Global Elite Group Provides Executive Protection in Advance of the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro

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Securing safe travel during site visits by delegates in a region known for heavy gang presence and crime.

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Contingency planning is an invaluable asset to any assignment and having multi layered preparations will ensure the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Global Elite Group(GEG) provides protection services to World Cup delegates during a recent site visit to Brazil for the games scheduled for June 2014. The security preparations for the world’s most anticipated rivalry, requires numerous visits to ensure the safety of the players and visitors who will arrive next year in Brazil. GEG known for its protection services around the globe provided security services for the World Cup personnel planning the security for the upcoming games in a country known for its beauty and its crime. “The scope of the service was to ensure the safety and security of all persons traveling to Rio, visiting multiple sites, through a weeklong stay,” stated William McGuire, President & CEO of Global Elite Group.

The closely guarded group required the use of translators, protective services and drivers as some support services needed for the trip. “This trip required a regional staff that knew the country in every sense. Once this was in place, extensive background investigations were carried out,” explained Joseph D’Ascoli, Director of Special Operations for GEG New York. When the details for the trip were addressed the group was able to travel to the most recognized and scenic landscapes in South America. “Many of the locations visited while famous and beautiful, were also located near crime ridden communities known as Favelas. It was an early indicator as to some of the possible challenges to security these games could face,” added D’Ascoli.

To prepare for a large group, visiting a region of the world with known security risks, takes a great deal of arrangements. “GEG places a premium on advance site visits. During the planning phase we reach out to local and federal authorities, when reliable, in advance of the trip. There is also a strict schedule to adhere to taking advantage of daylight hours, optimal travel times and to ensure there are enough vehicles for the duration of the trip. All of this attention to detail takes time and skill,” he said. Other considerations because foreign visitors can become a target is to map out routes away from high crime areas, thorough inspections of vehicles, multiple egress routes, pre inspection of facilities and secured communications are just some of the procedures used to mitigate the risks associated with high profile security protection services.

Contingency planning is an invaluable asset to any assignment and having multi-layered preparations will ensure the likelihood of a successful outcome. “Our staff is steeped in experience at every level of law enforcement and military experience earned in the most civilized and roughest regions of the world. Our programs incorporate experience with superior communications and technology usage.”

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