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Protective Operations
A Handbook for Security and Law Enforcement

ISBN 9781439851715
Published March 22, 2011 by CRC Press
224 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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



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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