Domestic Spillover – How it relates to Workplace Violence.
“It’s Not Going To Happen To Me” is a poor security plan!!!
Since founding the Shaffer Security Group in 2015, Shaffer has worked with many organizations not only to conduct security assessments but also to develop and implement security solutions through training in active shooter response and workplace violence prevention.
Shaffer notes that there are some clear distinctions in culture across industries that allow some to be better prepared for a violent situation in the workplace. He notes, “Most manufacturing facilities and large workshops do a fantastic job of making ‘Safety First.’ They often post large signs to remind their employees to ‘Think Safety’ as they count the number of days without a work-related injury. However, most non-manufacturing firms, such as corporate offices, law firms, [or] large data processing centers do not feel that safety is all that necessary, when in fact it is essential.”
There appears to be a pervasive attitude in industries without a baked-in safety and security culture, with both leadership and employees focusing on physical security only after a critical incident occurs. Shaffer frames this attitude simply: “Everyone thinks, ‘it’s not going to happen to me.’”
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that approximately 2 million people will be victims of nonfatal workplace violence each year, with about 1,000 people dying due to a violent incident at work. While these numbers suggest that a violent workplace event is unlikely, that unlikelihood does not excuse employers from prioritizing the security of their employees, regardless of industry. Shaffer says that “the safety and well-being of employees needs to become a communicated corporate value.”
“It’s Not Going To Happen to Me” is not a good security plan, states Shaffer.
Firms Need to Develop a “Portal” in which their Employees can reports incidents of Domestic Violence or Abuse.
Another hurdle employers have to overcome is the fact their employees who are victims of domestic abuse are frequently reluctant to share their circumstances. This reluctance is driven, in part, by the stigma associated with being a domestic abuse victim. Even worse, the victim may actually believe that their abuse is deserved.
Companies need to implement a workplace violence policy that includes language addressing domestic spillover is a great way to start. Regular review of this policy with employees can help to alleviate concerns.
These policies must be endorsed and communicated from the top down. For the policies to have real effect, there must not only be C-suite buy-in and implementation, but the employees must sincerely believe that their workplace is a safe haven.
Some questions for security leaders to ask themselves:
- Does our organization have a mechanism by which the victim can report domestic abuse?
- Are our reception, security, human resources, and legal staff aware of domestic spillover threats? Could they recognize those threats if they walked in the door?
- Does our organization have intervention-capable employees trained to help diffuse conflicts or violence?
- What are our legal requirements to protect our employees?
SSG Founder on NBC Dallas
SHAFFER SECURITY GROUP (SSG) founder Greg Shaffer comments on the Presidents options for Director of the FBI.
Shaffer Security Group (SSG) was asked to comment on the Trump Administration’s short list for the new Director of the FBI. Click on the link below to see the interview.
SSG on NBC discussing the most recent Active Shooter Event in Dallas.
SHAFFER SECURITY GROUP (SSG) founder Greg Shaffer ‘Live’ commentary on a Dallas “Active Shooter Event”.
Shaffer Security Group (SSG) Founder Greg Shaffer commenting on the most recent Active Shooter Event in Dallas, Texas. During the interview, it was learned the shooter had taken his own life.
SSG's Greg Shaffer, former FBI HRT Operator, commenting on Dallas' most recent Active Shooter Event. #activeshooterresponse #activeshooter #tacticaltraining #tacticalfirearms #riskmanagement #shaffersecuritygroup #SSG #NBCDFW
Posted by Shaffer Security Group on Monday, May 1, 2017
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Greg,…What Do You Do?
I get asked this countless of times at social events, at the gym, or at conferences. My go to answer is: “I’m a Security Expert”.
In reality, there is so much more I do as a security professional. As a result, I have to generalize it for the average person. The “elevator speech” or 30 second introduction may give people some insight to what I do. However, it often doesn’t tell the whole story. The “Whole Story” goes something like this:
“I create, manage, and implement security, intelligence, and training solutions designed to protect businesses, organizations, facilities, and people both domestically and internationally.”
What I mentioned above is not what I do but what I offer to clients. What I do is comprised of tasks, disciplines, and training geared to support my clients. Recently I was retained by an international businessman. This client required security solutions to protect his home, office, and himself upon traveling abroad. The client really fit into my wheelhouse of services, but I didn’t see this project as just an Executive Protection (EP) assignment. Though I have worked Executive Protection for years, what I was doing for this client was far more than being a body guard.
To Satisfy the Client’s Quest & Need for Security, I had to do the following:
- Conduct a risk assessment to identify the critical assets and business processes. This requires protection, analyze the threats, assess the vulnerabilities, and then move forward with a plan the meets the client’s needs.
- To secure the client’s home and office(s) I had to do the following:
- several site security survey’s,
- research and assess the proper technology needed,
- evaluate access control and emergency response procedures.
- Given the nature of my client’s work and the location of his travel, I had to develop an intelligence program. This Intelligence Program needed to address the geopolitical, natural, and criminal threats. These “threats” could disrupt my client’s business and possibly threaten his life.
- The most important element of executive protection is doing an advance prior to the client embarking on travel. I had to coordinate with trusted partners in areas that I couldn’t reach myself. The intelligence is critical when doing an advance for a client. My international law enforcement & intelligence agency contacts provide critical information in which to base my threat assessment.
- On occasions that I had to undertake a protective role. I had to do tactical training to ensure that my perishable skill sets remain sharp. I had to do reality based training, firearms training, personal defense, first aid, to better serve my client.
- In the case of a crisis, I had to do lots of policy writing. It required my coordinating with my client’s legal team, insurers and my client’s family to ensure fast resolutions to a multitude of crises.
- I wrote agreements with other partners to support my client in the event of a crisis.
- I had to ensure the domestic office staff were well prepared to assess, communicate, and respond to a crisis. Therefore, I developed training scenarios to test their situational awareness and response to incidents.
- When realizing that the local first responders were not involved, I developed a tactical response plan to include police, fire & EMS that could be implemented to improve response efficiency.
So yeah,…. That’s What I Do?
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