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Workplace Violence: . “What Do I Do?” Sgt. Robert Lowe & Ofc. Joel Jerale Chandler Police Department Special Assignment Unit . History of Police Response to In-Progress Violence. Brief Overview of “SWAT” 1972 Olympics (Munich) New York, Los Angeles start SWAT concept

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Workplace violence

Workplace Violence:

“What Do I Do?”

Sgt. Robert Lowe & Ofc. Joel Jerale

Chandler Police Department

Special Assignment Unit


History of police response to in progress violence

History of Police Response to In-Progress Violence

Brief Overview of “SWAT”

1972 Olympics (Munich)

New York, Los Angeles start SWAT concept

Concepts evolve in departments across the country


Reasons for traditional response methods

Reasons For Traditional Response Methods

  • Contain Suspects

  • Protect innocent parties

  • Stabilize the situation

  • Prepare for SWAT response


Today s situation

Today’s Situation

  • Criminals have changed their methods (Hollywood & Columbine)

  • Encountering criminals who are not afraid to die

  • Need to protect further injuries to other victims

  • “Neutralize” the threat as quickly as possible


Your situation today

Your Situation Today

  • What are my responsibilities?

  • As an employer/employee?

  • What are my companies responsibilities?


If an event happens what can i expect from the police

If An Event Happens, What Can I Expect From the Police?

  • Initial Response vs.

  • Tactical Response

  • Original SWAT mentality may no longer be valid


What can i expect during a long term event hostage barricade

What Can I expect During A Long-Term Event? (Hostage-Barricade)

  • Police will NOT rush in

  • Time is on our side

  • a: High anxiety level..adrenaline is flowing for everyone involved

  • b: Criminal is not thinking clearly

  • c: Paranoia is common (stress/substance abuse)


Hostage barricade continued

Hostage-Barricade Continued

  • Criminal is scared...trapped

  • Do what the bad guy tells you to do

  • Do NOT challenge him

  • “Stockholm Syndrome”

  • “Patty Hearst/Symbionese Liberation Army”


Hostage barricade continued1

Hostage-Barricade Continued

  • Negotiators will try to talk with bad guy

  • Process will take time

  • Tactical Team will prepare to act

  • We will prefer to wait out the bad guy


What should i do before an event occurs

Review your Pre-Plans

Evacuation routes

Meeting points

Process of reporting of suspicious employee behavior

Intervention policy when behavior is reported

What Should I Do Before An Event Occurs?


Before an event occurs

Before An Event Occurs

  • Train Your Staff “Fire Drill Method”

  • Clear message understood by all

  • Designate a liaison for responding officers

  • Have prepared lists of phone numbers and locations

  • Include floor plans/layout

  • Store info outside your facility


Public shootings common thread

Public Shootings: Common Thread

  • Most people do not know how to react to the sounds of gunfire

  • Involved persons report hearing “firecrackers”

  • Some went to find source of the noise

  • Others didn’t perceive a threat

  • Can you tell the difference?


During an event nuts and bolts

During An Event: “Nuts and Bolts”

  • Do Not run to the sounds of gunfire

  • Do Not try to stop the bad guy yourself

  • Do Not try to talk the bad guy down

  • Do Not try to save already injured persons

  • Do Not stay inside the office/building


During an event nuts and bolts continued

During An Event: “Nuts and Bolts Continued”

  • Do assume it is gunfire and get away

  • Do leave the affected area as soon as possible

  • Do get activation of 911 system

  • Do provide as much critical info as possible

  • Do wait for arrival of authorities


How do i protect myself

How Do I Protect Myself?

  • Find solid cover

  • What is cover?

  • What is concealment?

  • Do I hide or run?


How do i protect myself continued

How Do I Protect Myself? Continued

  • Be cautious about stepping out of the crowd

  • Try not to rise above everyone else around you

  • These acts can make you a specific target


How do i protect myself continued1

How Do I Protect Myself? Continued

  • Examples of cover:

    • A mound of earth or high spot in the ground

    • Behind a building

    • Behind a rock or tree

    • Behind a vehicle (near the engine block)


How do i protect myself continued2

How Do I Protect Myself? Continued

  • Don’t start looking around to see the shooter

  • This can draw attention and possibly a bullet

  • Be aware of your hiding position, ie: reflections in windows etc.

  • Listen for gunfire, is it traveling?


How do i protect myself continued3

How Do I Protect Myself? Continued

  • If you are fleeing the area, then flee

  • Try not to look back when you’re moving, stay focused

  • If you must run in the open, don’t run in a straight line

  • Offer as little a target to the bad guy as possible


How do i protect myself exit considerations

How Do I Protect Myself? Exit Considerations

  • Is it a short distance to the exit?

  • Do I have to turn any blind corners?

  • Does the exit lead to the outside or to a courtyard?

  • Is the hallway jammed with other people?

  • Know your building and it’s exits


How do i protect myself exit considerations1

How Do I Protect Myself? Exit Considerations

  • When you exit, turn a corner or put something solid between you and the bad guy

  • Try not to get caught in a bottle neck of people trying to get through a door

  • If you cannot escape, overturn large pieces of furniture to use as cover

  • Stay low and quiet


If all elsefails

If All ElseFails?

  • Play Dead

  • Any body movement can be picked up by a shooter

  • If a shooter thinks you are dead, he will likely move on


Other building considerations

Other Building Considerations?

  • Rest Rooms

  • Suspended Ceilings

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Crawl, Walk, Run


Our recommendations

Our Recommendations

  • Don’t assume this won’t happen

  • Do make pre-plans, both personally and with your co-workers

  • Save yourself, get out ASAP


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