Skip to main content

One of the things that you might see on here from now on is industry news from solid people we actually care about. With that is a course that a bunch of our readers who work in Close Protection might be interested in.

Solutions Group International is happy to announce we have opened our High Risk Dignitary Protection course to responsible armed citizens. The 4 day, 40 hour HRDP course provides focused, in depth instruction to prepare students for placement on an armed Protective Service Detail (PSD). Students will learn requisite skills for operations in high-threat and non-permissive environments, and will be immersed in rigorous, physically and sensorily challenging training scenarios to test those skills under stress.


The nature of this training will provide students with the background they need to implement contextual, responsive security profiles predicated on evolving threats.

The next HRDP class is scheduled for April 13-16.


Instruction will be provided by currently serving U.S. Department of State Dignitary and Diplomatic Security Service personnel. These instructors work CONUS and OCONUS in environments that range the threat scale. This course was created using the State Department’s DSS model, and was later approved the training of PSD operators providing security to a foreign diplomat and his family. The vast real world experience of SGI’s instructors combines with their ongoing work at home and abroad to ensure this class is kept completely up to date.

Some of the components of this class include (but are not limited to):

± Organization of a Protective Detail
± Current Terrorist and Criminal Threats
± Protective Operations Planning and Briefing
± Threat and Vulnerability Assessments
± Route and Site Security Surveys and Checklists
± Business, Home, Hotel, and Venue Security
± Advance Team Operations
± Protective Diamond Formations
± Vehicle Motorcade Operations
± Downed/Disabled Limo Recovery
± Driver-Down Drills
± Counter-Assault and Counter-Ambush Drills
± Attack on Principal – Drills
± Witness Protection and Transportation
± Combat Trauma Care – CTC
± Evasive Tactical Driving – ETD


You can learn more about the class, find the required equipment list, and enroll here on the SGI High Risk Dignitary Protection course page. Vehicles will be provided on range day unless you prefer to work with your own. Get a look at the state of the art training facilities and ranges contained within our Regional Training Center. Connect with DSS on social media to learn a little more about what they do, @statedeptdss.

Note: Although the course has evolved in response to emergent threats, you can learn more about this class in a previous article that appeared in a 2015 issue of the SureFire Combat Tactics magazine.

If you stay ready, you never have to get ready.