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Costs & Consumer information

Thank you for visiting the ISA web site.

ISA wants consumers to be fully informed and educated so we hope you will use the materials and publications we have made available here to make an informed decision on your security needs. Please be sure to read the article, “How to select a bodyguard,” in our publications library before you sign a contract with any provider.

When you decide to retain security services, your first step in the process should be to determine if you need the services of a single security assistant or a full protective detail. Please feel free to use the self threat assessment that we have made available to determine those requirements. ISA encourages those who feel they are in danger of personal harm to contact local law enforcement with your concerns.

If you have never used a protective detail in the past, please review the dignitary protection 101 slide presentation to learn how most reputable security details will operate. You may decide to go low profile or with a smaller security package.

We hope you find this information helpful and look forward to working with you in the future.

Why contract for outside dignitary services?

Most of our clients are visiting diplomats, CEOs, and other high-net worth or publicly known figures. Many of them already have a security detail or security manager and a trusted driver. But when traveling, the cost and logistics involved in moving the detail can be prohibitive and your security staff often do not know the environment or have the required licenses or credentials to operate legally in the area, increasing your liability and risk of embarrassment.

For those reasons ISA does not recommend that the full detail travel with our clients.  Instead, we believe having your personal security agent, who has knowledge of your medical history and of the procedures with which you’re comfortable, accompany you.  ISA will work with your staff to design a security plan for your visit and provide the resources and manpower you require.

The ISA cost calculator and levels of security guide

Please review our cost calculator and levels of protection guide to determine if your budget will meet your security needs.  We will work with you to build the best security program available for the money.

If you have any questions, please e-mail them to our staff or for a faster response, feel free to call us for advice, recommendations, or referrals.

TIER 1 – For higher threat levels, we offer the Tier 1 level of security. Tier 1 agents are required to have 10 or more years of experience and be former US Military Protective Service agents, former US Secret Service, and State Department Diplomatic Security agents. Tier 1A authorizes us to use law enforcement with the required training and experience.
TIER 2 – For medium or the average threat level, we offer Tier 2 level of security. Our agents are required to have 5 or more years of experience, be former US Military Protective Service agents, former US Secret Service, State Department Diplomatic Security agents, and law enforcement with the required training and experience. Tier 2A authorizes us to use agents with corporate executive protection backgrounds with the required training and experience.
TIER 3 – For low threat levels, we offer Tier 3 level of security. Our agents are required to have 1 to 5 years of experience, graduated from a nationally recognized training center and have at least one year of experience.
  • Manpower is computed by the number of agents times the daily rate.
  • Vehicles are computed at $350.00 per vehicle per day for an unarmored SUV.
  • A daily operations fee can range from $1,000.00 to $3,000.00 per day depending on the threat, hours worked, insurance requirements, special equipment required, and state permit fees and taxes.
12 Hour days – Armed Detail
$800.00-1,000.00 a day per agent
8-12 hours a day – Armed Detail
$600.00-800.00 a day per agent
8-12 Hour days – Armed Detail
$400.00-600.00 a day per agent
8-12 Hour days – Unarmed Detail
$300.00-500.00 a day per agent