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?
Special Event Security Planning
Shaffer Security Group (SSG) has no equal in Special Event Security Planning. SSG has designed, implemented and managed security plans and operations orders for:
- NFL Super Bowls,
- NBA World Championship Series,
- MLB World Series,
- World Cup Soccer
- And a host of other large-scale, high threat, “Special Events.
SSG uses “best practices” employed by U.S. law enforcement, as well as strategies that have been effective for local law enforcement and private security. We will develop a detailed and thorough security plan for your event. The focus is not just on national and regional events, but on small private or public events. Special Events often include a variety of VIPs and may be targets for terrorist, criminals and demonstrators. The variety of approaches discussed can be tailored to large or small, public or private special events.
SSG will address the Challenges & Principles weighing the security measures that conceivably could be taken. We consider street closures, searches, and highly visible tactical units, against the jurisdiction’s desire to produce events that are enjoyable, well attended, and profitable. We help you develop the Leadership Authority & Structure and identify the Subcommittees you will need for each functional area.
Threat & Risk Assessment:
Greg Shaffer and his Team will help in the Threat & Risk Assessment looking at (8) factors that are relevant to private and public events; ie: Size of the Event; Duration; Threat; Historical or Political Significance; Location; Media Interest; Number of VIPs; Cultural, Political, Religious Background of those attending.
With our experience & expertise, we will help you determine:
- Manpower requirements,
- Security workforce,
- Access Control,
- Screening & Physical Security,
- Critical Infrastructure,
- Public Health,
- Crisis Management,
- Public/Media Relations,
- Command Post set-up & operations,
- and other factors and considerations learned through experience.
Special Event Security Planning:
As any Special Event security manager will tell you, no two incidents are exactly the same. Special Event planning, response and management are often case-by-case operations. For venue security leaders, this can mean revising or even rewriting the “playbook” for each event.
Security for Special Events is like the theater – it’s a live performance with a huge cast and a lot of moving set pieces. No two performances, no two events, are identical. There are a multitude of things that can change without notice, and as in theater you must be prepared to adjust your role accordingly. It can be different every time, but the bottom line is to ensure a safe and enjoyable event where security is looked at as an asset, and not a functional liability or expensive requirement.
Contact Shaffer Security Group today to develop, implement & manage the security plan for your large or small, public or private, Special Event. We will work with local law enforcement, private security, vendors, caterers, and your staff to ensure your event is fun, enjoyable and safe.
Stay Vigilant this 4th of July:
This 4th of July holiday do not forget to Stay Vigilant! Shaffer Security Group (SSG) has your safety & security in mind! A Dallas-based Risk Management and Security Consulting Firm specializes in Counter Terrorism & Active Shooter Response.
Independence Day – “The Perfect Day for Terrorism”:
I do not want to sound like an alarmist or a paranoid security professional; but I do want to remind you to please remain “Situationally Aware” this Fourth of July. Be vigilant and be aware! The Threat is Rea!
Here are a few things to consider:
- Look for the abnormal in the environment – what doesn’t fit?.
- Have an Emergency Action Plan before you leave the house.
- Have an Emergency Rendezvous Location identified. Where will you and your family rendezvous in the event of a terror attack?
- How will you communicate (cellphones may be rendered inoperable by either LE or the terrorists)? Have an alternative communication plan!
- Do you have a “Code Word” which will ensure all your family members ‘Stop & Listen’ to what you’re about to say?
- Listen to that “inner voice” and when it tells you something is amiss,… take a moment, a deep breath, and find out what’s not right.
- That “Gift of Fear” (a great book by Gavin DeBecker), that “Inner Voice”, is based on an external stimuli that you may or may not be able to articulate. Additionally, the “Gift of Fear” always has your best interest in mind.
- Never dismiss your gut instinct or that “Gift of Fear” – it will never lie to you!
These are just some of the few things you and your family can do to be better prepared.
Below is a Washington Post article where I am asked about last years Nice, France truck rampage attack which killed 89 people. This low-tech, easily planned, low-cost terror attack is still a real threat here in the United States. This 4th of July celebration is the perfect time for a similar attack! Be Safe! Be Aware! Have Fun and Happy Birthday America!
Lessons Learned from Manchester Bombing:
The Partners of SSG are continually reading, researching and learning from past violent attacks. Hence, here is a great article from the CLARION PROJECT on “Lesson’s Learned” from the recent Manchester bombing.
Active Shooter Response Plans:
SSG specializes in creating, managing & implementing Active Shooter Response Plans for your company. We utilize Security, Intelligence & Training Solutions designed to protect business. SSG has real-world experience in protecting organizations, facilities and special events – both domestically and abroad. We pride ourselves in having international police and intelligence agency contacts whom we can leverage to provide you the most up-to-date, real-time, intelligence on current threats.
Contact Shaffer Security Group for your Risk & Threat Assessment and let us develop a strategic security plan utilizing security, intelligence & training solutions to ensure the safety and security of your business.