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HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT CLOSE PROTECTION OPERATIONS (HECPO)


  • Cost: £2000 including transfers in Poland, accommodation and catering. Flights are not included.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Assessment: Continuous assessment and practical examination
  • Qualification: SkyBridge Security Certificate

Additional info: This course is residential and held at a base in Poland allowing us to conduct training in highly realistic
settings with live ammunition and involving vehicles. The course is usually taken after completion of our SIA Close Protection Course or by existing close protection officers to extend their skills.


Disclaimer: Due to the nature of this course, we are required to conduct a thorough background check on all delegates.
You need to hold a current CRB. If you have been convicted of a serious crime or have a history of mental illness, you will
not be permitted to undertake this training. If in doubt, please contact us.

Tactical Firearms Training Provider

Close protection in hostile environments is significantly different from operations in relatively safe environments. Hence, training in advanced protection techniques, driving skills and proven tactics in reliable use of firearms is
essential to you and your client's security.

Our HECPO programme is unique in Europe as it is not limited to one specific approach - it has been created by the personnel of three leading specialist units in the UK routinely operating in hostile environments:

  • The Special Air Service (SAS)
  • The Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) – the only UK Special Forces unit employing female operatives
  • The Protection Command (incorporating SO1 Specialist Protection responsible for the personal protection of the      Prime Minister and other public officials under potential terrorist threat, SO14 Royalty Protection responsible for           the British Royal Family worldwide and SO6 Diplomatic Protection Group)

In line with the programme, our instructors are drawn from these units (including female operatives from the SRR), therefore offering our students unsurpassed quality and diversity of instruction.

Hostile Environment Close Protection Operations (HECPO)

This course is designed specifically for close protection operations in hostile environments with firearms training forming its integral part. Glock weapons are used on this course. 

Please note, this is not a general firearms course. Please refer to our Tactical Firearms Course for firearms specific training, including assault rifles.

Training examples:

  • Weapon training, including load/unload, tactical re-load, weapon stripping, drawing from concealed holster, stoppage shoot,
         multi-position shoot, single handed shoot, multi-target shoot.   
  • Anti-ambush drills
  • Vehicle security procedures
  • Vehicle team drills
  • Defensive driving
  • Various scenario training

In addition, evening lectures cover subjects inherent for hostile environment operations:

  • Situational awareness in hostile environments
  • Cultural awareness
  • Vehicle security procedures
  • Navigation skills, GPS and route planning
  • Medical packs, health and advanced first aid
  • Kidnap avoidance
  • K&R (Kidnap and ransom) hostage survival

We guarantee that ours is the most extensive and in-depth course available preparing you for almost any situation whilst protecting your principals in any hostile environment.

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to speak to one of our course instructors.

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