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In support of National Domes- tic Violence Awareness Month President Barack Obama issued A PROCLAMATION. He notes that “we stand with all

those who have been affected by this terrible crime, recognize the individuals and groups who have stepped forward to break the cycle of violence, and recommit to putting an end to domestic violence in America.” To read the full proclamation click here.

This month also marks National Bullying Prevention Month. Much more work remains to be done in this area as well.

Jack Mayoros, Director of Security, Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center, Hartford, CT wrote us to find out how their violence prevention efforts compare with other hospitals. Please reach out to Jack to help with his benchmarking effort. He can be reach at

The Australasian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals' is holding their 2012 Conference in Melbourne, Australia on November 8 - 9th, 2012. Click here to get more information.

As we prepare to celebrate Halloween I hope you have a great time ‘trick or treating,’ but above all remain diligent in keeping you and your family safe. And, don’t eat too much candy.

Until next time, remember ‘fate favors the prepared mind.’


Researchers Offer New Solution to Active Shooter Mitigation

Colleges and universities seeking to reduce casualties on campus during an active shooter incident should invest in networked technologies that would limit the gunman’s access to easy targets, according to the master’s thesis dissertation, Defeating the Active Shooter: Applying Facility Upgrades in Order to Mitigate the Effects of Active Shooters in High Occu- pancy Facilities (.pdf). Charles E. Ergenbright and Sean K. Hubbard argue that the current

approaches to preventing and mitigating active shooter incidents are not enough after analyzing 14 case studies, from Charles Whitman’s University of Texas-Austin tower shootings in 1966 to Seung Hui Cho’s massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007.

The authors argue universities should invest in what they call a Victim Initiated Mitigation (VIM) system. The system relies on those in danger to initiate the system (unless gunshot detection technology is added to the system), which then triggers automated responses to protect victims and to corral the shooter, thereby making it easier for police officers to go direct-to-threat and neutralize the gunman.

“Since this research is aimed at reducing the rate of kill of Active Shooters in U.S. [universities], the authors feel that the recommendations made in this thesis...could have the same notable impact to Active Shooter mitigation as imple- mentation of the fire alarm and current fire code has had on preventing fire related casualties,” they conclude.

To read more, click here DECISIONPOINT

This column is designed to help sharpen your judgment in providing valuable advice regarding how to handle incidents of aggression.

Was admitted physical confrontation involving an incident of angry shoving of a federal penitentiary correctional officer by a fellow officer with sixteen years of otherwise unblemished employment enough to uphold a seven-day suspension? What factors are deemed relevant in assessing severity of discipline in such situations?

Grievant was a Senior Officer Specialist with no prior disciplinary record, and routinely excellent rating on quarterly performance appraisals. On March 13, 2009, Grievant was involved in an altercation with two fellow officers. Grievant and one of the officers were discussing inmate outgoing mail; the discussion became heated, and voices were raised. Things progressed, and Grievant shoved one of the officer’s chest with both open hands. The witness officer grabbed Grievant in an attempt to stop any further

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