A bodyguard is a highly trained security operative who protects his clients against personal attack, harassment or kidnapping. Close protection officers are contracted where there is a threat or potential threat to an individual's or group of individuals' safety. From high profile public appearances where unruly fans could harm a celebrity, to overseas business trips in politically unstable countries, close protection officers provide peace of mind and protection in risky situations. Depending on the particular situation, the contract may require overt (as an obvious, stated deterrent) or covert protection. Especially high risk situations will probably require both. Although the demographic of close protection officers is mostly male, female CPOs are often used in covert situations or where the client requires more discretion where they can more easily blend in as a member of the family or a girlfriend. Close protection has its own set of equipment.
Remuneration is often paid on a contractual basis so the Close Protection Officer is basically self-employed, only earning when he is on a job. A daily rate is common and the amount paid depends on the risk factor involved.
Low risk national operations pay from £300 - £400 per day.
Medium risk national operations pay around £400 - £500 per day.
High risk operations pay around £1000 per day.
Extremely high risk operations pay up to £1500 per day.