Karl de la Guerra, a thirty six year veteran of the protective services industry, is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Karl de la Guerra, Inc., an international security consulting and protective services training company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Karl also operates KDI Protective Services of South Carolina, a licensed, state-wide private sector response agency providing specialized support services to security agencies and other organizations in need of high-level protection operations.
Karl's experience is a combination of military law enforcement, civilian law enforcement and international corporate security management. Throughout his career, Karl has maintained an emphasis on executive protection, anti/counter terrorism and tactical training. Beginning his career in the United States Air Force in 1979 as a law enforcement specialist, Karl was selected as a protective services officer providing personal bodyguard services to numerous senior ranking military officials and government dignitaries. This selection was a direct result of his certification in police SWAT and completion of a variety of military tactical operations courses.
Karl is a recognized instructor through the following agencies:
- Texas Commission on Law Enforcement - Monadnock Police Training Council
- United States Air Force - Northwestern University Traffic Institute
- North Carolina Private Protective Services Board - Air Transportation Association
- International Bodyguard & Security Services Association - National Rifle Association
- Guardian 8 (Enhanced Non-lethal Devices) - U. S. Department of Homeland Security/UNLV
During the mid 1980's, Karl was assigned to an active terrorist environment, where he headed a thirteen member police tactical unit in Southeast Asia for four years. Karl is the recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal, The Air Force Achievement Medal and the 6009th Security Police Training Squadron Commandant's Award. He also graduated with Honors from the Pacific Air Forces NCO Leadership School at Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines. Karl is a certified Military Technical Training Instructor.
Following a ten year enlistment in the military, Karl received an Honorable Discharge and entered into civilian law enforcement,
serving the citizens of Maricopa County, Arizona, as a community relations officer, tactical team member and criminal street gang specialist. Karl graduated with Honors from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Officer Detention Training Academy and is the recipient of numerous letters of commendation from the Sheriff and other senior department executives. He was awarded the Sheriff's Top Gun Award and Sheriff's Unit Citation.
Karl then entered into the private sector working in aviation security management at five airports in the United States, to include Sky Harbor, Denver International, Tucson International, Little Rock National and finally Salt Lake City International during the run-up of the 2012 Winter Olympics. Karl has also served as a U. S. Government security contractor (contract manager) assigned to the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service. Since 2004, Karl has been involved in security operations for the pharmaceutical industry, providing full service safety and security liaison support for large scale meetings and conferences on an international level.
Possessing a strong background in hospitality security, Karl is a Certified Lodging Security Supervisor (CLSS), a certification he obtained while working under Hilton's Waldorf=Astoria brand and the Starwood brand as a resort security supervisor and resort security director, respectively.
Among other courses, Karl is a graduate of the Executive Protection Institute (EPI) and Gunsite Training Center. He currently instructs two North Carolina Private Protective Services Board approved continuing education courses titled Executive Protection (course #11-660) and Active Shooter: Countering the Threat (course #14-929) that he created. Karl currently holds a Private Investigator license for the State of Washington and a Security Agency License in the State of South Carolina.
Karl is the representative in the U. S. for the International Bodyguard & Security Services Association (IBSSA) based in Budapest, Hungary, where Karl has returned for the past nine years to instruct each September at the Hungarian National Law Enforcement Academy on behalf of the IBSSA. In 2010, during a ceremony at a royal palace outside of Budapest, Karl received an Investiture of Knighthood into the Sovereign Order of Cyprus, a rare recognition for an American that Karl was extremely honored to receive.
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