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Threat Assessment: A Risk Management Approach


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Detailed “how to's” of threat assessment—from the initial contact to the sharing of results!

This book examines the factors that human resource, security, legal, and behavioral professionals need to understand in work violence and threat situations that disrupt the working environment, revealing the best ways to reduce risk and manage emergencies. It includes case studies and hypothetical examples that show recommended practices in action and provides detailed interviewing methods that can increase the efficiency of current strategies. Helpful appendices provide sample forms for identification cards, stay-away letters, workplace behavior improvement plans for problem employees, questions for health care providers, and announcements for employees regarding security changes. An extensive bibliography points the way to other useful material on this subject.

   
Preventing Workplace Violence: A Guide for Employers and Practitioners

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Preventing Workplace Violence provides a detailed look at how traditional tools for occupational health and safety, discipline, and employee relations are inadequate and inappropriate in responding to the problem of workplace violence. In fact, the methods and approaches commonly in use actually worsen the problem in some cases. This book summarizes the most up-to-date learning in this area and offers practical guidance and recommendations for assessing the risk of violence, steps for preventing workplace violence, and a thorough discussion of employee rights and employer responsibilities. Highly recommended for employers, managers, union leaders, attorneys, consultants, and others who confront the issue of violence in the workplace.

 

   

Blindsided: A Manager's Guide to Catastrophic Incidents in the WorkPlace


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The world-renowned crisis consultant offers a comprehensive blueprint to guiding a company through the aftermath of a disaster

The tragic events of September 11, 2001, put businesses nationwide on alert: They now know they need to prepare for catastrophes. Bruce T. Blythe, a leading consultant on corporate crises, offers managers a step-by-step guide to a subject that has intimidated all too many managers, causing them to postpone such preparation indefinitely.

Blythe guides the reader through a series of worst-case scenarios, from a shooting rampage to a flash flood to a terrorist attack, offering handy checklists and field-proven action tests for quick results. He instructs managers and corporate executives on how best to prepare their teams for a crisis and how to deal with customers, employees, and the media in its aftermath. He explains tactics and preemptive measures that ensure:

* a quick return to work
* effective press management
* better morale
* fewer lawsuits down the line

Blindsided does more than secure the structure of a business. It shows you how to rebuild the spirit of your employees, so that your business can come back stronger than before.

Author Biography: Bruce T. Blythe is the founder and CEO of Crisis Management International

 

   
Policing Hatred: Law Enforcement,Civil Rights,and Hate Crime

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"Policing Hatred explores the intersection of race and law enforcement in the controversial area of hate crime. The nation's attention has recently been focused on high-profile hate crimes such as the dragging death of James Byrd and the torture-murder of Matthew Shepard. This book calls attention to the thousands of other individuals who each year are attacked because of their race, religion, or sexual orientation. The study of hate crimes challenges common assumptions regarding perpetrators and victims: most of the accused tend to be white, while most of their victims are not." Policing Hatred is an in-depth ethnographic study of how hate crime law works in practice, from the perspective of those enforcing it. It examines the ways in which the police handle bias crimes, and the social impact of those efforts. Bell exposes the power that law enforcement personnel have to influence the social environment by showing how they determine whether an incident will be charged as a bias crime.

   
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

From the Publisher  On Killing: the Psychological cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
The twentieth century, with its bloody world wars, revolutions, and genocides accounting for hundreds of millions dead, would seem to prove that human beings are incredibly vicious predators and that killing is as natural as eating. But Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, a psychologist and U.S. Army Ranger, demonstrates this is not the case. The good news, according to Grossman - drawing on dozens of interviews, first-person reports, and historic studies of combat, ranging from Frederick the Great's battles in the eighteenth century through Vietnam - is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill. In World War II, for instance, only 15 to 25 percent of combat infantry were willing to fire their rifles. The provocative news is that modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning, have learned how to overcome this reluctance. In Korea about 50 percent of combat infantry were willing to shoot, and in Vietnam the figure rose to over 90 percent. The bad news is that by conditioning soldiers to overcome their instinctive loathing of killing, we have drastically increased post-combat stress - witness the devastated psychological state of our Vietnam vets as compared with those from earlier wars. And the truly terrible news is that contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques and - according to Grossman's controversial thesis - is responsible for our rising rates of murder and violence, particularly among the young. In the explosive last section of the book, he argues that high-body-count movies, television violence (both news and entertainment), and interactive point-and-shoot video games are dangerously similar to the training programs that dehumanize the enemy, desensitize soldiers to the psychological ramifications of killing, and make pulling the trigger an automatic response.

 

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