1st Edition

Protective Operations A Handbook for Security and Law Enforcement

By Glenn McGovern Copyright 2011
    222 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Protective Operations: A Handbook for Security and Law Enforcement is designed as a reference for law enforcement and security organizations tasked with protecting the welfare of an individual or groups of individuals. To be effective and professional, protective operations require the incorporation of a variety of skill sets. However, many departments and jurisdictions have only limited resources and training available. Filling this void, the book identifies issues particular to local law enforcement — and the private security teams that may be called in later — and offers suggestions and guidance for confronting high-threat scenarios as well as the more mundane protective details.


    • Details the essence of local law enforcement protective operations that are run, in large part, covertly
    • Examines threat assessment from both hostile organizations and unknown adversaries
    • Provides a solid understanding of operational security, situational awareness, and surveillance detection
    • Includes examples from real-world attacks occurring over the past sixty years
    • Reinforces the need for training in specific tactics and techniques
    • Emphasizes training for confronting the adversary
    • Focuses on the economics of providing the most protection for the least cost
    • Addresses issues surrounding possible direct violations of the law and department policy and procedures

    The author’s decades of training, research, and experience provide invaluable tested and proven protocols for keeping subjects safe in a hostile environment.

    Breaking the Mind Set

    Policy and Procedure Considerations
    Use of Force
    Leaving the Scene of a Shooting
    Duty to Provide Medical Attention
    Leaving the Scene of a Collision
    Use of Impact Weapons and Pepper Spray
    Emergency Vehicle Use
    Code 3 Equipment
    Qualified Immunity
    Specialized Vehicle Uses
    Specialized Weapon Use
    Explosive Device Incidents

    Weapons, Vehicles, and Equipment
    Basic Equipment
    Submachine Guns
    Long Guns
    Edged Weapons
    Other Equipment
    Medical Considerations
    Vehicle Maintenance
    Manufacturing Issues

    Training for the Adversary
    Physiological/Perception Changes and Effects on the Human Body
    Basic Concepts
    Immediate Action Drills
    Fire Superiority
    Breaking Contact
    Prolonged Engagements
    Ammunition Concerns
    Types of Attacks to Train for
    Training the Team
    Close-Quarter Battle
    Counter Sniper
    Edged-Weapon Attack
    Counter Booby Trap
    Counter Swarming
    Shooting from a Vehicle
    Motorcycle-Based Attacks
    Trauma Response
    Hand-to-Hand Basics
    Tactical Driving
    Practical Exercises
    Training to Conduct an Attack

    Assessing the Risk and Threat of Hostile Organizations
    Assessing a Hostile Organization
    The "What if" Analysis
    The "Red Team" Analysis
    Predictive Analysis
    The Targeted Attack Cycle

    The Protective Advance
    Static Locations
    In Transit
    Sniper Threat
    Threats from Explosives

    Operational Security (OPSEC)
    Routes and Advance Planning
    Safe Houses
    Team and Team Member OPSEC
    Situational Awareness

    Overt versus Covert Details

    Surveillance Detection
    Surveillance Basics
    The Surveillance Detection Process (Static and Mobile)
    Behavior Patterns
    Running the Surveillance Detection Operation
    Analytical Function
    Surveillance Detection Combined with Protection
    Passive Surveillance Detection
    Training for Surveillance Detection

    Levels of Protection and the Cessation of Protection




    Glenn McGovern is currently a senior investigator for one of the largest district attorney’s offices in California. Over his 20-plus year career he has worked as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal, police officer, deputy sheriff, and law enforcement specialist. He is the author of Targeted Violence: A Statistical and Tactical Analysis of Assassinations, Contract Killings, and Kidnappings (CRC Press, 2010). He also has authored several articles dealing with intelligence, targeted attack analysis, and SWAT-related subjects in periodicals, such as Law and Order, The Counter Terrorist, Police, and the Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. He also speaks on the issue of protective operations, specifically situational awareness, operational security, surveillance detection, and the tactics employed in these types of attacks.

    "McGovern stresses the importance of individual team members' training, using vivid, recent scenarios that resonate with the reader, and, further, addresses the personal and tactical aspects of various competencies and skills necessary for successful protection-related operations. The author places emphasis on making critical decisions by conducting proper threat assessments for safe and successful operations. Readers are constantly reminded that the mission in protection may be, and usually is, contrary to operators' former law enforcement or security training and instincts. One of the clear strengths of the book … is the use of realistic and credible scenarios. The actual scenarios sprinkled throughout each chapter … lend credibility to the work and provide excellent support to the central themes of each section. Overall, the book may challenge some readers' underlying assumptions and spark critical thought; it is thus an excellent basis for discussions in a classroom setting.  Security has a dearth of reliable sources, lacking a professional foundation of knowledge by credible authors. This work begins to fill that void."
    — Linda F. Florence, Ph.D., CPP, Dean of Strategic Security and Protection Management, Henry-Putnam University, in Journal of Strategic Security

    "The reader will appreciate the case studies that highlight and underscore relevant topics and concepts. Readers will also gain valuable knowledge and insight from the in-depth discussions of assessing risk and managing threats, conducting protective advances to prevent attacks, and operational security."
    —Ross D. Bulla, COO, PSP, in Security Management