|The seminar will take place at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis
AlliedBarton Security Services, the industry's premier provider of highly trained security personnel, will host a free workplace violence prevention seminar on Friday, November 8, 2013, from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. The seminar will take place at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., in Indianapolis.
Opening remarks will be made by Ron Rabena, Division President, National Security Operations for AlliedBarton. Speakers and topics include: Judge Peggy Chiampas, Circuit Court of Cook County - A Judge's Perspective on Workplace Violence; Chief Gary Coons, Department of Homeland Security and Executive Board Member of the Indianapolis FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force - DS7 Analytics, Social Media Monitoring and Cyber Security for Workplace Safety Solutions; Brent O'Bryan, SPHR, Vice President, Learning & Development, AlliedBarton - Practical Preparedness for Workplace Violence; Pam Paziotopoulos, Sr. Vice President, Forest Advisors - Intimate Partner Violence: Incident Review and Lessons Learned; and Lieutenant Tom Sellas, SWAT Commander, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department - Active Shooter Awareness and the Digital Sandbox.
"Homicide remains the fourth-leading cause of death in the workplace according to OSHA," explained O'Bryan. "The foundation of prevention is in an organization's culture. A well-written and implemented workplace violence prevention plan, combined with education and training, provides the support for that foundation. It is this combination that can help reduce the risk of a workplace violence incident."
"Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, can happen to anyone regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other factors," said Paziotopoulos. "According to the Department of Health and Human Services, domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity in the workplace. It is important that individuals are educated to be aware of the signs of domestic violence and know who they can turn to when they are in need of assistance."
"As with any tragic event such as a fire, tornado or hurricane, we look back on the occurrence to see why it transpired," said Lieutenant Sellas. "A workplace violence incident is no different. It is important to have a plan in place and educate and inform employees to better protect them and the workplace before an incident occurs."
"We have unfortunately seen recently that the threat of an individual becoming an active shooter within a business, place of worship or school has become more prevalent," said Chief Coons. "Being prepared, knowing how to respond and understanding the signs of a potential threat of violence have become a necessity versus a specialty."