The Orders Procedure

After a TA (Threat Assessment) has been compiled and you have agreed to take on the client, orders need to be drawn up for the operation. The term ‘orders’ is used to describe the planning, preparation and operational procedures for the operation. When the orders for the operation has been compiled, you need to brief the whole security team on the operation and go into detail what their individual responsibilities are. The orders for the operation need to be kept in a secure and confidential. The following pages outline an example orders for an operation. This is a sequence for a set of quick orders; these may be used when you do not have time for a full orders sequence.

Close Protection Orders


Overall Sequence

1. Ground

2. Situation:

  • Program
  • The client
  • The threat
  • The enemy
  • Friendly forces
  • Responsibilities

3. Mission

4. Execution

5. Service Support

6. Command and Signals


Quick Orders
  1. Threat
  2. Ground:
  • Local areas
  • Principle residence location
  • Safe houses
  • Grounds
  • Office locations
  • Routes
  • Places regularly frequented
  1. Client’s Program:
  1. Timings
  1. Manpower and responsibilities
  2. Liaison
  3. The client:
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Medical
  • Habits
  • Marital status
  • Family
  • Hobbies
  • Background
  1. Logistics:
  • Client’s Vehicle
  • Team transport
  • Feeding
  • Dress
  • Accommodation
  • Weapons and ammunition
  1. Weather
  2. Enemies and their M/O
  • Shooting
  • Bombing
  • Kidnap
  • Embarrass
  • Day/night
  • Most likely time of attack
  1. Assessment of tasks
  1. Conclusions