Providing Security for Houses of Worship

Churches, synagogues, and other religious institutions are vulnerable to planned attacks of targeted violence. Forensic Security & Protection, LLC is skilled at addressing the risks facing your place of worship using an all-hazards approach and is committed to acquiring training from the best in the world. In 2023, Jonathan Kremser, Ph.D., principal consultant attended Faith Based Armed Security, held at the Tactical Defense Institute in Ohio. This class was taught by their renowned instructors and tacticians. Contact us today for a free consultation on how we can protect your house of worship.

2022 Crime Prevention with risk terrain modeling

Jonathan Kremser, Ph.D., Principal Consultant, completed a workshop on Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM) on September 16, 2022. The workshop, taught by Dr. Joel Caplan and co-hosted by Stockton University, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Atlantic City Police Department, focused on how to use RTM for resource deployments, community engagement, and crime prevention. RTM is risk assessment for places. It identifies environmental conditions that contribute to crime problems. RTM drives decision-making and action for security.

US CPTED Association

The US CPTED Association is a national network that supports Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Practitioners that utilize CPTED concepts to design safe and sustainable communities. CPTED is a multidisciplinary approach which is grounded in the premise that “the proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in incidents and fear of crime and improvement in quality of life.”

2022 Threat Assessment Training

Throughout May and June 2022, Jonathan Kremser, Ph.D., Principal Consultant, completed extensive threat assessment training. What is a threat assessment? Threat assessment is “a process that attempts to predict the likelihood that an individual will commit a violent act.” Threat assessment is an essential part of your organization’s safety protocol.

2022 Workplace Violence Master Class

What is Workplace Violence? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace violence is “any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site.” Workplace violence can impact any organization. Forensic Security & Protection, LLC uses the latest data-driven approaches in its prevention, intervention, and response to the threat of violence in the workplace. Principal consultant, Dr. Jonathan Kremser, attended the 2022 Workplace Violence Master Class that focused on preparation and prevention.

Digital Threat Assessment

Dr. Jonathan Kremser, the principal consultant at Forensic Security & Protection, LLC, has successfully completed basic and advanced certificates in Digital Threat Assessment from Safer Schools Together (SST), an expert team of cyber threat analysts who have helped schools throughout the United States and Canada minimize and manage risks of school violence. SST conducts cyber threat assessment training for the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). The training focuses on identifying threatening behavior across commonly used social media platforms. The vast majority of recent school shooters have clear warning signs online in the form of social media posts.

Forensic Security & Protection, LLC provides awareness and response training to school staff and parents in these ever-changing technologies. Our expertise includes empowering school administrators and staff in the evolving area of cyberbullying prevention and response, in addition to addressing current privacy and security issues pertaining to remote work and school.

Standard - ASIS International

Dr. Jon Kremser was involved as part of an interdisciplinary team of security experts in the recently released Standard from ASIS International: Workplace Violence and Active Assailant—Prevention, Intervention, and Response. This new Standard contains best practices that organizations can use to develop workplace violence prevention programs or to improve upon their current programs.

The Standard also contains a new Active Assailant Annex with additional protocols for organizations to implement. According to Dr. Kremser, “This guide is about identifying, assessing, responding to, and mitigating threatening behavior and violence affecting all aspects of the workplace. It provides actionable information and guidance for security leadership in your organization.”

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Professional Designation

In August 2020, Dr. Kremser received the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Professional Designation through the National Institute of Crime Prevention. CPTED is a proactive technique in which the proper design of the built environment can lead to a reduction in fear and incidents of crime. CPTED designated experts are qualified to develop strategies that influence human behavior and work closely with law enforcement agencies on initiatives to improve safety in the community, including the safe design of schools, parks, healthcare facilities, and houses of worship. CPTED designated experts are also involved in writing city ordinances, planning, and zoning, architectural site plan reviews, and performing field assessments.

Digital Threat Assessment

In June 2019, Dr Jon Kremser attended a seminar on Digital Threat Assessment at the National Association of School Resource Officers conference in Tennessee. This provided the most up-to-date information on social media investigations relating to school safety. Dr. Kremser notes that an overall assessment of risk to school safety “must also include an investigation of social media and students’ online activity.”

American Society of Criminology

At the most recent annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Atlanta, Dr. Kremser presented a paper addressing “The Rise in Risk of Victimization in Juvenile Facilities.” His presentation focused on specific facility design, minimum staffing ratios, policies, and training as a way to reduce the risk of victimization of youth.

effective violence prevention program

The approaching holiday season means stress! During this time of the year, your organization is at heightened risk of workplace violence. OSHA defines workplace violence as “violent acts (including physical assaults and threats of assaults) directed toward persons at work or on duty.”

Forensic Security & Protection, LLC can help your company prevent a tragedy and minimize liability. We offer an effective violence prevention program for your workplace, with an emphasis on prevention training for you and your employees. We can also audit any of your current preventive measures. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.


29th Annual Meeting of the International Police Executive Symposium

On August 21, Dr. Kremser presented “Breaking Barriers: Coordinating Healthcare and Police Response to the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic in the United States” at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria. His presentation was part of the 29th Annual Meeting of the International Police Executive Symposium. Dr. Kremser’s paper focused on the governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency within Pennsylvania, which was introduced earlier this year by Gov. Wolf to address the devastating problem of opioid addiction across the Commonwealth. The results of the Proclamation include better collaboration among state agencies, and additional resources for law enforcement and other first responders. Dr. Kremser is a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Diversion Subcommittee in Harrisburg.

Threat Management Conference

Forensic Security & Protection, LLC is committed to the exchange of experience and techniques with other professionals in the field. In August 2017, Dr. Kremser attended the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) annual Threat Management Conference in Anaheim, California. The objective of ATAP is to learn more about how best to protect victims of stalking, harassment and threat situations and become better equipped to manage threatening situations. ATAP is comprised of professionals such as law enforcement, prosecutors, mental health professionals, and corporate security experts.

Pennsylvania Principals Association’s 2017 Educational Leadership Summit

Dr. Kremser conducted an innovative workshop on “Making Sense of Cyberbullying: Bridging Research and Intervention,” for the Pennsylvania Principals Association’s 2017 Educational Leadership Summit in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

School Safety Forum

Following the Sandy Hook shooting, Dr. Kremser organized and addressed the second School Safety Forum to discuss concerns about school violence and security

Certified Protection Professional (CPP)

Jonathan Kremser, Ph.D., Principal Consultant, maintains the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) which is globally recognized as the standard of excellence for security management professionals. The designation is awarded based upon experience and passage of a rigorous examination that measures an individual’s knowledge of security. It also requires ongoing professional development, including the completion of 60 continuing professional education credits every three years.

Forensic Security & Protection, LLC has an unparalleled reputation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for providing detailed physical security assessments for schools, houses of worship, and businesses. Our goal is to develop research-based security solutions for our clients.