Mingling with the rich and famous is part of the job for personal bodyguards

Left: Mr Edwin Cheong (front, in green sunglasses) providing protection services to swimmer Joseph Schooling during a victory parade in 2016 after the latter's Olympic win. PHOTO: FRANCIS CHNG Above: Ms Wendy Hon was part of the team protecting rock
Mr Edwin Cheong (front, in green sunglasses) providing protection services to swimmer Joseph Schooling during a victory parade in 2016 after the latter's Olympic win. PHOTO: FRANCIS CHNG
Left: Mr Edwin Cheong (front, in green sunglasses) providing protection services to swimmer Joseph Schooling during a victory parade in 2016 after the latter's Olympic win. PHOTO: FRANCIS CHNG Above: Ms Wendy Hon was part of the team protecting rock
Ms Wendy Hon was part of the team protecting rock band U2 when it was in Singapore about a month ago. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

As the private security industry looks to upscale and upskill by using technology to relieve security officers of the conventional and sometimes mundane jobs of patrolling and guarding, The Straits Times looks at some existing roles in the private security industry that break out of the mould.

They have rubbed shoulders with the likes of Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling, as well as other prominent figures such as former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan and billionaires.

But personal bodyguards Wendy Hon and Edwin Cheong live by a golden rule - always be professional.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2020, with the headline 'Mingling with the rich and famous is part of the job'. Print Edition | Subscribe