When the successor to a current global leader began planning a three-week trip to several American cities, his team requested protective services from U.S. federal agencies, as had been provided during previous official visits. The agencies did not have the available resources and urged the leader to pursue other channels.
The Hillard Heintze Solution
A federal security executive suggested contacting Hillard Heintze – and the leader’s advisors reached out to our firm. We helped his team re-apply for U.S. agency support using additional intelligence from Hillard Heintze’s threat research and monitoring of open-source and other public media. The application also included extensive evidence of individuals who follow the dignitary when he travels overseas and are known for aggressive attempts to circumvent security cordons at public events and accost the principal. We paid careful attention to identifying anyone whose behaviors suggested that he or she might pose threats of violence, even if they had not directly communicated threats to the principal or to the authorities.
Impact on the Client
When the U.S. government again declined support, Hillard Heintze conducted round-the-clock protective services for the principal and his travel entourage for the entire trip. This included two- to six-person protective services teams on a 24-hour basis and advances for all the leader’s planned destinations before his arrival as well as unscheduled side-trips, as they occurred. It also included continued threat intelligence research and open-source monitoring as well as liaison with federal, state and local law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
The trip was a success – including the absence of any security incidents from the moment the leader stepped on U.S. soil until the wheels on his team’s departing flight lifted from the tarmac.
Unplugged: The Project Manager’s Post-Engagement Perspective
“We closely coordinated the visit with state fusion centers, the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Capitol Police, U.S. State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
For enhanced public safety, we facilitated police marked escorts equivalent to a government leader. This included a visit to the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C. with equivalent dignitary protocols arriving and departing as if he were a Head of State.”