I’ve been travelling around the UK on a CP job for the past few months but was also lucky enough to be part of the security for the royal wedding, it’s not often I say I was glad I did a job but it was nice to see lots of flag waving royalists out on the streets of London wishing Kate and William a happy wedding day.
Several days after the wedding I received a call from a reporter from The Times newspaper, he was running an article on female bodyguards as Kate Middleton now had one, I was happy to talk to him and very pleased when the article ran the next day and almost quoted me word for word. He asked what made a good female bodyguard and why it was good for a female client to have one, toilets and changing rooms was online.
On my way back from a CP job in Scotland I was at Euston station lugging my suitcase down an escalator that wasn’t working. Half way down a male approached me and said can I carry that for you, yes please I said in shock, and at the bottom of the escalator I noticed he had an SIA license around his neck so obviously he was on his way to or from work. Thank you so much I said, my pleasure Jacquie Davis he replied, err how do you know my name I asked, I read the Circuit Magazine he said and then disappeared into the crowd on the platform. So whoever you were, thank you, it is a real pleasure to see chivalry isn’t dead.
At the moment I am writing this in a hotel room in the north of England, gales are blowing at seventy miles an hour and a volcanic ash cloud has stopped my Principal’s plane from taking off. My Principal is in fact leaning over my shoulder as they are cowering in my room scared of the horrendous noise from the gales blowing outside. The rest of my team is on duty protecting another Principal and probably me.
Sometimes, although you are off duty you are never really off, this is my time to catch up on paperwork, read my emails and get a bit of “me” time – very hard to do with said Principal in the same room insisting I carry on and pretend they are not there. The guy on RST has just put his head around the door asking if everything is all right – I’m now laughing as the Principal is flicking through the TV stations saying, “I hope I’m not getting in your way”, I’ll finish this later.
Principal now back in their own room with a cup of hot chocolate and a pep talk from me on how safe they are with the team surrounding their room and me being next door. Even though this is a low risk job, we still have to reassure the Principal that all is well within their world, but again it’s a lesson in CP diplomacy and how we have to drop everything for the client.
Summer may be a bit tough this year CP wise as the goings on in the Middle East are preventing some of our middle eastern clients from traveling at this time, so I wish you all well with work and remember, take what you can whilst you can. Just because you have a CP license it does not mean DS or festival work is beneath you, it’s a challenge and character building and a great way to network.
Until next time
Director of protective services