Security and Threat Management

Conflict is a natural part of human interaction, in some instances the outcome of the conflict can be an improved relationship, in extreme situations it can lead to lethal violence. Sometimes, the nature of a person’s employment increases the risk that threats can be made, for example, those working in customer services, human resources, ethics officers, mental health experts, policing, security, members of the legal profession, and politicians.

In the field of threat assessment, we typically define violence as any actual, attempted or planned violence towards another. It includes communications or behaviors that causes others to fear for their safety, and includes sexual violence, and workplace bullying.

Threat assessment and management is not a skill that you automatically possess because you were previously in law enforcement. Threat assessment and management is a skill that needs to be learnt and developed through formal ongoing training, additionally there is a growing body of research and threat assessment tools that are relied upon by threat assessment professionals. A threat assessment is never a static ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, and anyone putting themselves forward as a threat assessment expert who gives such a reply doesn’t understand the dynamic process of threat assessment. Someone who is low threat today might be a high threat in two months’ time as circumstances in his (or her) life change. .

Threat assessment professionals should always advise a client what to be on the lookout for that could indicate an increased, or deceased, level of threat. There should also almost always be a management plan provided so as to actively help reduce the level of threat.

While physical protection is an essential component of safeguarding against violence, such services tend to be a last resort and often define the line where violence will occur, if not used in conjunction with a threat assessment and management protocol. When physical protection is combined with a proper threat assessment, it can help determine if there is a need to increase physical security measures, and for how long, thus reducing costs involved. The overall goal is to bring peace of mind to the person or organization who is the focus of the threat, and reduce unnecessary expenditure in respect of protective services.

Preparatory profiling

Communication is the key to successful business dealings. As with any relationship, understanding your partner’s personality, needs and interpersonal style, is key to communication and a successful relationship. Preparatory profiling helps facilitate the achievement of your organisation’s goals by providing you a deeper understanding of your business relationships even before they start. Preparatory profiling does this by conducting open-source enquiries with legally available information to build up a personality profile of the person or persons with whom your organisation will be interacting with in the course of its activities.

How does this help?

These insights can assist in tailoring your interactions with persons you will have dealings with, to increase the likelihood of your organisation achieving its goals, whether they be negotiations for an acquisition, wage negotiations, developing new customers, and the like. It is ‘preparatory’ because it prepares you to have the advantage when you interact with the person who has been profiled. Having such insights gives you an additional edge by understanding the person you will be dealing with before meeting them.

How is this done?

When such a request is received open-source information is analysed such as news media reports, videos, and social media. Where possible, information is also sourced from persons who may know the individual who is the focus of the profile. Their interactional style is analysed, their personality, their manner of doing business, their likes and dislikes, and history are formulated into an insightful report to help prepare you for your interaction with the person.

Who is this done by?

These reports are compiled by experienced profilers with a background in law enforcement, clinical psychology, threat assessment and law.


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