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January 11, 2013

Training program on ‘Workplace Violence and Domestic Terrorism’ slated for February 12th in Kalamazoo

The 5th District Homeland Security Planning Board, with co-host the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Department of Public Safety, will present a one day Workplace Violence and Domestic Terrorism training program at M-TEC-KVCC in Kalamazoo. This program is designed and intended for both law enforcement and the private sector. The initial program was presented in October 2012.  Due to numerous requests received after that presentation, we are offering it again in an effort to accommodate those who could not attend. This program, which includes morning refreshments and a box lunch, will be provided to attendees at NO COST.

Note: Due to limited seating, there will be no registration on site.  You must pre-register to attend.

Recently a number of violent tragic events have occurred throughout the U.S. where a “Lone Wolf” perpetrator has been directly responsible for carrying out deadly attacks. Between July and December of 2012 the following attacks have taken place:  in July the movie theatre shooting in Aurora, CO left 12 dead and 38 wounded; in August the Sikh Temple shooting at Oak Creek, WI left 6 dead and 3 wounded; in October the shooting at a beauty salon in Brookfield, WI left 3 dead and 4 wounded; in December the shooting at the crowded Clackamas Town Center Mall in Portland, OR left 2 dead and 1 wounded;  and the most recent and horrific attack on the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT that left 26 dead including 20 first grade children. In four of the six incidents the active shooter took his own life. These violent attacks, carried out randomly, simply re-enforce the fact that these incidents can and do take place anywhere, and at anytime. Clearly, these individuals have repeatedly shown the significant threat they pose for anyone in the workplace.

Do you have a plan in place? How will you react and/or respond to such an incident at your workplace? What warning signs should you look for? Who should you pass the information on to? This course is designed to assist participants in identifying the causes of workplace violence and provide a brief overview of various terrorist groups, including Lone Wolf operatives, their history and modus operandi.

Key elements discussed will include:  Situational Awareness, Paths to Intended Violence, and Crisis Personalities.  Public and Private Sector personnel have the need to recognize that workplace violence can take many forms and has numerous causes.


Mr. Gaspar Mendez of Mendez & Mendez Training Consultants of Mason, Michigan

Date and Location:

February 12, 2013 at “The Groves” at M-TEC Center- Kalamazoo Valley Community College (I-94 and 9th St.)


Sign in begins at 8:30 AM; Program begins promptly at 9 AM.

Program Cost:


Suggested Attendees:

Law Enforcement Personnel of all ranks, Corporate Security Directors, Security Coordinators, School Administrators, School Principals, Key staff personnel, Public and Private Human Resource Directors and personnel, Personnel Managers, Supervisors,  Prosecutors/Staff, and others.


All registrations must be completed via email.

To download a registration form, click here.  Please register early by completing and returning the form.

Email your completed registration form to:  Gene Alli – allie@stjosephcountymi.org or Paul Edwards – predwa@kalcounty.com.  Alli says, “Please complete and return quickly as we are filling up.”

Once your registration has been confirmed we will email you a notice of confirmation and map to the training site.

Questions concerning this training can be directed to:  Gene Alli – St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Dept. at (269) 467-9045, extension 244 or Paul Edwards – Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department at (269) 383-8795.


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