection. (Only senior politicians, Royal Household members and Diplomats receive this.)