The New Threatscape

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The New Threatscape

By: Dr. Steve Albrecht: August 20, 2014

(This blog is a re-post from Dr. Albrecht in linkedin. He is one of the foremost WPV experts in the country. His website is

                I’m just back from the week-long international conference in Anaheim, CA for the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP). The news from the frontlines of workplace violence prevention, school violence prevention, domestic violence, and stalking response is a cautious mixture of hope and pessimism. On the one hand, my threat assessment colleagues in HR, security, law enforcement, and mental health continue to develop new and better ways to intervene in the cases that reach their attention. On the other, we don’t always get the chance to intervene in some cases until the perpetrator acts out, which is often way too late. There seem to be several recurring reasons for this: some organizations still don’t take the potential for workplace violence (or domestic violence crossover from home to work) seriously enough to have a policy or enforce it effectively; many organizations still don’t offer training on workplace violence warning signs, which are most often seen by the threatener’s co-workers, who need to have the courage to report their fears; and few organizations want to take the time to conduct regular “Active Shooter” drills using the national protocol of Run-Hide-Fight.

FBI Supervisory Agent Andre Simons spoke at the ATAP Conference, coining the useful phrase “threatscape” to define the areas where potentially violent perpetrators intersect with their targets, in workplaces, schools, malls, churches, and other public areas where they attempt to carry out their often highly-organized plans to harm. The good news is that we are seeing workplace homicide numbers fall year after year. The bad news is that schools are seeing more violence. The good news is that we are learning from each event and stopping more and more potential shooters before they cause a tragedy. The bad news is that future perpetrators are learning from our violence risk assessment methods and police tactics too, to perhaps be even more deadly than their predecessors. Our vigilance, and awareness of their “leakage” and warning behaviors, are our best defense when these actors move along the path from violent ideas to violent actions in the new “threatscape.”


                Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, blogs, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security arena for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.

                His latest book ‘one is too Many: Recognizing & Preventing Workplace violence is available for numerous e-book formats. It helps all organizations to reduce their risk and limit their liability of an incident. And it does this by breaking the rules in several ways, as well as following conventional wisdom in others.

                He utilizes his years of field knowledge to give real life examples of incidents pulled from both his own experiences and the news headlines. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or Visit his Facebook page (One is too Many), Here you will see and read about other items related to WPV/SV as well as incidents you may not have heard or thought about.