November 6, 2019
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The partnership is based on trust and credibility, understanding that either company would only refer a distant service to their clients of the same standard as their own. The similarities don't stop there! Along with the ethos and attention to detail, PFC Group of Companies have an expansive network of verified vendors and services that they provide.
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September 3, 2018
Returning from Iraq after her time as a private military contractor and ending her career in the military, Neryl Joyce looked for a new career that would professionally challenge and motivate her like her previous roles. She made an unusual move and became an Operations Manager at the Christmas Island Detention Centre where she faced an intense couple of years.
In this episode, find out how Neryl dealt with being in a high intensity environment while explaining the conditions of the centre and how she handled some high profile incidents.
(See here for episode 1 of this discussion)
- Conditions of the Christmas Island Detention Centre
- Dealing with a high intensity environment that has no policies and procedures
- Safety and security issues
- Negotiating with refugees
- The December 2010 refugee boat incident
- How to process extreme situations
- Working on the new Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre
- Mercenary Mum - Neryl’s journey from young mother to Baghdad bodyguard
- What it takes to be a good leader
August 20, 2018
Working within the male dominated field of defence and surrounded by boy’s club culture, Neryl Attkins faced many challenges. Her journey as a woman in the armed forces made it harder for her to be heard and stand her ground in particular situations.
In this episode, you will hear Neryl’s incredible journey, discharging from the Australian Army to become a private military contractor and how she dealt with numerous events, such as protecting Tier 1 targets in Baghdad and the Root Irish incident, where she lost some close colleagues.
- Working as an Australian Army officer
- Her time in the Australian Army’s elite close personal protection unit.
- How the Australian Army close personal protection operatives course differs from Ronin SA
- Moving from the Australian Military Police to a private military contractor in Iraq
- Protecting the Iraqi Electoral Commissioners - VIP’s with Tier 1 targets
- Realisation of being in a war zone
- Root Irish incident explained
- Criticism of management during the Root Irish incident
- What should security operatives take away from this Root Irish incident
- Identifying risks without fear from backlash
- Completing Ronin SA after her time in the force.
- Taking back control when feeling powerless after the Root Irish incident
August 6, 2018
Troy Claydon and Steve Albritton delve deep into setting up your own security industry business. If you’re even thinking about starting your own security business, this episode is a must.
Not only do they discuss how to open a security business in Australia and the United States of America, but they also get real honest when talking about their own mistakes and give you set of essential tips needed to get you started.
- You can own your own business and just be you
- Approximately, 80% of businesses within the security world are contractors
- Mistakes Troy and Steve made when starting out
- A mentor is a must
- The one biggest mistake that’ll ruin your name/company
- Not every competitor is an enemy
- Partnering up
- A word on licensing
- Insurance is a must
- Be prepared to float yourself
- Marketing is all about finding the right tactic
- Art to networking – Don’t be a leach
- Basic tips for newcomers
- Upskill and continue to train
July 23, 2018
Former stunt actor, Russell Price, has worked alongside some of the greatest martial arts actors in the world, like Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Aside from his work as a stunt actor, he has an impressive resume with 10 years in the British Royal Marines, 40 years in the martial arts space and 23 years working within the security industry internationally. Not to mention, he has a 6-dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2015.
In this podcast, Russ discusses how his previous experiences have shaped his work in the security industry while giving you some practical tips to looks out for when travelling.
- How martial arts can help shape a career in security
- Acting with Jet Li in one of the coolest fight scenes you’ll see in a movie
- Working with Jackie Chan
- Why prominent people like Jean-Claude Van Damme need close protection services
- How to stay alert when travelling
- Working with the U.S Secret Services and the European Dignitary Protection Unit
- Challenges faced when emigrating from the U.K to Australia in the security world
- Camp Black - the reboot for brain and body retreat
- Ebook – The Seven Golden Secrets
July 12, 2018
We’re excited to introduce co-host, Steven Albritton, to our listeners. Steve is the principal owner of OPStructure, based out of Florida. He has vast experience in the security world, not only in the USA but internationally. Executive protection is a very different ball game in the USA, so it will be great to get Steve’s view on particular topics and past experiences working within and outside of the USA.
Troy and Steve will be bringing you key professionals at the top of their game in specific industries to discuss key safety and security issues.
- Politics moulding the security industry
- OBStructure overview
- Challenges faced by smaller executive protection companies
- Update on Panoptic Solutions
- What to expect moving forward
June 26, 2018
Ronin is one of (if not the most) renowned civilian training academies for protection training globally. Located in Cape Town South Africa, the academy has an unmatched environment that covers all aspects of protection training from firearm competency training to experiencing frontline ambulance shifts, all in the heart of South Africa and its unpredictable climate.
In this episode, you’ll hear from the founder of Ronin, Timm Smith, who has an unprecedented CV within the personal protection arena. You'll learn all about Timm’s journey, the creation of Ronin and its high standards while learning what it takes to be a Ronin student and graduate.
- Differences between the UK and the US for close protection training
- The evolution of close protection training
- Battles within a unified war
- Bringing the medical aspect into the protection space
- Despite Ronin’s strict application process, their high standards mean 25% of students do not make it to graduation
- What makes a great Ronin student
- How do highly qualified doctors hold up against Ronin’s standards
- What’s next for Ronin?
June 18, 2018
Sorry to have left you hanging - we’ve been on a quick breather due to the workload with clients across multiple countries. We’re back, and we’ve made some exciting new changes to the format of our podcast.
In this podcast, you’ll find out about our changes, hear our outstanding lineup of guest speakers for the next several weeks and get a quick update on Panoptic Solutions.
- What’s been happening.
- Our latest lineup of guests to appear on the show
- Announcing a new part time co-host.
- Update on Panoptic Solutions
- Missing persons case, Annapuranee Jenkins.
- Quick note on ANZAC Day.
March 2, 2018
When we think of stalkers and death threats we tend to think of it as being a problem for high profile personalities or celebrities. Most situations involving ‘normal’ people rarely make the news unless the circumstances are drastic but it is a problem much more common that most of us realise.
In this podcast, we look at the nature of stalking and stalkers and how to respond to stalking situations.
- The Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2012 did a survey and they reported that one in five women will experience stalking at some stage in their life and one in thirteen men will actually experience stalking in their life.
- 95% of cases where women are stalked involve men as the perpetrator while male victims have a more even split with men and women roughly accounting for 50% of the perpetrator count.
- What are the four stalker profile types?
- Seven Actions To Take If You Suspect You Are Being Stalked
- Stalkers are irrational and unpredictable and often mentally unstable so it’s best to get the experts involved as early as possible.
February 23, 2018
Are you aware that up to 2,000 people around the world are currently being held against their will in one form or another? Or that somewhere between 12,000 and 15,000 people a year are kidnapped for ransom or held hostage? The fact is, risk is ever present whoever and wherever you are, and being prepared to deal with a situation like detainment, kidnapping or surviving captivity can never be a bad thing. Luckily, there are organisations that provide training for these eventualities and today we chat with a course instructor from the adverse environments team at Panoptic Solutions about the kinds of strategies he recommends.
- Everyone is at risk of captivity
- The differences between being illegally kidnapped for ransom or held hostage (where you’re a captive) versus being pulled over by the police for speeding and legally taken to the station (where you’re a detainee).
- Developing situational awareness
- Why preparation is key
- What to do in the event of capture