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Consulting and Training Services

We provide consulting and training services in threat assessment, threat prevention, threat response, and tactical negotiation related to preventing and responding to targeted violence. Our approach is based on a keen understanding of offender behavior and human physiology that is based on empirical research and evidence-based best practices.

 

Behavioral Threat Assessment

 

We offer customized consulting and training services in behavior-based threat assessment and management to identify and stop targeted violence in church, educational, and workplace environments using proprietary methodologies derived from FBI behavioral science and crisis negotiation methodologies and time series analyses. Our experts provide detailed assessments of potentially violent individuals within and outside organizations that include forecasting potential violence and recommended interventions based on threat levels. We do this through the assessment of anomalous behavior that indicates when a particular person of concern is in severe conflict or crisis, intends to injure or kill, or is planning and preparing to attack.

 

For example, bullying, verbal threats, and physical violence with and without weapons are behaviors that can be addressed proactively through appropriate interventions.

Threat Prevention

 

We offer customized consulting and training services in behavior-based risk and vulnerability assessments to determine the most effective and efficient threat mitigation measures to prevent targeted violence in church, educational, and workplace environments. This approach assists clients with enhancing and optimizing policies and procedures and aligning limited financial and human capital to specific threat situations that are likely to occur.

 

Risk assessment is the process of determining factors that contribute to or enhance the probability of a threat occurring, such as threat enhancers or situational distress factors that increase the probability of a threat of violence. These factors are not direct indicators of targeted violence; however, they increase the probability of a threat.

 

For example, mental illness is not correlated or causal to violence, but it is a risk factor, as is substance abuse and domestic violence.

 

Vulnerability assessment goes beyond just physical security measures. It is the process of determining how an attack could be carried out, what is needed to carry out the attack, and the best direction and time to attack while taking into consideration the known attack behaviors of offenders who engage in targeted violence. Understanding how an offender will attack critical assets will assist in determining when, where, and how an attack is likely to be launched.

For example, attackers often look for indicators that clarify whether a target that claims to be hardened, is in fact hardened, and if the potential target is vulnerable and aware of its surroundings. This approach provides a physical-behavioral approach to identifying the safest areas and times to go about daily work life and how to realistically prepare and respond to a possible attack.

 

Threat Response

 

We offer customized consulting and training services in behavior-based threat response in the event of a targeted violence situation, specifically active killer attacks in church, educational, and workplace environments. We provide survival strategies and tactics for all organizational members that include an overview of relevant active killer statistics, offender motivations, types of violence, ethical dilemmas, notifications, and escape (run), evasion (hide), and offender engagement considerations and tactics (fight). Law enforcement response and emergency trauma care are also covered.

For example, escaping based on avenues that safely lead away from the threat (e.g., running away from gunshots) and knowing where and what is beyond the exits (i.e., to avoid unnecessary confusion and making sure the way is clear beyond the exit door). Evading based on the necessity of locking and barricading a room, followed by turning off the lights and moving to the safer corner while using cover and concealment. Engaging based on protecting the threshold of a room, or in the event of ambushes, using safety tools (batons, pepper spray, strobe flashlight, etc.), natural weapons, or improvised weapons to neutralize the attacker if escape or evasion is not possible or unlikely to succeed. Addressing blood loss resulting from extreme violence is critical since blood loss is a common cause of death in attacks.

Tactical Negotiation

 

We offer customized consulting and training services in behavior-based tactical negotiation as a method by which to intervene with potentially violent persons to identify and stop targeted violence in church, educational, and workplace environments using proprietary methodologies derived from FBI behavioral science and hostage/crisis negotiation. Our approach is focused on crisis and suicide prevention and intervention that emphasizes meaningful communication and conflict resolution that encourages persons of concern to air their grievances and concerns to solve their problems, thus eliminating their intent to harm and preventing violence.

 

For example, intended violence is often leaked in some way by the person of concern to others and we have found that empathetic and nonjudgmental approaches often break down the “code of silence” that usually results in others feeling ashamed or labeled a “snitch” when asked to report on someone they know.

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