Considerations when conducting an Advance on a Venue. When in Doubt, always reference the Basics.

Advance Assessment 


-Prior to arrival phone the site manager/POC at Venue. 


-Upon arrival contact site manager/POC involved with the visit.


-Identify primary and alternate entrance/exits to location. 


-Identify primary and alternate entrance/departure areas.


-Set up barricades (traffic cones) if permitted. 


-Identify parking area for motorcade.


-Identify location for Advance/stash car.


-Check location and foot route principle will use. 


-Identify location of restroom.


-Identify possible safe haven or private room for VIP use and confirm access to land line phone or verify that you have cell phone service. 


-Identify nearest fire exits and equipment. 


-Are there keys to the door and elevators. Who controls access?


-Check security of venue. Are there additional security personnel? If so how many? Is local law enforcement available to assist on location? 


-Venue security's radio channel or Spare Venue security radio to monitor traffic or relay critical information.


-Identify the number of agents allowed to enter site and posting/access control requirements.


-Is your team allowed to be armed at or in the Venue?


-Identify who will be allowed access to the site and does the venue require access badges? Confirm they have enough access badges for your team and clients staff.


-Coordinate with other protective details. 


-Identify primary and alternate motorcade routes, include travel time.


-Conduct security analysis of route.


-Identify travel at the exact time of motorcade routes.


-Identify the nearest hospital, route, travel time, and phone numbers.


-Identify nearest police stations, route, travel time, and phone numbers.


-Conduct room advance, EOD sweep, TSCM sweep, seating, etc.


-Dining venue/Meals(prepayment of the bill for security)Detail served first.


-Complete name checks on personnel geographically close to principle.


-Identify any other security requirements. Is there a press corps? How many people will be at the site? How long will the principle remain? Changes to the threat briefing/etc.


-Is the site secure?


-Stash car?


Advanced Planning 


-Site address or GPS pin drop/ location. Include map.


-Make physical survey of the area.


-Identify danger areas of venue.


-Identify POC of site during time of event.


-Establish who will be allowed access to the site and how many people in total for the event.


-Coordinate with other security on site.


-Identify primary and alternate (vehicular & foot) routes to and from site.


-Parking/staging plan for vehicles.


-Identify choke points along the route.


-Identify Police, fire, and hospitals along the route.


-Identify all entrances/avenues of approach into the site.


-Identify locations for observation posts/security post and number of security personnel to support site.


-Identify primary and alternate foot emergency evacuation routes.


-Identify rally points.


-Identify E&E corridor.


-Technical or nontechnical EOD sweep of the site.


-Locate the nearest hospital, route, phone number.


-Location of the nearest police station/reactionary force/staging area.


-Location if the nearest toilet or Greenroom/comfort area for agents.


-Location of nearest safe haven.


-Time on site.


-Abort criteria.


-Weather considerations.


-Review "Persons of Interests" / Be on the look out-BOLO's.


-Protection Intelligence brief/update.





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