Statewide Training Academy, Inc.    
"Excellence Through Training"

Level IV PPO Course

Level IV Personal Protection Officer (PPO)

COURSE TITLE:      Level IV Personal Protection Officer Course


COURSE TIME:       21 Hours


                                    SHOOTING COURSE

                                                         (includes ammo, paid range fee, hearing 
                                                          protection & eye protection etc.)


COURSE FEE:          $525.00

INCLUDED:              All course materials, use of Academy Firearms, all required
                                    Ammunition, Level IV Training Manual,
issuance of a two (2)
                                    course completion
certificates to successful students.  One will 
                                    be a "Level IV" Certificate and the other a "Firearms Proficiency"


AGE:                             21   (at the time of your application to the board)


DESCRIPTION:        This course covers the required State-Approved curriculum 
                                     required by
The Texas Department of Public Safety-
                                     Private Security Bureau
in order
to certify an officer as having 
                                     completed a course of study for Level IV
Training in 
                                     accordance with Chapter 1702 of the Texas Occupations 
Each sucessful student will be awarded two(2)
ertificates of Completion.  A "Level IV" Certificate and 
                                     a "Firearms Proficiency"Certificate.


FORMAT:                  Custom Developed Microsoft® PowerPoint Presentation
                                     of Level IV Training Manual.


DEFINITION:           A bodyguard is a person who protects someone (known as their principal) from personal assault, kidnapping, assassination, loss of confidential information, or other threats.


Bodyguards are typically armed and have expertise in unarmed combat, tactical driving, and first aid.  However, the most important skill for a bodyguard to possess is the ability to assess a situation and decide how best to respond to minimize danger to his principal.  Most important public figures are protected by serveral bodyguards who work together as a unit, using several vehicles and sometimes decoy vehicles to protect their principalLess important principals (or those with lower risk profiles) are generally accompanied by a single bodyguard, who may double as the principal's driver.  Higher profile celebrities, billonaires, or at-risk dignitaries usually require a detail of personal protection officers.  Usually, a detail of between two(2) to four(4) personal protection



This course will teach you the concepts of personal protection, dignitary protection, executive protection, and celebrity protection.  The concepts are sound and are considered "industry standard" in regards to providing plain-clothed armed bodyguard services to your clients.


If you are interested in becoming an armed personal protection officer (bodyguard) you will be required to attend fifteen(15) hours of classroom training and six(6) hours of firearms training in accordance with the rules set forth in Chapter 1702 of the Texas Occupations Code.


NOTE:  Chapter 1702 of The Texas Occupation Code requires that any applicant to the State of Texas whom is applying for a license to be a Personal Protection Officer must also be  a current Level III Commissioned Security Officer. (or at least be applying at the same time).  Additionally, the State of Texas also requires that any PPO applicant submit to and pass the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) test or equivalent (proof of completion of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory test shall be on the form of the board approved Declaration of Psychological and Emotional Health and shall be signed by a licensed psychologist).


This course includes instruction on the following topics:  Escape/Evade Training, Preplanning Routes and Alternatives, Travel Considerations, Profiling your Principal, Awareness Skills Training, State Licensing Requirements, Pocket Cards, Requirements to be a Commissioned Personal Protection Officer (Bodyguard) in Texas, Licensing of Companies, Violations by Commissioned Officers and Personal Protection Officers, Standards of Conduct, Function of Personal Protection Officers, Arrest Authority, Article 14.01 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 18.16 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 42.01 of Texas Penal Code, Chapter 9 Use of Deadly Force, Use of Force Concepts, Issues Relating to the Concealed Handgun License, Field Note Taking, Report Writing, Response to Emergency Situations, Hazardous Materials, Fire Recognition and Response, Bomb Threats, Terrorist Response, Accidents Involving Serious Injury or Harm, Public Perception of a Security Officer and PPO Officer, Conflict Resolution, Force Options, Five Step Hard Style, Radio Procedures, Handcuffing Techniques, and Firearms Training.


In addition this course will HEAVILY emphasize actual hands-on Defensive Tactics such as: Hand Strikes (palm & variations of punching), Elbow Strikes (vertical, horizontal, reverse, front and rear), Bear Hugs (front and rear), Hammerlocks, Defenses from Pushes, Throws and Counters, Escorts, Use of Augmenting Weapon (pressure point assistance, escorts, and strikes), Lines of Attack (1 thru 5, Triangle of Movement, Projectile, Kicking, Punching, Trapping, and Ground), Kicking Range (thai, round, stomp, open stance, closed stance, and proper blocking), Baton Strikes (verbalizing commands, "defanging the snake", baton retention and recovery), Confronting Edged Weapons, Practical Scenarios (one and two man team escorts), and Confronting and Avoiding Attackers.

State-of-the-art training is conducted in a safe classroom environment using the latest simulators.

Hypothetical situations are acted out with the use of safe, simulated weapons.


Actual "hands-on" training is conducted in the classroom.  For example, every student learns the basic procedures for safely removing the protected principal from any area of harm.


COURSE DESCRIPTION  Tactical Shooting Course will be INCLUDED in the Level IV Personal Protection Officer/Bodyguard Course.  Your tuition will include a paid range fee, use of Academy Handguns, ammunition, hearing protection, eye protection, and "hostage" targets.  Some of the course tactics will include close-quarter shooting techniques, tactical drawing techniques from concealed hosters, treat assesments in a shoot/no shoot situation, weapon clearning drills, moving and shooting, and shooting multiple threat targets. 

Instruction will also include "surgical shooting" with the use of the Academies M-4 (Mini AR-15) .223 calibur with Hostage Targets.