ED Magedson – Founder
Blue Line Protection Group LLCColorado Springs, Denver, Colorado USA
Blue Line Protection Group LLC/Colorado Military Fitness & Self Defense Blue Line Protection Group LLC Ted Daniels Colorado Military Fitness Colorado Springs, Denver Colorado
DISCLAIMER: This report was written with the intent of saving would-be victims and those seeking genuine protection services from being had by a professional con. The protection industry is made possible as a service to provide for people who may not even be capable of fending for themselves. Unfortunately due to the lack of standardization in the industry, it is all too easy for wannabes and charlatans to feed upon the reputations & accomplishments of others while aimlessly drifting in their own delusional macho fantasies. One of the last things security professionals need is someone like this creating a bad image for the community and on behalf of those who take on jobs so that others may be safe and secure.
As a former student of the company founder Ted Daniels' "executive protection training", I have all the reasons in the world to let the public in on a few little secrets about this outfit and what its founder doesn't want you to know. Formerly known as the soon-to-be-defunct Colorado Military Fitness & Self Defense based out of Colorado Springs, Blue Line Protection Group LLC is essentially a new up and coming "bodyguard" agency as of September 2013. I can personally attest to the deceptive tactics which comprise this so-called business and why it is important for not only potential trainees but also potential clientele to become informed of this disgraceful sham. Below:
Who is Ted Daniels? He claims to be someone of many different hats from his life's past. A former cop of 15 years trained "in every aspect of law enforcement", a combat soldier Purple Heart recipient, and most notably a (supposedly) retired celebrity bodyguard. Ted is very fond of making grandiose bold claims that in many instances are not verifiable or have not been proven to be true, despite the fact that he makes widespread note of these. One example is his claim to the use of the title "Deputy Chief of Police" of Maryland. Other instances involve Ted exaggerating actual documented situations in his life to bolster his own credibility and or overall character. A handful of inividuals such as myself have been informed of Ted's stories regarding his military service and the reasons for why and exactly how he was awarded the Purple Heart medal. If you come across Ted informing you of how this came about, he may just tell you a little white lie that he was "left behind" alone on enemy lines in Rambo-esque fashion. This is evidenced by two factors: 1) Fellow members of Ted's combat unit and the testimonies of what they themselves witnessed, and 2) It is logically incosistent with his documented behavior in his YouTube video, where he can be heard repeadetly crying out for help and saying "I'm hit!". Ted's background claims are a major selling point for his business whether they are partially factual or completely false altogether and/or unproven.
How Mr. Daniel's seems fit to conduct business. He charges approximately $575.00 to become "certified" in executive protection, or to basically qualify motivated people to begin working in the bodyguard industry. While this may seem appealing to those who have come across other courses listed in the $850 or more range, the low price would in this specific instance indicate exactly what you are going to get when you pay for it.
Commonly listed in posted ads for this course you would think you were going to get in on a bundle: Pepper spray, baton, handcuffing, and taser certs along with training in defensive tactics/martial arts, firearms, and teamwork tactics. Based on my experiences with Ted you would be lucky if you got more than three of these included in your experience. You would be extra fortunate if you received any certification for completing anything within the course.
The course is touted to have about 40 hours of training packed into it and "not just anyone" is accepted. In the likelihood Mr. Daniels does not approve of your personality for whatever personal reasons, you would be fortunate if most of the time spent in his classes will be wasted on the regurgitation of basic information you have already touched upon several times before. Also, the quality of his training will depend largely on whether or not he's even physically present to be there to answer questions or to guide you along (which may even be the majority of the duration of your course). Despite what Mr. Daniels says, just about the average schmoe will get into his rigorous training program and then you will be discarded as soon as employment prospects arise. As he commonly states: It's his name on that certificate.
Third is the shadiness and unreliability of Ted's laundry list of promises. On the Blue Line Protection Facebook page Ted boasts that he only hires experienced military, law enforcement and security personnel. The truth of the matter is that one of the last remaining "instructors" has only a few months of experience working in security. Mr. Daniels has little to no regard for how much he has managed to tarnish old relations with potentially valuable associates & colleagues. A former instructor of his (regarded by him personally as being his best) was only reimbursed for a mere $100 for instructing approximately 24 hours of course work. This coming from someone who preaches about the lucrative business of bodyguard work and yet seems to conveniently overlook that this type of salary is way below that which could be earned working off of minimum wage for the same amount of time. Considering that minimum wage these days falls between $9-10 on average, that works out to 9 x 24 = 216, and 10 x 24 = 240. Doing the math, that means this person was earning approximately $4.16 an hour for teaching 2-3 hours of course time in what Ted would tell you is in a lucrative business where you would almost be guaranteed earnings of up to $300-500 a day.
Extra Red Flags:
Colleague Bashing. Ted is also known for dogging on other more reputable and well known protection agencies and organizations, such as Executive Security International or ESI (one of the most if not the most well known private/corporate security training school(s) in the world:http://www.bodyguardcareers.com/2010/12/22/a-review-of-the-executive-protection-international-conference/
When it comes to Ted's own business (which is still in the start up phase and was just only recently reinvented from a previously failed & disastrous business model) he gives it high praise. On a Craigslist ad for Blue Line: "We are one of the very FEW legitimate security firms operating in Denver." Ask yourself: When there are at least a dozen EP agencies within the whole state of Colorado that DO NOT lay any claim to their own legitimacy or attempt to belittle other organizations, what does that say of an infant organization that is run by an individual who just recently relocated from Philadelphia? Does it not seem to ring true that a well respected agency would spend less time and less emphasis on bragging about themselves than they would allowing consumers the opportunity to judge for themselves?
Prioritization. The lack of organization about this business is apparent when you begin to look at how certain ads are phrased and what becomes posted for public consumption on various social media outlets. In particular, you will notice on their Facebook page that the founder takes pride in Corvettes and sports model vehicles, which are not standard or typically acceptable vehicles for protection work (you are better off with German auto makers than anyone else in these cases).
Inconsistent Statements. One thing Ted uses to draw people into his circus act is providing the illusion that his services are often sought after. As taken from ColoradoMilitaryFitness.com: "PLEASE CONTACT TO ENROLL - THIS IS OUR 3RD CLASS AND I HAVE ALREADY BEEN CONTACTED REGARDED PERSONNEL FOR ASSIGNMENTS. RIGHT NOW I HAVE TOO MANY ASSIGNMENTSAND NOT ENOUGH CERTIFIED PERSONNEL." However, for Blue Line Protection Group he writes on Craigslist: "I need a person who has the time, connections and savvy to sell this organization toprospectiveclients" (posted 09-07-2013 under "sales"). Ask yourself: Why does someone who says that they have clients lined up for their services need extra bodies to bring in more clients?!
If you value your life and wellbeing and find it necessary to place such trust in the hands of others, you still have a number of other options to select from, even in the state of Colorado. If you prefer consulting with a group of semi-trained and brainwashed clown ninja warriors then Blue Line Protection Group LLC is the place for you!
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/19/2013 10:26 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Blue-Line-Protection-Group-LLC/Colorado-Springs-Denver-Colorado-80130/Blue-Line-Protection-Group-LLCColorado-Military-Fitness-Self-Defense-Blue-Line-Protect-1085934. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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