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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:

“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

Concepts evolve in departments across the country

Reasons For Traditional Response Methods

  • Contain Suspects

  • Protect innocent parties

  • Stabilize the situation

  • Prepare for SWAT response

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

  • What are my responsibilities?

  • As an employer/employee?

  • What are my companies responsibilities?

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)

  • 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

  • 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 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

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

  • 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

  • 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”

  • 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”

  • 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?

  • Find solid cover

  • What is cover?

  • What is concealment?

  • Do I hide or run?

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? 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? 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? 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

  • 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 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?

  • 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?

  • Rest Rooms

  • Suspended Ceilings

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Crawl, Walk, Run

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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