Pertinent Workplace Violence articles

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At Many Workplaces, Training For A New Threat: Active Shooters
From “At Many Workplaces, Training For A New Threat: Active Shooters”
National Public Radio (NPR) (02/12/16) Noguchi, Yuki

Workplace security used to focus mostly on preventing theft, but following recent attacks, many workplaces are implementing active-shooter training for their employees. Roughly three-quarters of businesses are investing in some form of armed intruder policy procedure and training, said James McGinty of Covenant Security Services. Videos produced by the Department of Homeland Security and local police forces include the slogan “Run, Hide, Fight.” The plan suggests running to safety, or if hiding, to turn off lights and cellphone ringers. As a last resort, they suggest fighting the assailant. Laurence Barton, a threat consultant and trainer who works with the FBI, says that type of training at work is difficult. “How do you create awareness, without creating paranoia?” he asks.

 

Safety in the Sanctuary: Teaching Churches How to Handle Mass Shootings
From “Safety in the Sanctuary: Teaching Churches How to Handle Mass Shootings”
Security InfoWatch (02/08/16) Edwards, Lynda

On June 22, 1980, a gunman entered a church in Daingerfield, TX, and killed five patrons while wounding 10 more. Now, with that massacre in mind, some churches are taking action to prevent future tragedies. Texas police officer and minister Jimmy Meeks uses the shooting as a personal landmark, marrying his wife at the church and using the incident as fuel for his Sheepdog Seminars, which teaches churches how they can protect themselves from violence of all kinds. He studies the incidents to figure out ways in which the killings or assaults might have been prevented. He has recruited Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, a former West point psychology professor and Army Ranger, to direct the international Sheepdog Seminars group. In addition, Meeks allows Carl Chinn to speak regularly. Chin was one of four hostages when a man entered the Colorado Springs Focus on the Family center in 1996 and threatened to blow it up. Meeks’ seminars serve to teach churches to examine how their buildings are laid out, note all exits, determine which rooms can be locked from the inside, identify blind spots in stairwells, and more. Meeks says he’s happy to see churches feeding the homeless and collecting blankets for the needy, but he would also like to see churches hire an off-duty police officer for certain events. In addition, he wants some church members trained to spot potentially unstable visitors.

 

Random Act or Islamist Terrorism? Questions Linger as Ohio Restaurant Reopens After Machete Attack
From “Random Act or Islamist Terrorism? Questions Linger as Ohio Restaurant Reopens After Machete Attack”
Washington Post (02/16/16) Miller, Michael E.

An Ohio restaurant reopened for business Monday, just four days after a man wielding a machete suddenly began attacking patrons. Nazareth Mediterranean Cuisine has an Israeli owner who believes his business was targeted. Some politicians agree, calling it a “terrorist attack.” The 30-year old attacker, Mohamed Barry, hails from Guinea and had previously been investigated by the FBI for allegedly making radical Islam threats four years ago. Despite that connection, authorities say the attack does not fit a recognizable mold. Barry was considered by friends to be a well-meaning, low-key immigrant and was just three weeks away from getting married before launching his attack. The only clue could be owner Hany Baransi, who identifies as a an Israeli Arab Christian and whose multiculturalism could have spurred the onslaught. An Israeli flag hangs in the window, as does an Arabic greeting. A painting inside shows a Muslim, a Christian and a Jew in polite conversation. Motive or not, four people were injured, including a couple who incurred severe cuts to their hands and a performing musician who “aggressively attempted to subdue” the attacker. The attack ended when an employee chased Barry outside with a baseball bat. In the getaway, Barry evaded police for five miles before engaging them. He was shot and killed.

 

Pottstown Police Discuss Workplace Violence With Chamber Members
From “Pottstown Police Discuss Workplace Violence With Chamber Members”
The Mercury (02/16/16) Dennis, Marian

Police in Pottstown, PA met with the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday to discuss workplace safety. The presentation focused on the steps businesses can take to keep their employees safe from workplace violence, which affects more than two million Americans each year. Police Sgt. Edward Kropp and Officer Gregory Fritz led the presentation, a first for the chamber on this particular topic. There have been sessions in the past concerning workplace injuries, but never violence. According to statistics given by the officers, there have been 160 incidents involving active shooters over the past 13 years in the United States. Sixty percent of those incidents ended before police arrived, which is why knowing how to respond proved an essential part of the presentation. Police discussed how to catch potential violence ahead of time and how to respond when law enforcement arrives. They also went over when victims should run, hide, and fight.

 

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