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Written in plain, no-nonsense terms, Bodyguard Principles is a "must-have", December 9, 2006
 
Reviewer: Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)
Written by professional security operations expert Frank Sciacca Jr., Bodyguard Principles is a straightforward, methodical manual on what it takes to be a bodyguard. Filled cover to cover with information on methods, concepts, and theories directly applicable to a profession with no room for error, Bodyguard Principles covers expectations for standard conduct, what skills are needed and expected (including investigative as well as protective skills), how to conduct a proper vehicle inspection, internet and online concerns, dealing with suspicious packages, and much more. Bodyguard Principles presupposes the reader has training in physical self-defense with or without weapons, and focuses upon the broader principles and methodologies of providing security rather than in-depth coverage of any martial arts. Written in plain, no-nonsense terms, Bodyguard Principles is a "must-have" for anyone seriously considering a career as a professional bodyguard or security provider.

 


 

 

Review from "Security Management Online"

March 2007

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http://www.securitymanagement.com/article/bodyguard-principles-protection-and-operational-planning

Bodyguard Principles: Protection and Operational Planning. By Frank Sciacca, Jr.; published by Infinity Publishing; available from www.bbotw.com (Web); 275 pages; $21.95.

Bodyguard Principles: Protection and Operational PlanningIn the world of personal protection, the main objective is the preservation of the client’s life and well-being. Anyone looking for a comprehensive guide to this evolving career path need look no further than this book. A thorough and well-developed work, Bodyguard Principles should appeal to a variety of readers.

It’s not okay to just call yourself a bodyguard and put out a shingle. In many circles, in fact, using the term “bodyguard” connotes a lack of professionalism. Gone are the days when size mattered; cognitive skills now trump sheer brawn. It’s the knowledge and experience that count, and this book delivers on the knowledge front.

Author Frank Sciacca, Jr., an experienced protection professional and instructor, organizes the text into well-written and exceptionally documented chapters. In systematic fashion, readers navigate the inner workings of the profession.

Outlining the many facets of personal protection, the author provides specific information on performing job-related tasks, communicating effectively, and planning strategically.

Bodyguard Principles stresses how security and investigation are synergistic. Each chapter emphasizes the rationale behind, and the importance of, training. Sciacca supports his points with lessons learned via personal experiences, which forcefully drive his messages home. Most impressive are the minutiae Sciacca has mastered and manages to convey to the reader.

It should be noted that the book’s publisher, Infinity Publishing, touts itself as a “self publishing system.” In other words, the book is self-published. Nonetheless, it is professionally presented, and the content is a far cry from the typical self-serving pabulum churned out by vanity presses.

Not everything here is new—many of the principles have been well discussed in earlier books—but Sciacca offers a fresh take, building on basic tenets with his advanced teachings. As such, this book is a valuable tool for all levels of protection professionals.

Reviewer: Det. Sgt. Brian L. Royster is a detective with the Organized Crime Bureau of the New Jersey State Police. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI/LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association) Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives, and a member of ASIS International.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In an industry saturated with amateurs, wannabes and self serving, egocentric pretenders, it is indeed refreshing when through the piles of "bullshit" ( or "@$%&#?" for the politically correct ) a bright beacon of empirical knowledge emerges. Such is the case of the recently published "Bodyguard Principles",  by a life long practitioner, Frank Sciacca Jr.

Mr. Sciacca has compiled in a comprehensive straight forward, matter of fact, manner the quintessential guide targeting the layman, professional and client alike. He has obviously been there, done it and lost the t-shirt. Twice ... I’d cover his "six" any day.

Bodyguard Principles will be easily identifiable by the "dog eared" appearance of it’s well worn pages. It is a must have for any personal protection professional.

G. F. Bryant Jr., CMAS, CHS-V

Executive Director

World Institute for Security Enhancement

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 If you are new to the field of Executive Protection/bodyguard, you will find a wealth of knowledge in this manual. For those who believe that being a large, strong, well armed martial artist will automatically qualify you for the position of professional bodyguard, you may find that the incredible amount of preparation necessary to be successful may discourage you. However, if you follow the advice given by this experienced practitioner, you will be better prepared to protect your client. You will also find that by using some of these tactics, you will most likely avoid many problems rather than have to respond to them. The difference between a professional and an amateur will be found in these pages. You will not be able to read this manual straight through, but you will find yourself using this as a reference tool for years to come. Frank speaks from experience, not theory or fantasy.

Jerry MacCauley PPS,CST

Assistant Director of Training

Sexton Executive Security, Inc.


“I’ve known Frank Sciacca for many years and had the pleasure of assisting him many times with security and investigations assignments throughout the world. There are no words to express who he is or the type of professional he represent. What I could say is, I never met a person with so much dedication and knowledge and I would follow this man to the end of the earth. If anyone knows Frank, I guarantee they would feel and say the same thing. Congratulations on your book. It’s about time you written it.

John Siems, Corporate Consultant


I have had the pleasure of dealing with Frank for a little over a year now. He is a extremely friendly person that is very easy to deal with and has a vast knowledge of the industries in which he works. He provides services to our community that are considered invaluable by the customers he works with. He holds ethics and customer confidentiality to the highest standards. If I ever was in the need for security service, I know without a doubt where I would turn.

Rebecca LaBrie, Account Executive , Tracers Information Specialists, Inc


Frank Sciacca Jr. - Author of Bodyguard Principles.

I purchased your book out of curiosity based on the information I read about on-line and in Security Management. I seen books come and go with every author trying to express their way is the only way. To be honest, I figured the cost of purchasing the book would be the same if I paid for a night at the movies.

After reading your book, I found myself realizing you didn’t brag about who you protected or make certain claims. From what I read and learned from the book is why I contacted you and asked you to sign my copy. Thank you very much and thank you for making me more aware of things. It makes my job easier. I recommended the book to everyone I know in the field of security in general.

Brandy Jennings, NY


 

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