In July 2014 I attended and completed the Longmoor Security Hostile Environment Close Protection Operators (HECPO) course. The course is conducted over 22 day’s continuous training and is split into 3 modules:
Module 1: First Person on Scene Intermediate (FPOSI) with Advanced Skills
Module 2: Close Protection Operators (CPO)
Module 3: Tactical Firearms (TFA)
All 3 modules were absolutely brilliant, the content was highly informative, correctly paced and the instructors, Chris and Tony (T Bone) Hughes delivered the course with enthusiasm, expertise, professionalism and a touch of well-placed humour.
The course isn’t for the faint hearted, you need to be prepared to graft and put in a shift because it consists of long hours in and out of the classroom, strong team work, plus additional hours in the evening for revision, project research and exercise preparation and planning.
The course content and quality of the instruction for me was second to none. You’re provided with excellent training that is designed by using lessons learnt from the real world. The VIP protection exercises are well planned and consist of a preparatory and final exercise both of which put you through your paces, but you are well mentored and the instructional value is immense. The FPOSI and CPO modules are conducted out of Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, this is an excellent training location with first class grounds and facilities.
The TFA module takes place in Slovenia, this was the icing on an already excellent cake. Long but gratifying days down the ranges where you undertake intensive training on the Glock 17 Pistol and the AK47 Assault Rifle. I can’t emphasise how enjoyable this was and how much experience and knowledge I gained form it. By the close of day 2 you are carrying out fire and movement exercises and by the end of the course you will have conducted individual and team body guard shoots and vehicle anti ambush drills. All the training is full bore, full on live firing and to finish off there are interest shoots on the Remington shotgun, the MP SMG and the .44 and .375 magnum revolvers. I can only say “absolutely brilliant stuff”
In summary, the training, the instruction, the instructors involved and the locations the training takes place in are all first class. I can honestly say this is one of the best prepared, informative and satisfying courses I have attended in recent years and I would unreservedly recommend it to anyone considering a career in the CPO world and who is looking for the best possible training provider.
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