Level IV – Personal Protection Officer (PPO)

This is a 15-hour course that the Texas Department of Public Safety requires – Private Security Board. This course meets and exceeds the training requirements of the PSB for a Personal Protection Officer license which allows a security officer to work in a bodyguard position. Subjects covered include: how to protect the principal when alone or as a team, threat avoidance techniques, and how to plan and scout escape routes. Some defensive tactics, transportation tips, and the value and importance of proper planning and preplanning are taught.

  • Options in Personal Protection
  • Comprehensive Protection Planning
  • Coordination with local Authorities
  • Building a Client Profile
  • Rings of Protection
  • The Force Continuum
  • Sustainment Training
  • Unarmed Defensive Tactics
  • Private Security Act & Commission Rules
  • Texas Penal Code
  • Conflict Resolution & Avoidance
  • Public Perception
  • Arrest Authority
  • Use of Force & Deadly Force

Don’t Fool Yourself: Anyone can learn in a classroom, but it requires devotion and stamina to keep up with industry standards. 

Exceeding Limitations Set Down By Others


This is a 100% practical application course. There will be limited classroom instruction due to our teaching methods. We believe and have proven that teaching and retaining information comes from rehearsing.

“Our investment in you is your investment in your future.”

This course will teach you the concepts of personal protection, dignitary protection, and close protection. The concepts are sound and considered “industry standard” in regards to providing plain-clothed armed bodyguard services to your clients.

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Today Will Be Different

Upon completing the Broadsword Defense Texas Personal Protection Officer course, you may have the oppurtunity to become a Broadsword Secur On Demand Officer.

After completing the required State of Texas curriculum, you will be tested in two final exercises. These final exercises are conducted in a real world environment and will give you the utmost confidence in your abilities and understanding of your duties. 

  1. Lone Close Protection Officer
  2. Two-Man Team Protection Detail

Once completing the Level IV training, students will need to apply for their Personal Protection Officer Authorization through a licensed security company.

The application for PPO has the following Requirements:

  • MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) administered by a licensed psychiatrist
  • Must have a current Security Officer Commission in hand at the time applying for PPO. 

Upcoming Course Location (Dallas, Texas)       28-29 January 2023

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All exercises will be at unknown locations in Dallas Texas.

** Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion**

DPS-RSD Statement

DPS-RSD statement: Please be advised under the Private Security Act (Occ. Code Chapter 1702) and Administrative Rule 35.4 (37 Tex. Admin. Code 1), a criminal conviction may disqualify you from a registration, commission or license under the Act. You may wish to review Rule 35.4’s list of disqualifying offenses and the related periods of ineligibility, available on the department’s website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/psb/index.htm (follow the link to Administrative Code).  You also have a right to request from the department a criminal history evaluation letter under Occupations Code Section 53.102

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