Can anyone work as a "bodyguard?"
NO! In the State of Texas, you must be licensed and certified as a "PPO," through the Texas Dept. of Public Safety Private Security Board.
As a company owner, can I hire my friend as a bodyguard?
Bodyguards must be licensed, fully certified through D.P.S., and working by "contract" through a licensed and registered Security Firm. "Freelancing," or working independently as a Bodyguard is illegal.
Can I work as a bodyguard with a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) ?
NO! A Texas CHL was designed for your own "personal protection," and not for the protection of a 3rd party. A CHL has many restrictions that a PPO license does not have. The State of Texas requires you to be licensed as a "PPO," if you are working a "security related" position and in "plain clothes," protecting people. If you are working in a "security" type uniform, you must be registered as a "security officer" with D.P.S., and other regulations apply.
Is there a minimum "size requirement" for Bodyguard applicants ?
NO! Size is not a "determining factor." We have all seen the "big guys" taken down by the "smaller guy," who knew what he was doing. Contrary to popular belief, all Bodyguards are not 7ft. tall and 300lbs. Take a look at the U.S. Secret Service website. You may note that most of the special agents are average to above average size, with "athletic builds." Make no mistake, however, that these guys can handle themselves. We would rather train someone with "brains," than "brawn." Any muscle bound individual can shove someone through a wall, but, after the fact, the client is left with a law suit and the hassle of finding a replacement.
What makes a "good" Bodyguard ?
In my opinion, it's the ability to discern a threat and effectively avoid it. This take training, skill, and experience. Social skills, self defense, communications, fitness, and specialized training in other areas are significant factors, but play secondary roles to "detection" and "prevention."