China's first 'private bodyguard' company set up in Zhengzhou

16:20, April 11, 2011      

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On April 10, China's first company specializing in bodyguard services was approved by related public security organs and set up in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province.

The private bodyguard business will be under the supervision of related public security departments, said an officer of the Henan Provincial Public Security Department.

According to a regulation issued by China's Ministry of Public Security in 2000, security companies are not allowed to provide private bodyguard services. That is to say, private bodyguards were illegal in the past, and the business was in a grey zone, said the head of a security company in Zhengzhou.

In the past few years, the issue of private bodyguards caught the government's attention. In February, 2010, the Ministry of Public Security issued a ruling and allowed security companies to provide body guard services.

Lv Wenqi, the head of the newly-built company, said it is not accurate to label the company's employees private bodyguards. He explained that we should call them security consultants who provide security and bodyguard services because a bodyguard is usually regarded as a kind of hit man by society.

Lv said his employees are mainly veterans and elites from martial arts schools as well as some champions of Wushu contests and graduates from sports schools.

Those employees of the company must receive strict training not only in skills but also in etiquette, driving as well as dealing with daily routines for employers. In addition, the cost of a security consultant is expensive. The most expensive employee who can provide round-the-clock and all-inclusive services costs as high as 300,000 yuan per year.

"Although we are employed, we won't act as hatchet men for employers. We have our own principles," said Lv Wenqi.

He added that security consultants will not just do as clients say but work according to their own rules. First, the employer must have a lawful business or social status. If the employer is doing illegal business, the company will not work for him even if he pays a huge some of money.

Second, the company usually signs an agreement with an employer. If the employer instigates the security consultants to do something wrong or criminal, the company has the right to ask him to make compensation.

By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online
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