The CEO/President of Strategic Intelligence Solutions, Patrick Cox @ 09/05/2018 03:19

We’ve only attended Independent Security Advisors (ISA) training school for the dignitary protection training and we can only elaborate on the instructor Matthew Parker, his course curriculum and training tactics. And our conclusion is that ISA training exceeds the basic fundamental of EP.

November 18-24 of 2013, we attended ISA dignitary/executive protection training—March 2018, we attended ISA for the executive protection refresher course which was held at George Mason University in Virginia. Overall, we are pleased with the training and highly recommend ISA for your executive/close protection training and certification.

We selected to attend ISA because it has a unique training method that stands out from rest. Their training programs are the ONLY training in the nation that provides participants with a certificate that actually holds value in the Security Industry.

The CEO/President of Strategic Intelligence Solutions, Patrick Cox completed his seven-day training in Dignitary Protection in Maryland at the Prince George’s County Police Training Academy.

Students who successfully completed the training all obtained a certificate from ISA honored by Prince George’s County Maryland Police Training and Education Division. In addition, the certificate is accredited by the Maryland Police Training Commission with 53 service hours which is transferable into credits for participants interested in furthering their education.

The experience is extremely informative and will provide you with the real-life knowledge that you can apply immediately in real life situations as it relates to protection, security, risk mitigation/assessment, surveillance, operations management, and threat analysis.

ISA in partnership with Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security assists students to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Security and Protection Management. By combining A ISA course with the Henley-Putnam web-based training program students receive both hands-on and theoretical foundation of dignitary and executive protection and they hope this partnership with an institution of higher learning is the first step in establishing a recognized national standard in Executive Protection training and accreditation.

This means members of law enforcement may also receive in-service training credits, and all students that already have an AA degree will receive credit towards a BA from Henley-Putnam. ISA program graduates will also earn scholarships towards Henley-Putnam Program.

In addition, (ISA) is a premier security consulting firm that specializes in Dignitary/Executive Protection, Security Consulting, Risk Assessment/Management, just to name a few.

Finally, ISA programs were vetted and accredited by law enforcement training commissions, now have been accepted as foundational core courses in the upper-level Strategic Security and Protection Management degree program.

Mike Dean @ 06/12/2018 05:14

A message of thanks to Matt Parker.
I just graduated your program in March at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The entire week was stressful. Everything changing last minute, long days, etc. We knew why that was and we adapted and overcame.

Fast forward to a recent detail I did for a Supreme Court Justice the other night. It was exactly like the capstone we did in class.

The principal liked to play it loose and didn’t want to be crowded. He preferred to go up stairs instead of elevators. Every contingency plan was used. He entered and exited different doors than we had planned.

I lead our team and worked well with the SCPOTUS detail, but even they knew how he was. Long story short, it was Matt’s class that allowed myself, Ed Gannon, and Andy Sanavaitis – all recent graduates of the same class, to stand tall and roll with the punches.

Thanks again for a great class, Matt!

Keith Weekes @ 04/04/2018 02:38

The 7 day Dignitary Protection class was outstanding. Matthew Parker is a great instructor with real-world knowledge. The course is fast paced, there’s a lot of information coming at you in those 7 days but it’s all presented in a manner that allows you to process & retain it. If you’re motivated, I highly recommend this course. Whether you’re a professional already in the industry looking to expand your skill set or just starting out; you will walk away with increased knowledge and new confidence in your abilities.

Lorelee Thurman

Lorelee Thurman;

Absolutely epic!! Ok, so, this is how it all started,…Day One, straight outta the plane and into the “think tank”. We were going over how to do proper in-depth threat assessments with Matthew Parker, CEO/President of ISA, who put this entire course altogether and was doing a fabulous job by the way, and then at some point along the way, I suddenly saw Joe Autera, CEO/President of VDI, on the screen going over vehicle dynamics and how that all fits into executive protection details. He is amazing!! It’s the only course I’d ever recommend for driving techniques. It was nice to see him again! Scanning the room, who do I see? Ron Sable, former SOF Green Beret and my classmate from Eric Parker’s, #SelectInternational (PDS0416). Gotcha. LOL! But of course, there was a few graduates of Select International there.

The CEO/President and sponsor of the event, Chris Coleman, of Red 5 Security, was also a guest speaker. He was CAT Team Trainer for the CIA and a former FBI agent. Unbelievable start to a great week ahead from Day One and Two in a room full of heavy hitters and industry leaders. But, little did I know, there was so much more to come. Just wow.

I believe this was Day 3 when we were going over formations, cover/evac, attacks, mission planning, motorcades, more threat assessments and intel gathering. More group assignments that seemed impossible to complete. Out on the field most of the day in 28-degree weather. And of course, nothing is as it seems and then just when you thought you got a handle on things, everything switches last minute. Surprise! Kinda like what really happens in real time security details. 🙄 The drills were challenging, timed, and repeated until completed correctly by everyone. It was nice to see Carl, former US Secret Service, of Red 5 Security again and hear his story. I haven’t seen him since the IPSB 2017 Close Protection Conference in Las Vegas. Loved the question/answer session! He is a world of knowledge. But overall, the day was intense, thought-provoking, and at times, physically demanding. It’s a 511 cargo pants kinda day, and it’s best to leave the heels at home for this one. Great day! Thank you, Matthew Parker!

Christopher Storm

Christopher Storm

I.S.A. is a Professional organization that sets the standards for Protection training schools.

Samuel R. Ingram III

Samuel R. Ingram III

It was a privilege to learn under the tutelage of Matthew Parker and now be considered an alum of an accredited course such as Independent Security Advisors Dignitary Protection Studies Program. The amount of information taught and conveyed in just one day of instruction equals out to what others stretch out for an entire course week, no exaggeration!! Now multiply that by seven days and you have this course.

There were many lessons in every single objective. This course will break you down and build you right back up. The think tank style of instruction and course setup challenged the entire class to work together through adversity, sometimes aggression, real-life stress, mental/physical fatigue and sleep deprivation.

The past week’s curriculum and coursework were overloaded with real-life threat assessments, risk mitigation skill building, practical and detailed advancing/site surveys, mission planning and operations, drone surveillance applications, formations, motorcade work, AOP drills, fence line drills, and practical OSINT applications.

I’m appreciative of the skills that were honed, the relationships that were garnered, and the knowledge that was consumed. I can’t speak any higher of the instruction or course. Truly and wholeheartedly my best training experience, yet.

Ahmad Ingram

Ahmad Ingram

I had the privilege of attending Independent Security Advisors Dignitary Protection Studies Program. 7 long and full days of jam-packed with stress-related real-world tactics.

This course will definitely break you down in ways you could never have imagined. This course put emphasis on why things are done the way they are in the protection field.

I’m much appreciative of the skills obtained in this course as well as the networks I obtained while attending. I highly recommend this course to any protector looking to experience the ins and the outs of Dignitary Protection.

Joshua Philippus

Joshua Philippus:

I just graduated Mr. Parker’s Executive/ Dignitary Protection course. It was 7 days of long hours, extensive training, and all around work. That being said; at the end of those seven days, I feel my skill set has expanded quite a bit and I’ve made a few new friends in the industry. This class was phenomenal. If you have the time and the resources I would highly recommend attending one of Mr. Parker’s courses.

This was an amazing opportunity for which I am incredibly grateful. Studying under Matthew Parker, meeting, training, and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds coming together with a common goal was phenomenal. I look forward to working with you all again somewhere down the line.

Mike Dean

Your training is only as good as your trainer. Luckily we had Matt! Thanks for your patience with us during the week. Definitely well worth it!

Charles Reinhold @ 03/22/2018 11:04

You will not find a better training program than Independent Security Advisors! Having taken the initial 7 Day Dignitary & Executive Protection course years ago, observed multiple training sessions, and gone through refresher training with ISA, I have found improvements made each year that enable the practitioner to remain up to date on current and emerging threats, tactics, techniques, and procedures. Mr. Parker and his team bring in multiple subject matter experts, and guests from multiple disciplines including: Technical Surveillance/Technical Surveillance Counter Measures; Unmanned Arial Surveillance (UAS) offensive and defensive use; and many more. His student body and alumni consist of Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement, Inter-agency, as well as corporate, and private security; each of whom add to each class from their unique perspectives, and offer unmatched networking opportunities. I will definitely take advantage of as many training opportunities offered by ISA as possible.