The following is a brief summary of some of the key factors that we look into when there is a concern for workplace violence, threats being made, and other behaviors such as stalking or aggression outside of work which may have impacted other company employees. In some instances the threatener may be a former employee, a client or prior client, a family member or other related or unrelated individual.
Note: This section is not intended to be comprehensive.
Where do we start?
Has a threat been made? What was said exactly?
A threat risk assessment will often be made based on discussions or discreet interviews with staff and supervisors or managers and other individuals that the subject is familiar with.
This can be done concurrently with arranging armed protection personnel to make sure that your company’s employees are safe.
Does the company have evidence of information, emails, or other items that may be important and relevant?
For example the subject has a known history of looking for weapons at work, bringing weapons to work (in their car or desk). In some cases, the subject may have information on their desktop or laptop that should be reviewed for content or browsing history.
Do you have a recent photo of the employee or subject?
A photo and or physical description is best if available to assist in recognizing the subject. Not only for responding armed protection specialists but also to alert your internal lobby/ reception personnel should the subject show up unexpectedly.
Was a background check conducted on the person before they were hired?
Can the background report be found? In many cases we have worked on a background check was run but cannot actually be located.
A detailed threat assessment background should be conducted to rapidly determine if any new adverse activities have occurred such as threats posted on social media, online weapons fascination, new criminal activities, financial stresses that have developed.
There are numerous background check components that need to be examined for signs of workplace violence and related issues of aggression, intimidation and other behaviors.
Credit history and driving histories are two of the items we look at: does the person have a history of weapons possession, police evasion, road rage or other serious driving infractions that may suggest aggressive behaviors?
Has the subject’s ability to cope changed?
Often coworkers are aware of changes the subject has mentioned or things they have observed during the workday.
There are a myriad reasons that result in a subject having increasing agitation and difficulty coping in life. For example, they may be in a difficult divorce case, losing access to their children or parental visits, and many other issues such as alcohol abuse, drug abuse, over-medication, etc. In many cases there are undiagnosed mental health issues. Have they been up all night playing violent video games (this may impact other mental health issues which may have already existed) and the person is also dealing with exhaustion and other exacerbating factors.