ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Several employees from commands across the Rock Island Arsenal attended threat awareness training at the Rock Island Arsenal Clubhouse, Feb. 14-16.
On Feb. 14, a group of multi-functional employees from the RIA Police Department, RIA Garrison, and several tenant units who are engaged in the threat awareness process received training in two areas: Verbal De-escalation skills and Personal Safety Strategies; and Identifying and Managing the Aggressive Individual.
"This joint training effort was the first step in a collaborative and cohesive approach to enhancing threat awareness and management to the entire workforce on RIA," said Jennifer Mehmert, chief, Workforce Development Branch, Army Contracting Command-Rock Island.
On Feb. 15-16, supervisors from ACC-RI and U.S. Joint Munitions Command attended half-day training on Managing the Aggressive Individual.
The training was provided by consultant Dr. Kenneth L. Wolf and Marilyn Knight, president and CEO of the Incident Management Team, a crisis management, security and violence prevention training consulting company. IMT has a long history of training both private sector and governmental agencies on violence prevention.
According to his biography, Wolf has assisted in implementing training and threat assessment protocols and programs for commands at approximately 20 installations, including Army Materiel Command (AMC) Headquarters; U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Ft. Bragg Special Operations Command (USASOC); Defense Logistics Agency Command (DLA HQC); Fort Belvoir; Fort Meade; McAlester Army Ammunition Plant; Fort Drum; Blue Grass Army Depot; Fort McCoy; and Fort Carson.
Jody Besse, JMC Ombudsman, helped bring the training team to RIA, and said it is important because it was an opportunity to share current and meaningful information on a subject that could impact the safety of employees.
"In addition to training ACC-RI and HQ JMC supervisors, I thought it was important to also bring representatives from multiple functional areas across multiple organizations together to examine risk factors and mitigation strategies, so we are better prepared to address any future issues," said Besse. "Dr. Wolf has vast experience in assisting government and private organizations deal with workplace behaviors. His expertise and real-life examples really cemented the principles he shared."
Mark Mower, civilian deputy director, ACC-RI, said there was substantial value provided through this threat awareness training.
"The team recognized an opportunity to capitalize on the training Dr. Wolf provided at Rock Island Arsenal and coordinated two training courses for ACC-RI supervisors, said Mower. "During the training, Dr. Wolf imparted the need for awareness of potential indicators of increased risk of violence in the workplace and techniques for attempting to diffuse escalating situations."