Shawn leads Control Risks’ US-based Threat Management team. He specializes in workplace violence, providing behavioral threat assessments and creating workplace violence and active assailant prevention and response programs. He recently retired from the FBI as a Unit Chief with over ten years of experience in advancing the agency’s behavioral analysis and negotiation specialty programs.
Creating a Secure Organisation
Workplace Threat Management
Workplace Threat Management
For more than 40 years, Control Risks has advanced the concept of proactive workplace violence prevention, developing programs to identify and mitigate threats before they become a crisis.
Control Risks has formed a dedicated threat management team with deep expertise in behavioral analysis, threat assessment, radicalization, and violence prevention and response programs. Our experts include former leaders of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) and multi-agency Behavioral Threat Assessment Center (BTAC), a Chair-level contributor to the 2011 WPV Prevention National Standard, and a founder of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP). Please see below for more information.
Our expert consultants have unmatched experience in conducting on-site reviews of high-profile active shooter events and have designed and implemented hundreds of risk management plans for potentially violent individuals. They routinely collaborate with organizations to fashion innovative threat assessment and violence prevention strategies tailored to the corporate environment.
Our services are aligned with leading guidance and focus on the identification of concerning behaviors and training for personnel within your workforce.
The ASIS ANSI standard on workplace violence advocates for organizations to conduct multidisciplinary “risk screening” to evaluate the risk of violence.
The standard cautions that a formal violence risk assessment should be conducted solely by specifically qualified and credentialed personnel or outside consultants.
Behavioural threat assessments and incident response
Control Risks stands ready to assist organizations in the assessment and mitigation of active threats. Our experts can also recommend an individually tailored intervention and threat management plan for an aggrieved individual.
Our unmatched experience in behavioral threat assessment enables us to design effective intervention strategies across the spectrum of threat situations and actors, from aggrieved current and former employees and other insiders, to hostile customers and other members of the public.
Threat assessment program development
Best practice and case studies show the critical need to maintain a threat assessment program for violence prevention both in the US corporate setting and globally. We routinely help organizations to review and develop such programs based on leading practice and case experience. We can assist your organization in:
- Benchmarking and gap analysis of your current approach for identifying, assessing, prioritizing and responding to concerning behaviors and situations
- Actionable recommendations for program improvement, including specific areas for training your threat assessment team
- Team and process design – Formalize team objectives and roles, and provide a global process for escalating and responding to issues of concern
Training for organizations
Control Risks provides best-in-class training sessions that are customized to meet the needs of the various parties involved in violence prevention within organizations. Some examples of these trainings are outlined below.
Human resources and security threat management training
An advanced half-day program designed to meet the specific needs of team members managing individuals who exhibit behaviors of concern as well as those directly supervising the general workforce:
- Strategies for proactively identifying and managing concerning situations in a manner designed to prevent escalation
- Dynamic lectures and interactive case exercises drawn from Control Risks’ collective experience, all of which are customized for the organization’s work model
- A complex interactive table-top exercise designed to assess the knowledge and operational effectiveness of the multi-disciplinary prevention and response team
Specialized crisis intervention training
Training designed for public-facing employees who are at risk of interacting with hostile or aggrieved customers and other members of the public:
- Active listening techniques and exercises to help with conflict resolution
- Crisis intervention techniques
- Other strategies for de-escalating potentially volatile individuals and situations
Active assailant training
Preventing mass casualty attacks and active shooter incidents in the US and globally continues to be a top priority for Control Risks’ clients. Our active assailant training is designed for the general employee population, and reinforces safety-related corporate values within the context of a potential active shooter event. Our active shooter trainings are delivered in a variety of ways, including: in person, webinar, eLearning and custom video. You can find more information about our active shooter training options here.
For more information on our Workplace Threat Management services, or to speak directly with an expert, please email [email protected].
Andre is a Director within our Threat Management team, based in Washington, DC. Andre focuses on workplace violence and active shooter threats, and is internationally recognized as a leading expert in threat management. He recently retired from the FBI as Unit Chief, having spent over 12 years developing and advancing the agency’s Behavioral Analysis Unit.
Gary is an Associate Director within our Threat Management team, based in Washington DC. Gary focuses on kidnap-for-ransom response preparedness, crisis management planning and preparation, and workplace violence and active assailant life safety threats. He is a highly-decorated retired FBI Special Agent and Supervisor with over 30 years of law enforcement experience.
John is a Director within our Threat Management team, based in Los Angeles. He focuses on issues of workplace violence, specializing in threat assessment, case management, prevention and response programs, and incident response. He helped develop the LAPD’s Threat Management Unit. John founded the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), uniting professionals who are dedicated to issues surrounding threats.
Behavioral Threat Assessment Workshops
Training organizations on managing violent incidents and malicious insiders in the workplace
Please find more information about our Behavioral Threat Assessment Workshops below