Workplace Violence and Active Shooter in the Business

Active shooter events claim an average of 113 fatalities each year in the United States. Approximately half of these attacks occur at businesses. Since 2009, active shooter events have increased 600% and the number of people killed at these events at has increased 150%. The six highest casualty active shooter events since 2000, have happened despite law enforcement arriving on scene in three minutes or less. Law enforcement officials have stated that active shooter events are the most pressing public safety priority. Numerous federal agencies have stated that workplace violence and active shooter events will continue to increase.


Research shows that active shooter events are rarely spontaneous and perpetrators plan and prepare their attack for days, months, and even years. Case study research of active shooter events finds that perpetrators actively study prior events so that they can thwart security measures and public safety response. This lecture will review the ways these attacks were averted and the plans the perpetrators intended to carry out. Half of all active shooter attacks are over before the first law enforcement officer arrives on the scene. Because of the swiftness of the attack, businesses must be prepared for such an event.


This presentation discusses the data that is available on workplace shootings to establish best practices security procedures. A 2007 research study found that active shooter training often presents conflicting information providing little to no value during an active shooter event. This presentation separates fact from fiction and offers multiple methods to increase safety and security and prevent an attack.


This powerful lecture will discuss many facets of active shooter response. The active shooter history will be discussed, including the constant modification of active shooter attacks based on research the shooter(s) conducted. The profile of the active shooter will also be explored, including predictors based on age, race, and social status. The threat of terminated or laid off employees will also be discussed in depth. The legal liability, financial effect, and loss of reputation at workplace shootings will be discussed, citing examples from previous attacks.


Last, actions to take during an active shooter event will be discussed. Public safety response to the event is discussed so employers can create plans and procedures that complement public safety response. Threat Suppression staff have spent more than 20,000 hours researching active shooter events. We have trained more than 100,000 people on active shooter response. The Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, the Department of Education, ASIS International, and the International Association of Workplace Professionals all recommend the active shooter training available at Threat Suppression. This class satisfies OSHA requirements for workplace violence training.


If you would like to download a copy of this course description, click here. If you would like more information on booking this course, please email, or call 1-800-231-9106. 


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