familiar with the whole operation. Each member commits the requirements of his specific mission to
memory. Information should be restricted to as few persons as the situation allows.
During planning and the conduct of the mission, coordination between agencies involved in the mission
must be close and continuous. Some of these agencies include Military Intelligence, MP, USACIDC,
Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Medical, Signal, local police, FBI, and Secret Service. All available
agencies should be used to learn about potential danger areas, persons, or groups. On an installation,
for example, there must be coordination with headquarters commandant, transportation officer,
intelligence officer, and others as applicable. Civilian authorities will include police and other interested
city, county, state, or comparable officials. Whenever two or more agencies are protecting
distinguished persons, the agency protecting the senior officer is responsible overall.
Much of this coordination can best be accomplished by an advance party after the official itinerary is
Basic Qualifications of Protective Services Personnel.
The persons selected to perform protective services missions are called "protective services
personnel." Other terms used in this document such as "protective agents," "protective services detail,"
or "protective personnel" mean the same.
These personnel have personal guidelines and
responsibilities they must follow, as outlined below.
Performance. The protective services personnel must meet weight control standards and pass a
physical readiness test as criteria for selection. The agents must also be trained in the use of assigned
weapons such as the .38-caliber revolver and 9-mm pistol, the 12-gauge shotgun, and machine pistol.
Failure to maintain proficiency and qualification will subject them to reassignment.
The protective team must be capable of operating any special equipment needed to accomplish the
mission (for example, communications, TV monitors, or X-ray). They must also have a basic
knowledge of first aid. They must currently possess and maintain qualification in cardiopulmonary
Duties of Protective Services Personnel.
The protective services detail consists of various groups and members who have their own assignment
Detail Leader (DL) or Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC) (for CID controlled missions). The SAC
represents the next level of responsibility after the commander. He will assist in the plan development.
He will be personally in charge of the specifics of the mission.