Humans aren't the calmest group of mammals on Earth. Sure, we're pretty social - we show it on a regular basis by coming together for things like political conventions, sporting events, and orgies of competitive shopping (AKA Black Friday). But for every Super Bowl enjoyed by millions, there are thousands of people working event security to keep the wild hordes at least sort of civilized.Of course, unruly crowd members aren't the only concern in the world; especially in today's world of armed lunatics and terrorists. For that reason, some event security can come to look and act decidedly military in nature. Sometimes, it is the actual military showing up in unmarked Suburbans, jet, or full on clown costumes. (Looking at you, Switzerland.) But no matter what they wear, what they drive, or how they act, these brave men and women stand ready to protect humanity from itself. Check out the circumstances that call for security measures that go above and beyond retired old security guards.
The Super Bowl
Anywhere the Pope Visits
The Swiss Guard is to the Pope as the Secret Service is to the President. Technically speaking, the Swiss Guard is a mercenary outfit comprised of single males of (as you'd expect) Swiss citizenship. The Guard has long protected royalty from France, Spain, and the Vatican, and is one of the primary historical reasons Switzerland has maintained neutrality in Europe.The Swiss Guard works with the Vatican's own independent police forces to provide protection for the Pope anywhere he visits. While they might look like escapees from a Renaissance fair, the Guard's brightly colored pantaloons aren't just places to hang a sword. Those slightly clownish frocks conceal a completely modern arsenal, including SIG P220, Glock 19, and Steyr TMP pistols, as well as MP5 submachine guns. All wielded by battle-hardened mercenary soldiers with no compunctions about using them. Because prayer is a weapon - but 900 rounds a minute are more reliable.