Court Security Personnel Receive Training
on Workplace Violence
Training on preventing and mitigating workplace violence, with an emphasis on dealing with active shooter attacks, was presented to 118 court security personnel and Capitol Police officers in two day-long sessions held October 24 and October 25, 2013. By the nature of their work, security personnel are often at the frontline of workplace violence. The training was organized by the Administrative Office of the Courts, in collaboration with Capitol Police, and presented by John Rose of Holston International Training and Consulting, LLC.
"In speaking with a number of the court personnel who attended the seminar, it was quite obvious from their comments that the information and lessons learned were extremely informative and worthwhile. Additionally, the Administrative Office of the Courts should be commended for their efforts in both recognizing the need and for their willingness to fund such training".
Lieutenant Lee C. Clough
The training session commenced with a brief update provided by Jim Wright, Deputy State Court Administrator, on new security initiatives, and a general question and answer session. The presenter, John Rose, was then introduced by Captain John Horsman of Capitol Police. The training focused on the characteristics and appropriate response to each of the four categories of workplace violence; the need to institute workplace policies and strategies that can reduce instances of workplace violence; and tactics and responses to an active shooter attack. In particular, the speaker stressed the importance of implementing and practicing a response plan for both security personnel and civilian personnel. Training should include external partnering agencies so that outside agencies can be familiar with the physical layout and internal security procedures. An assessment of the workplace's vulnerabilities should be conducted to anticipate and prepare for a rapid response should violence occur.
Examples of real life incidents, such as the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Colorado, the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and the 2011 Crawford County Courthouse shooting in Arkansas, were used to illustrate the responses in place at the time and the "lessons learned" from each event. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions throughout the training and discussions were lively and engaged.
Presenter John Rose addressing court security and Capitol Police officers on preventing and mitigating workplace violence.