2019 was a good year for IFPO board member and former IFPO chair Tom Conley. In November, he received an award as one of 2019’s Most Influential People in Security from Security Magazine and the same month, he and his company, The Conley Group Inc., were awarded the Bill Zalud Memorial Award for Professional Excellence.
Later the same year, Conley, CPP, CISM, CMAS, delivered a Security Magazine webinar, Conducting a Workplace Violence Threat Analysis and Developing a Response Plan.
"The webinar examines how to best complete a thorough threat assessment, true foundation strategies to prevent an active killer event, and maintaining strong and vibrant public-private relationships to advance an organization’s workplace violence threat," according to a Security Magazine story by Maria Henriquez, published on Feb. 14, 2020.
Henriquez's story summarizes the three lessons in Conley's webinar: Defining an Active Killer, The Mentality of an Active Killer and Truths About Security Protection.
Here is an excerpt from the story:
"What is an active killer? Conley defines an active killer as a suspect or assailant whose activity is immediately causing death and serious bodily injury. It’s important to understand that death or serious bodily injury can come from anything that can be used as a weapon or no weapon at all, says Conley. “Think about anything that can be used to hurt others. Bodybuilders, for instance, can use their bodies to inflict pain on others due to their physical makeup,” he says.
According to Conley, the active killer is considered the greatest human threat in the security business, on school campuses and within our communities. However, it wasn’t until after the Columbine High School mass shooting, in which two teens went on a shooting spree on April 20, 1999, killing 13 people and wounding more than 20 others before committing suicide, that patrol deputies and officers had specialized training for patrol to respond to active threats, says Conley.
Before Columbine, police arrived, set up a perimeter and called S.W.A.T, patrol deputies and officers had very limited firepower and no specialized training on responding to insider threats, which was a major security problem, Conley notes.
What does this mean for security? After Columbine, agencies reevaluated response to “Active Shooter” situations, first unit(s) on scene engaged the suspect, and two, three and four-office teams were implemented throughout the U.S."
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