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Watson - Private Security and Surveillance - Northern Ireland, UK

Mark Watson

Northern Ireland, UK


Hello my name is Mark Watson and I have just completed the City and Guides Level 3 Close Protection course and a First Aid at Work certificate with Defibrillator training with Minerva (NI) based in Northern Ireland.

I also have over nine years Military experience with the British Army, during which time I saw action in Northern Ireland where I was deployed on three tours before the ceasefires were called. Here I was involved in numerous search operations on suspect’s vehicle and dwellings, area searches of farm land, vehicles, persons and marine searches of vessels in Carlingford Lough, which spans the border with the Irish Republic, along with the Royal Marines.

I was also involved in surveillance operations against known terrorist in and around the southern County Down area as well as protective surveillance on at risk off duty personnel.

Later I was re-deployed to the Intelligence Section where I collated intelligence collected by several sources both military (Covert and Overt) and civilian. I also tracked the movements of terrorist vehicles.

Most recently I have just returned from a very arduous six month tour of Helmund Province Afghanistan, where I was engaged in the IED search and exposure roll, as well as Team Medic and Infantry Combat Soldier. During this tour I exposed several IED’s, came under fire on over 30 different occasions and treated casualties from IED explosions which included fragmentation and amputee injuries.

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Private Security and Surveillance


With over 9 years continual operational service and experience with the British Army starting with the Ulster Defence Regiment then moving to the Royal Irish Regiment and finally with the Mercian Regiment. Conducting anti-terrorist operations throughout Northern Ireland with a secondary role of Intelligence Operative and more recently in Afghanistan where I carried IED detection and exposure as well as Team Medic and second in command of a section of eight.

I currently hold an SIA licence in Close Protection (Front Line) and a First Aid at Work certificate with Defibrillator training. I also have basic self-defence training.

I have recently carried out surveillance in against an illegal abattoir, where I set up an OP and monitored the abattoirs activities.

Work History


Minerva NI

November 2011 - November 2011

Training courses


Royal Irish Regment / Mercian Regiment

From January 2009

IED search and exposure, Foot patrols (Green zone and Desert), Dialy firefights with the Taliban and other volunteer Muslims from out of the country.


Ulster Defence Regiment

From December 1988

Foot, Mobile, Helicopter and water borne patrols around the County Down area in the counter terrorism role. Search and surviellance ops. Then Intelligence collation with the Staffordshire regiment.


Close Protection Course

Two weeks training at Minerva Northern Ireland

Qualifications & Certifications

The Open University

The Open University

Killyleagh High School

Close Protection

Minerva NI

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