WORKPLACE VIOLENCE & THE ACTIVE SHOOTER

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1 WORKPLACE VIOLENCE & THE ACTIVE SHOOTER Security and Safety Directorate Bob Simoneau Government Security and Investigations Dept The Aerospace Corporation 2012

2 Purpose of Presentation Solvability and Survivability To increase your awareness and understanding of Workplace Violence situations. To prescribe actions to take in the event of an Active Shooter incident near you. This information is not only applicable in your work environment but also most anywhere you may be. 2

3 VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE Signs, Symptoms and Remedies 3

4 WORKPLACE VIOLENCE Trends and Profile of Aggressors Younger than 40 Lacks Social Skills Tends to be the Victim of Teasing Does Not Take Criticism Well Blames Others Threatens Emotional Outbursts Conflict with Co-Workers Depression Aggressive, Explosive Behavior Violates Safety Guidelines Does Not Accept Responsibility Paranoid Interest in Guns / Weapons 4

5 WORKPLACE VIOLENCE Potential Precipitators of Violent Acts Hostile Conflict at Work or Home Financial Difficulties Legal Problems Domestic Problems Currently Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol A Poor Performance Evaluation Disciplinary Action or Job Termination Involuntary Job Changes Different Roles, Responsibilities or Work Groups 5

6 WORKPLACE VIOLENCE Consideration of Lethality Red Flags Current High Level of Distress Threats of Homicide or Suicide Fantasies of Homicide or Suicide Weapons : Use, Threat of Use or Recent Acquisition Obsessiveness Substance Abuse Pet / Animal Abuse Access to Victim(s) History of Violence Against Others History of Being Abused or Neglected 6

7 WORKPLACE VIOLENCE Defusing Techniques Approach Determines Response Posture Thoughts Control Emotions Problem Solving Attitude Seek to Understand Self Control Remain Calm Stay in the Present Tense Communication Voice Quality Reduce Spectators Use Team Work Be Prepared 7

8 8 The Active Shooter

9 Definition of an Active Shooter An armed person who has or is about to use deadly force on others and continues to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims. Active Shooters have caused a paradigm shift in law enforcement training and tactics, especially as these persons do not necessarily expect to escape or even survive these situations. 9

10 ( Active Shooters Cho Seung-Hui, VA Tech / Scott Dekraai, Seal Beach CA Cannot be profiled with regard to age, ethnicity, occupation or other attributes. 10

11 Incidents by Location Type Location Type Number of Incidents Percentage School 64 29% Office Building 29 13% Open Commercial 52 23% Factory/Warehouse 30 13% Other 49 22% Total 224* 100% * The 202 cases in the active shooter data set occurred at 224 locations because several attacks involved more than one location. Source: NYPD Active Shooter

12 Active Shooter Facts Reviews of 224 Active Shooter Incidents, % acted alone 90% commit suicide, usually on site 80% use a long gun (rifle, shotgun or carbine) 75% bring multiple weapons, sometimes with hundreds of rounds of ammunition The shooters are preoccupied with obtaining a high body count before police intervention Increasingly, they are wearing body armor They almost never take hostages and do not negotiate They are dynamic and quick, finishing their attack in an average of 8 minutes Source: NYPD Active Shooter

13 Vulnerabilities Factors that can make us vulnerable here Inability to predict events Workforce complacency (the theory of exemption) Pre-incident behavior exists but warning signs are disregarded High population density in many facilities Unaware of escape routes you can use other than for a fire Unaware of protective cover that you can use Unfamiliar with areas that can be secured o Offices with doors o Conference rooms o Janitors closets Inability to make decisions when you experience fear, panic, or shock 13

14 Aerospace / Organizational Protective Measures Employer actions Fence Line Perimeter Lobby entry control points staffed by security (limited access) Camera surveillance systems Security response force 100% ID checks Lockdown ability SCIF Vaults Giant Voice PA System Fast police response (1-4 minutes for Hot calls) 14

15 Individual Protective Measures If you are inside a building If possible to do so safely, exit the building or area immediately moving away from the path of danger and take the following steps: Notify anyone you encounter to exit the area immediately Do NOT activate a fire alarm If you cannot safely exit, secure your immediate area and take protective cover. Lock the door if you can Turn off the lights Barricade the area if possible (desks, file cabinets, furniture) Keep quiet and stay away from windows 15

16 Individual Protective Measures If you are inside (part 2) Call 911 or your designated emergency number and stay on the line to provide details of: Your exact location, description of suspect, weapons, injuries, etc. Stay calm and assure others that steps are being taken to protect them. As a last resort if confronted by the shooter you may make the decision to fight back. 16

17 Individual Protective Measures If you are caught outside in the open Seek Cover and Concealment Use whatever is available to obscure you from the shooter, walls, trees, poles, buildings, fencing, containers, etc. Hide Behind Something Capable of Stopping a Bullet Masonry or brick wall, engine block of a car, etc. Run If Safe Do not run in a straight line Summon Help When Safe To Do So Fight - As a Last Option Use any object to disable the shooter 17

18 If Shooter is Outside of Your Building Lock doors and windows, close curtains / shades Lay down on floor or crouch below window line Dial 911 or your designated emergency number Give location, incident details and follow directions If safe to do so move to a central secure area Stay in place until an All Clear signal is issued Follow all directions of Police / Security Personnel 18

19 If a Shooter is Inside Your Building Danger Close If it is safe to do so, flee from the building Dial 911 or your designated emergency number, give your location, incident details and follow directions DO NOT pull the fire alarm Lock and barricade your door, stay low, remain silent Stay in place until an All Clear is given by a recognized authority Follow directions of Police / Security personnel 19

20 If a Shooter comes into your room or office. Critical Decision Time.. Immediately make a decision to, run, take cover or fight consider your safety first. As a last resort, fight the shooter. Remember that your last resort may be your only resort. Rush with available people, throw things or use improvised weapons to take the shooter to the ground. When safe to do so dial 911 or your designated emergency number. Give your location and the situation details and follow directions. 20

21 Fear Factor. Fear is your own worst enemy Sensory exclusion / distortion Time distortion Heightened sensory response Panic Fainting Loss of bladder /bowel control Loss of fine motor skills Loss of gross motor skills Loss of near vision Scared stiff Scared speechless 21

22 What you can do to overcome fear Instinct and nature will work against you. As your heart rate increases your control will decrease. There are two subconscious body functions that can be consciously controlled: blinking and breathing. Breathing is tied to almost every body function. Slow your breathing and everything else will be more manageable. Four deep 4 count breaths will slow your heart rate, lower your stress level and bring your body back under some degree of control. 22

23 Upon Arrival of Police / Law Enforcement Drop Anything in Your Hands, Purses, Back Packs, etc. Keep Hands in View Raise Hands and Spread Fingers Do Not Make Any Sudden Movements Comply With All Instructions of Law Enforcement Wait for All Clear Signal From Law Enforcement 23

24 Review Events are unpredictable. Attacks can be carefully planned with specific targets. Be prepared and consider now what actions you would need to take. Report suspicious activity and/or behavior. Concerns - Report to a manager Direct threat - Call 911 or your designated emergency number 24

25 Guidelines Individual responsibilities How you respond to an Active Shooter will be dictated by the specific circumstances of the encounter, bearing in mind there could be more than one shooter involved in the same incident. If you find yourself involved in an actual shooter situation, try to remain calm and use these guidelines to help YOU plan a strategy for survival. HAVE A PLAN!!! 25

26 In Closing..Remember your options You must decide these based upon your own assessment FLEE Run from the area of the shooter IF it is safe to do so. HIDE If you can get to a safe and secure location FIGHT As a last option using anything you can as a weapon 26

27 Information contained in this presentation was derived from the following sources: NYPD FBI Redstone Arsenal Federal Bureau of Labor Columbine High School Santa Monica College US Secret Service Norwich University University of Florida Orange County Register New York Times 27

28 Thank you.. Questions please 28

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