Gaps, Silos, and Disconnects: Looking at the complexity of workplace violence incidents

Mr Rick Shaw1
1First Preventers, Las Vegas, United States

Threat Assessment Teams are tasked with the complex job of both managing and preventing workplace violence and other threats. The complex threats are often multifaceted including at-risk individuals within the organization, at-risk individuals who used to be part of the organization, at-risk individuals who have issues with the organization or with people within the organization, as well as at-risk individuals within the community. Post-incident reports reveal even the best-trained workplace violence Threat Assessment Teams (TATs) struggle to assess, intervene, and successfully prevent incidents and tragedies from at-risk individuals due to common gaps, silos, and disconnects that exist across every organization and community. This session will share research-based data and real-world examples of these common gaps, silos, and disconnects that must be eliminated to help your Threat Assessment Team (TAT) and other TATs be more successful.


Rick Shaw is the Executive Director of First Preventers. He has been a First Preventer since 6th grade. Professionally has been performing prevention focused assessments for 30+ years and prevention research for 15+ years. Rick created the First Preventers organization to empower organizations and communities to prevent more incidents and tragedies.

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