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November 15, 2010 09:00 ET

AlliedBarton Security Services and ASIS Maryland Chapter Present Workplace Violence and Active Shooter Prevention Seminar

SILVER SPRING, MD--(Marketwire - November 15, 2010) - AlliedBarton Security Services,, the industry's premier provider of highly trained security personnel, and the ASIS International Maryland chapter, will be hosting a Workplace Violence and Active Shooter Prevention seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at the Silver Spring Civic Center at 8525 Fenton Street in Silver Spring, Maryland. Opening remarks, which include a discussion of the recent Discovery Channel workplace violence incident, will be presented by Assistant Chief of Police and Chief, Field Services Bureau, Wayne Jerman of the Montgomery County Police Department.

"This workplace violence prevention seminar is unique as we are presenting the blended resources and training expertise of the public and private security sectors to facilitate management training to recognize behaviors and symptoms of disgruntled workers which can lead to deadly active shooter scenarios," said Chief Dave Crawford of the Laurel, Maryland Police Department. "Local law enforcement brings the expertise necessary to train our civilian counterparts in what they can expect from a police S.W.A.T team during an active shooter incident and what to do to increase the likelihood of survival while waiting for the police response."

"In today's climate, it is essential for corporations, businesses, and all workplaces to have a plan in place to address any emergency," said Wayne Jerman, Assistant Chief of Police for the Montgomery County Department of Police. "The safety of employees and the innocent is of paramount concern. An organized plan that is in place will assist in the evacuation if necessary, keep employees focused during the emergency, and is extremely valuable and useful for first responders upon their arrival."

A study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health reports that more than 70% of US workplaces do not have a formal program or policy in place to address workplace violence. "Workplace violence can impact every industry and type of work environment, and devastating incidents continue to occur and remind us that no one is immune," said Stephen Somers, CPP and Chapter Chair of the ASIS Baltimore Chapter, and Vice President of Operations for AlliedBarton Security Services. "It is important to review workplace violence response and prevention tactics on an ongoing basis and we are happy to partner with the ASIS Maryland in that effort."

Discussion and workshop topics include domestic violence and its impact on the workplace; recognizing and preventing workplace violence; policies and procedures; community resources, and responding to and surviving active shooters. "There are very clear do's and don'ts that employees need to know when SWAT arrives," adds Chief Crawford. "For example, when the police arrive, it is not the time to be reaching in your desk drawer to grab your cell phone to call your family to inform them you are safe. When we first arrive, we do not know the good guys from the bad. Training helps everyone understand this."

The panel of experts includes: Vincent O'Neill, Chief of Security Operations, International Monetary Fund; Pamela Cichon, U.S. Postal Inspector, Washington, DC; Chief David Crawford (Retired), Laurel Police Department; Daman Toth, District Manager, AlliedBarton Security Services; and Brent O'Bryan, Regional Human Capital Management Director, AlliedBarton Security Services.

Media interested in attending this event are encouraged to RSVP to the press contact in this release. There is no cost to attend this public service event.

About AlliedBarton Security Services
AlliedBarton Security Services is the industry's premier provider of highly trained, responsive security personnel. Client-focused security officers and managers located across the country are supported by national resources developed from over 50 years of security experience. More than 50,000 employees and 100 offices provide security for several thousand clients in many industries, including approximately 200 Fortune 500 companies. As the most honored security officer services company, AlliedBarton leads the industry in award-winning programs. AlliedBarton has been recognized by Training magazine, ASTD, Corporate University Xchange, Leadership Excellence and the American Business Awards, among others. For more information call 1-866-825-5433 or visit


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