Corporate Responsibility Is Not To Those Fired – It’s To Those Still Hired

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Vester Flanigan made his colleagues feel threatened and had a long history of behavioral issues at work.

As the investigation continues today in Virginia, one thing in particular will most certainly ring true: Workplace violence DOES NOT happen “out of the blue.” There are observable behaviors which when reported and assessed SAVE LIVES.

Corporate Responsibility Is Not To Those Fired –

It’s To Those Still Hired

The responsibility of the company is not necessarily to the person who was fired…it’s to protecting those who remain hired. Companies need not worry about all the people they fire, but they would be best served to pay additional attention to the ones that required police involvement to do so. Even after this particular aggressor was fired, employees referenced “running into him” at different times and locations. Were these sightings reported to HR? To the police? What were the details of the interaction?  Were any red flags raised when he asked for the fax number?

With respect to the most recent tragedy in Virginia, there seems to have been no threat assessment and management component to the HR concern. Had there been an active protective intelligence measure, perhaps the intended actions of Vester Flanigan could have been thwarted. Regrettably, without such a measure, we are left only with more questions?

Were his actions part of a predatory behavior? Stalking phase? Research and Planning? Evidence presented so far has lends credence to him transitioning from a “howler” to a “hunter” After all, he clearly knew the time and location for him to plan and carry-out his violent act.

Effective threat assessment is not an “if this then that” model. It’s pieces of a puzzle that are scattered all around — but when each piece of that puzzle comes together with the others — the hazard on the horizon can be more clearly identified, assessed, and then appropriately managed toward peaceful resolve.

Simply stated, a threat is a threat, regardless of how it was communicated. It would be prudent for human resources to add a level of assessment and management to these expressed concerns beyond the scope of legal protection from wrongful termination lawsuits.  Administrators must safeguard the protection of their staff as well — especially when those who remain employed the are the source of grievance and ideation for the aggressor.

Read:  Protective Intelligence In Action and Workplace Violence Warning Signs

Awareness + Preparation = Safety

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Spencer Coursen is the President of Coursen Security Group. He is an expert security advisor, threat assessment consultant, and protective strategist who is dedicated to reducing risk and preventing violence. His systems and strategies help corporations, non-profit organizations, schools, and at-risk public figures ensure the certainty of safety for all involved.

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Movie Theater Bag Checks: Good For Sales Not Safety

Movie Theater Bag Checks: Good For Sales Not Safety

A simple bag inspection at a movie theater may help to raise concession sales — making it harder to sneak in your own candy — but it will do very little to reduce risk of harm to patrons. Perhaps a more effective course of action would be to pay closer attention to males who arrive to see a film alone.

Case in point: James Holmes (Aurora Theater Shooter) entered the theater alone and without any bags, but then exited through the emergency exit, retrieved his weapons from the parking lot, and then re-entered through the exit door he had “propped open” before initiating his attack.

Effective security requires a concert of cooperation between policy and procedure, not a sole reliance on a single-view solution.

Awareness + Preparation = Safety

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Spencer Coursen is the President of Coursen Security Group. He is an expert security advisor, threat assessment consultant, and protective strategist who is dedicated to reducing risk and preventing violence. His systems and strategies help corporations, non-profit organizations, schools, and at-risk public figures ensure the certainty of safety for all involved.

 www.SpencerCoursen.com 

Info@CoursenSecurityGroup.com

 @SpencerCoursen / @CoursenSecurity

https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencercoursen

Have “Faith” In Philly Plan To Protect Pope | Spencer Coursen

Pope Francis Coming to America - Have "Faith" In Philly Plan To Protect Pope - spencer coursen - coursen security group

Pope Francis will arrive in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 26 and speak at Independence Hall before celebrating at the Festival of Families — a massive free party held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday, September 27.

The Pope’s scheduled events in Philadelphia have been designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security as a National Special Security Event. (NSSE)

This means that the Secret Service assumes responsibility as the lead agency for the design and implementation of the operational security plan. Their goal is to provide a safe and secure environment for not just the Pope but for all event participants and the general public at large. This requires a tremendous amount of advance planning and coordination in preparation for a safe and successful event.

“…while there are very specific safeguards implemented to protect the Pope, there are twice as many considerations in place to protect the public.”

As many as 1.5 million people are expected to visit to Philadelphia to see the Pope speak and attend his celebration. By comparison, an estimated 1.8 million people attended the National Mall in 2008 to watch President Obama get sworn in for his first term.

Some residents of Philadelphia have already begun to express concern over the seemingly excessive security measures being implemented as part of the Pope’s arrival. What many may not realize is that while there are very specific safeguards implemented to protect the Pope, there are twice as many considerations in place to protect the public.

This Is A Massive Undertaking For Philadelphia:

Cities like New York and Washington, DC are used to hosting high-profile public dignitary events on a massive scale. They have well-documented plans on the books and can revise them as necessary. They also have the benefit of trial and error — that is — they know what hasn’t worked so well in the past.

When Pope Benedict came to NYC in 2008 he celebrated mass at Yankee Stadium. This venue provided planners with the advantage of  limiting the audience in attendance to the number of seats available — about 50,000.

Philadelphia doesn’t have this luxury of containment. One of the more significant challenges that stems from an event on the Ben Franklin Parkway is that there are no seating limits — which means members of  the public can’t be turned away just because they don’t have an assigned seat.

New York and Washington, DC also enjoy a relative geographic isolation. By contrast, Philadelphia sits smack dab in the middle of the Northeast Corridor. With easy access via plane, train, or automobile from Boston, Delaware, New York, and Washington D.C., Philadelphia is a geographic open-invite for anyone who might want to come see the pope.

Hospitals At-The-Ready:

One key take away from previous NSSE events is that the most realistic risk to public safety stems not from violent offenders, but rather from unintended consequence of personal choice.

Surveys and reservations show that many of those planning to attend the Papal visit are older adults. This could result in an above average impact on geriatric healthcare services.

“With so many people traveling, there are many who could already be coming here sick, hoping for a blessing from the pope,” says Fred Henretig, director of the toxicology unit at CHOP who attended emergency drills in preparation for the Pope’s arrival. “They may be coming with medications and have problems stemming from that – Grandpa takes two of his pills instead of one,” he suggested.

Road & Bridge Closures:

Some Philadelphia residents have also voiced concern over having to clear their cars from city streets. While this is an admitted inconvenience, the surface area of a parked car is equivalent to the standing space of of ten people — a crucial figure to factor into the pedestrian traffic model of any evacuation plan. By the same logic, having the Ben Franklin Bridge already closed-off to traffic facilitates a mass-evacuation plan allowing for both sides of the bridge to be used without causing a traffic jam on the New Jersey side of the river. Simply stated, people disperse more rapidly than vehicles.  Then there’s the more than 5,000 tour buses expected to travel into Philadelphia.  Free and clear access to I-95 would allow for nearby-yet-out-of-the-way staging of vehicles while also providing a significant transportation artery for emergency support and mass-evacuation requirements.

The Public Has To Play Their Part:

All of this planning on behalf of public safety does not take away from the critical necessity of individual responsibility. It is important to keep in mind that the security considerations put in place for the Pope’s visit are for the assurance public safety — not your personal security. It is ill advised to simply hope that nothing will happen and then solely rely on the first responders to save you if something does. Personal safety is an individual responsibility. It requires an understanding of the precautions that the authorities will have in place, and then a willingness to enhance those precautions with your own individual needs.

“Personal safety is an individual responsibility.”

This may include, but should not be limited to where you can easily find bathrooms, medical attention, and safety support at your specific location. It means having the appropriate amounts of water, sunscreen, and patience to abide by the requisite security restrictions. It also means remaining vigilant, aware, and prepared with a plan so that you know what to do, know where to go, and know how to get there should something unfavorable happen.

At the end of the day, the men and women of the United States Secret Service are professionals who take their work very seriously.  They and their Philadelphia counterparts are working tirelessly to ensure that every possible eventuality has been taken into account. Their goal is to ensure that both the Pope and the public enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience. No plan will ever be perfect, but with just a little faith in the system, we’ll all see this through to a successful end.

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Spencer Coursen is the President of Coursen Security Group. He is an expert security advisor, threat assessment consultant, and protective strategist who is dedicated to reducing risk and preventing violence. His systems and strategies help corporations, non-profit organizations, schools, and at-risk public figures ensure the certainty of safety for all involved.

 www.SpencerCoursen.com 

Info@CoursenSecurityGroup.com

 @SpencerCoursen / @CoursenSecurity

https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencercoursen