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.

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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.

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Dr. Jon Kremser was involved as part of an interdisciplinary team of security expertise 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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ATAP is comprised of professionals such as law enforcement, prosecutors, mental health professionals, and corporate security experts.

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.

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

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