Although a bodyguard's ultimate responsibility is relatively straightforward—to protect a client from danger—there are a wide variety of tasks involved in this assignment. Bodyguards are part personal aide and part police officer. As personal aides, bodyguards help plan and implement schedules; as police officers, they protect their clients at public or private events. They often act in their client's business and publicity interests, as well; stories of camera-snatching bodyguards have become common fodder for the gossip pages.

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