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PART I: RESPONDER SAFETY AND PREVENTING COLLECTIVE VIOLENCE: GROUP, CROWD, AND MOB AGGRESSION
April 20, 2015 @ 8:15 am - 12:00 pm
ADVANCED SKILLS TRAINING
RESPONDER SAFETY AND PREVENTING COLLECTIVE VIOLENCE: GROUP, CROWD AND MOB AGGRESSION
Group, crowd and mob behavior associated with civil unrest can result in violence affecting the participants in social or political uprisings, but can also be directed against businesses, schools, and critical infrastructure. Organizations with a multinational presence, those having expatriate employees and employees or students traveling abroad, must anticipate and prepare for the possibility of collective violence, as well as traditional forms of workplace or campus violence. Professionals working in corporate and campus security, human resources, legal and other areas, must ask themselves, “Can it happen here?” Anger directed at banks, energy companies, government agencies and other public and private entities, (such as that seen in the Occupy Movement or London Riots) can trigger potentially violent collective behavior resulting in injury, death and destruction of property.
As a result of this program, the participants will:
1. Develop awareness about current world events and the possibility of adverse collective behaviors.
2. Describe the causes of, warning signs, and behavioral dynamics of groups, crowds and mobs.
3. Be prepared as security, emergency management, and other professionals for the new challenges associated with the use of social media (Twitter, Face Book, etc.) and globalization as they relate to the development of crisis situations and the potential of dangerous and violent collective behaviors.
_ Types, scope and prevalence of collective violence
_ Defining and distinguishing between groups, crowds and mobs
_ The psychology of crowds
_ The physics of crowds
_ Identifying “flashpoints”
_ Effective countermeasures and crowd management strategies
_ Employee/student safety in crowds and mobs
_ Last-chance survival tactics in violent mob situations
This ½ day program is being offered to expand skills of those involved in an organization’s efforts to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from violence, disasters and other dangerous or threatening events. Emergency managers, law enforcement and security executives, risk, crisis and emergency management, health and safety, human resources and legal professionals will benefit from attending this program.