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Protective Operations

A Handbook for Security and Law Enforcement, 1st Edition

By Glenn McGovern

CRC Press

204 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

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



About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
LAW / Forensic Science
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security