I was very proud to be at the Schaumburg Police Department today – and would like to credit the new Chief James Lamkin with bringing the business community together around a critical issue: active shooter planning.

About Today

This seminar was a joint effort between the Schaumburg Police Department, the Schaumburg Business

This seminar was a joint effort between the Schaumburg Police Department, the Schaumburg Business Association and Hillard Heintze to help local business leaders learn more about workplace violence and how to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from an active shooter event. Hillard Heintze Senior Vice President Matthew Doherty spoke for about 45 minutes of the 90-minute session and took questions afterwards. The team also shared with attendees a short executive briefing that will help guide their planning in this arena in the weeks and months ahead.

Who Attended the Seminar

The weather was pretty lousy. So it was gratifying to see more than 60 business leaders make the effort to attend – including several of the nation’s most respected and recognized corporations.

The weather was pretty lousy. So it was gratifying to see more than 60 business leaders make the effort to attend – including several of the nation’s most respected and recognized corporations.

What Matt Doherty Spoke About

He started off with a short discussion about targeted violence – as a serious risk, but one that can be prevented. He then shared what we know as a nation about the pre-attack process.  Most importantly, he emphasized that research has confirmed that targeted violence:

He started off with a short discussion about targeted violence – as a serious risk, but one that can be prevented. He then shared what we know as a nation about the pre-attack process.  Most importantly, he emphasized that research has confirmed that targeted violence:

  1. Is the result of an often discernible process of thinking and behavior,
  2. Stems from an interaction among the potential attacker, past stressful events, a current situation and the target and,
  3. A potential attacker’s behavior is vital to identifying his or her intentions. The attacker’s thinking, planning and logistical preparations have to be detected and interrupted.

Matt cautioned the audience that, on average, active shooter events are over within five to twelve minutes – and despite a prompt law enforcement response, will likely be over before they arrive on the scene.  Matt then provided some fascinating insights into the mind of an active shooter – and then what an Active Shooter Plan based on best practices in use today must address.

Do You Have an Active Shooter Plan in Place?

If you’re interested in having Hillard Heintze speak to your corporation or association about active shooter planning, please let me know and I will put you in touch with our engagement planners. If you’ve got one in place – and like key facets of it – share that with me too. Or explain why your

If you’re interested in having Hillard Heintze speak to your corporation or association about active shooter planning, please let me know and I will put you in touch with our engagement planners. If you’ve got one in place – and like key facets of it – share that with me too. Or explain why your organization’s is deficient.

 

An active shooter attack is over in five minutes or less. Would your team be prepared?
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