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Coates & Company, LLC

Coates & Company, LLC is a full service unarmed security firm that provides the highest quality and standards in the security industry.

Our Services

Clients requiring the finest in the business allocate a list of premium services ranging from consulting,executive protection, Security Guard Services and transport. Our motto is, "Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it."

Executive protection

This world can be a dangerous place for high-profile individuals, with the threats of assault, stalking, theft, kidnapping, invasion of privacy, and even assassination, a frightening reality. These people need additional Protection and heightened security measures that go well beyond the services of a bodyguard. This is where Executive Protection comes into play.

Read on to learn about Executive Protection services, who they protect, and what it means to work as an Executive Protection Agent—including duties, salary, and required skills and training.


Executive Protection (EP), also known as Close Protection (CP), refers to the private security and risk mitigation measures taken to maintain the safety of individuals (Principles) and their families, who may be exposed to elevated personal risk due to their employment, status, net worth, affiliations, or geographical location.


There is a common misconception that the only people who need Executive Protection are those with celebrity status. In reality, the people who need these types of heightened security measures extend far past Hollywood actors or chart-topping artists.

Anyone who is classified as ‘vulnerable’ due to their status, is a good fit for needing Executive Protection. This includes politicians or those with governmental influence, wealthy business professionals with high net worth, industry leaders with access to trade secrets, and high-profile individuals or families that attract unwanted attention.

The list below is a full outline of individuals who might require Executive Protection:

  • Political figures
  • Executives and CEOs
  • Dignitaries
  • Celebrities
  • Professional athletes
  • Musicians and performers
  • Wealthy individuals
  • Very Important People (VIPs)

An Executive Protection Agent—sometimes called an Executive Protection Specialist—is responsible for the planning and execution of keeping their client safe and out of harm's way. They are responsible for the overall security and protection of their client and often their families, and perform ongoing threat assessment, risk assessment, and vulnerability assessments.

The planning stage (or advance) of any Executive Protection program involves mapping out routes, understanding parking, entrances, and exits, and having a backup plan should any issues arise. Additionally, the role of an Agent can translate into a variety of responsibilities including driving and concierge services, event facilitation, liaising with hotels, airports, venues, and venue staff, and safeguarding highly sensitive and confidential security information. Agents, dependent upon circumstances, will be deployed singularly or as part of a larger team. The ability to work with a team and integrate quickly and seamlessly with other teams is an essential skill.

Executive Protection Agents are often required to travel domestically and internationally as part of their job, so they will need to be able to work long hours, including evenings and weekends. Agents can work for an Executive Protection firm or work for several firms as contractors, dependent upon legislative and licensing requirements.

Is An Executive Protection Agent The Same As A Bodyguard?

While there is some overlap in responsibilities, an Executive Protection Agent should not be mistaken for a bodyguard. Both roles involve protecting a client and keeping them safe from physical threats like assault, stalking, theft, kidnapping, invasion of privacy, and even assassination; however, bodyguards are more focused on acting when a situation arises (reactive), whereas Executive Protection Agents focus on risk mitigation strategies to keep their client out of harm’s way to begin with (proactive). Bodyguards are often used as a highly visible deterrent, rather than an integral part of the overall security and safety of the Principle.

Security Guard Services


At Coates & Company, we treat every client as a partner — not a number. We understand that each facility is unique in its security needs, and our strategic staffing model ensures that you receive a specialized security service plan specific to your site’s requirements.

Our security officers are supported through industry-leading training and an outstanding supervisory structure. We believe the success of our officers results in success for your facility, and nothing is more important than that.


Paladin provides complete turnkey security solutions with security officers who are trained to perform at the highest level. Through our industry-leading selection process and highly advanced, specialized training, Coates and Company is the highest client retention rate in the industry. Daily duties and functions are carried out diligently, and at the client and site supervisor’s discretion.

Our security officer services include:

  • Facility Security Management
  • Customer Service & Wayfinding
  • First Aid & Safety
  • Security Ambassadors
  • Compliance and Enforcement
  • Incident Management & Response
  • Access Control
  • Parking Enforcement

Our security officers are equipped to conduct various types of patrols, and to understand the advantages and disadvantages of these methods. We believe in teaching our officers customer service techniques and verbal de-escalation techniques along with the management of aggressive behaviour to ensure all safety and security measures are maintained.

Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it