Global Elite Group Expands Customized Security Services to Visiting Foreign Dignitaries Utilizing Experience and Technology

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Every detail provides protection worthy of a king as program expands.

Global Elite Group Command Center

We take a layered approach to security which involves our specialized security agents, sensitive monitoring technology and command center support services ensuring all pieces fall into place.

When a head of state or dignitary from a foreign country visits, expectations for security run high. Global Elite Group (GEG) is a company specializing in providing protection services to complement existing law enforcement involvement or manage the entire detail. This highly sought after service has developed from over a decade of experience in the protection business, military and law enforcement industries. New York City is the Mecca for such visits; especially when foreign dignitaries on short notice need protection, for any reason. "Our professional agents have all been screened and come from backgrounds in local, state, federal law enforcement, military service or related private security services. Our company standards include top physical fitness, keen awareness and eyesight, excellent hearing, professional appearance dictated by the assignment and continual training," stated William McGuire, President & CEO of Global Elite Group.

The U.N. brings a great many of those visiting heads of state to the U.S., but not every visitor invited to speak at the U.N. will travel with a security detail, this is where GEG comes in. With less than 24-hours notice, GEG can mobilize a skilled team. "We take a layered approach to security which involves our specialized security agents, sensitive monitoring technology and command center support services ensuring all pieces fall into place," explained McGuire. The added technology component and canine explosives detection units have been increasingly relied on as part of the services offered high-profile cliental.

Visits are generally well publicized which also means there are risks involved. GEG has on occasion used access control technology during crowded events in areas the person will be visiting, monitoring of the location with sensitive detection equipment, agents outfitted with portable GPS tracking technology, secure communications channels and areas swept prior to the arrival of the client, depending on the threat level are just some of the ways the services have expanded. "With our experience in handling many visiting heads-of-state we were able to put a security plan in place to mitigate any potential risks," continued McGuire.

With any high profile visitor open communications is vital to a successful outcome. Advance notice is not always available and GEG knows this as it has worked under very tight timelines. "The security plan starts with openness. Our clients need to simply communicate their schedules such as the event, location and be as open as possible. From there our agents put together a threat assessment and mobilize the appropriate members of the security team based on the associated risks," explained McGuire. Executive protection and corporate security programs for international travel and location visits will focus on the ability to recognize potentially dangerous situations, learning to remain calm under pressure and understanding of the risks while learning how to eliminate them.

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