I have just completed the Four Day London Close Protection CPD Course with G7 Tactical Training Ltd, and I have had a blast! My Knowledge of London was at an intermediate level before I started the course. However, I still had no idea of the depth of knowledge that is required for CP’s operating throughout Central London. I completed my CP training outside of London, so this course was a fantastic opportunity to gain all the knowledge needed for operating in such a busy and diverse city. Day one was spent orienteering around the major routes through central London. With regards to knowledge, we were left in the safe hands of a former SO14 Royalty Protection Officer turned Private Consultant operating in the area. Anything this gentlemen didn’t know, wasn’t worth knowing! There was no stone left unturned and we even got to see the famous SO14 in operation whilst driving around, a nice little touch! The evening was spent looking at the major hotels in the area, very interesting for someone who is used to staying at TravelLodges. Day two we were taken to the business lounges of Stansted and City Airport, and then to St. Pancras Station. This was a great insight into the procedures that are in place for arrivals and departures from a CP perspective. We were then out on foot, using public transport to get from A-to-B across London, taking the opportunity to use foot drills at every chance. We touched on hotels again, shopping across the famous Sloane St etc, casinos, gentlemen’s clubs, and much more. In the evening we were taken to the prestige bars and clubs of London, a great opportunity to introduce yourself to the managers, find out the procedures for VIP’s, and get their direct contact details. Day three we were out on foot again looking at shopping in the infamous Harrod’s, Harvey Nichols etc. This was a great eye-opener into the exclusive world of retail, and also how easy it is to get lost in Harrod’s. In the afternoon/evening we were given a briefing for a final exercise. Therefore we spent this time recceing the routes and locations for the next day. Day four we spent the majority of the day on final exercise in which we had to escort a VIP and their PA around Central London for the day. We were also lucky enough to spend four hours with a self defense instructor who gave us a fantastic lesson on defending ourselves and our clients from both unarmed and armed attackers. This was very useful and taught to an extremely high standard, it was a lot of fun to! In summary, this course is well worth doing even if you are familiar with London, as everything is related back to close protection. Shaun and he’s team at G7 Tactical Ltd are not only extremely knowledgeable in both executive and hostile environments, but very honest, reliable and friendly professionals. They made me feel very comfortable and confident on the training I received. Big thank you to Shaun Gowland and everyone that made this possible at G7 Tactical Ltd.