Responding To Active Aggressor

Responding To An Active Aggressor

Protect the safety, security and peace of mind of your employees with this empowering and informative presentation on how to respond to an Active Aggressor in your workplace.  With 15 years of experience in the subject, we have the background and expertise, that other do not possess, to ensure your organization receives the best training possible.


The most devastating form of workplace violence is an Active Aggressor, or an Active Shooter.  Law enforcement defines an Active Shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.”  We use the term “Active Aggressor” to encompass and describe any person who is intent on causing harm to as many people as possible.   


Unfortunately, these situations are becoming more commonplace in North America.  Two recent examples in Canada from 2014 include Active Aggressors in Ottawa, Ontario, and in Nanaimo, British Columbia.  In Ottawa, the Aggressor entered the Parliament grounds, shot and killed a solider and then proceeded into the Parliament buildings and continued shooting.  In Nanaimo, a disgruntled ex-employee at a sawmill entered the workplace and began shooting, killing two and injuring another two of his previous co-workers. Sadly, there are many other examples in recent years. 


No longer a question of if it will happen, but now the question is when and where will it happen next. A response from law-enforcement is only part of the answer.  The responsible employer must ask, what can I do to insure the safety of my employee’s should an Active Aggressor incident happen at, or close to, my workplace? What steps can I take to ensure the safety of my employees? This program will give you, your staff and your organization the tools to prevent, prepare for, and mitigate an Active Aggressor incident.


Workplace safety is a critical part of every employer’s responsibilities.  In today’s workplace, every business has a fire and earthquake plan to insure their staff members are prepared in the event of an emergency.  But what about a plan to effectively deal with an Active Aggressor situation? Depending on the workplace, an Active Aggressor incident may be far more likely to occur; the results may be far more enduring and catastrophic.


Employers mandate first aid training so that staff members are prepared to handle medical emergencies should they arise.  Similarly, an organization that is prepared to prevent, contain and manage an Active Aggressor incident will help save lives, theirs and yours.  Further, it will assist in and promote the recovery of the organization as a whole from such an unthinkable event.  Mitigating the impact of a potentially devastating incident requires preparation and prevention.  With our experience we will provide you with the tools that you require. 


An Active Aggressor plan needs to be included as part of an organization’s overall Emergency Preparedness Plan.


Topics Covered


What is an Active Aggressor?

An important first step, we will clearly define for your team what an Active Aggressor is. Knowing this determines how an organization reacts and how law enforcement responds.


Mitigating the potential harm of an Active Aggressor

Prevention and preparation are the most important component to keep employees safe and secure in the workplace.  We teach critical strategies and procedures to mitigate the impact of an Active Aggressor event.


Warning signs of an Active Aggressor

A common misconception is that Active Aggressors ‘just snap’.  In reality, studies of Active Aggressor events have demonstrates that there are often several warning signs.  We will teach you what to look for, how to recognize the warning signs and what to do about it.


How to react to an Active Aggressor incident

We provide detailed yet simple and effective processes that all staff can do to help keep safe. This compelling topic empowers staff, providing them with the right mindset to help bring about as safe a resolution as possible.


What to expect from law enforcement

Seconds count in an Active Aggressor incident; mere moments of any delay can have a catastrophic result. Understanding what law enforcement will do and how employees can help is a key component to your organization’s Active Aggressor response.  Being prepared for what law enforcement expects will additionally empower staff and assist in the resolution of the incident.


What law enforcement expects of you

Law enforcement will be reacting to staff evacuating or remaining in the premise.   Crucially, we prepare your team to provide the correct response to law enforcement in order that you achieve the safest possible outcome in the event of an incident.


Post-event – what to expect (external)

When an Active Aggressor events occur there is overwhelming demand on the organization from outside sources including media, law enforcement, employee families and more.  We teach you how to understanding response strategies and use these strategies to respond to these external demands.


Debrief and follow-up procedures and protocols (internal)

Sustainable recovery from an event of this magnitude is a key factor in managing the aftermath.  We provide strategies to support the short and long-term well being of employees and their families. We discuss how individuals and the organization can effectively move forward from such an event.


Supervisors’ Additional Session


As a leader in your organization, there are specific demands placed on you in an Active Aggressor incident.  It is vitally important that leaders of the organization are prepared.


We will delve deeper into the following phases of an incident as it relates to leadership, management and supervision, including:


Pre- event

·     Considerations when interacting with staff

·     Environmental considerations in the workplace

·     Preparation/exercises


During the event

·     The role and impact of a leader during an Active Aggressor incident

·     Do’s and Don’ts


Post-event – what to expect (external)

·  Dealing with the overwhelming demand on the organization from outsid sources

·   Understanding response strategies and responding externally


Debrief and follow-up procedures and protocols (internal)

·    Strategies for ensuring long-term well-being of employees and their families

·    Strategies for effectively moving forward as an organization

·    Strategies for ensuring best results to your external responses(?)


Seminar Length: 

2 hours

With "Supervior Module" 3 hours

Seminar Cost: 

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