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Don’t gamble with the risk of workplace violence.

Failure to prepare has much higher stakes than roulette. One of the most iconic quotes from the original “Star Wars” trilogy has to do with risk assessment. Really. C3-PO warns Han Solo that his flight through an asteroid field is likely to end in disaster. And that’s when Solo chimes in with “Never tell me

Interview: Vaughn Baker and Mark Warren discuss “Active Threat: Workplace 911”

Their new book equips businesses, schools and churches to prevent, prepare for and prevail over an active-shooter threat. Mark Warren, Sr. Vice President, and Vaughn Baker, President, of Strategos International, discuss their new book “Active Threat: Workplace 911.” The book is an expert guide to preventing, preparing for and prevailing over active shooters and other

Domestic violence leaves home: Is your workplace ready?

Private conflicts take wings and impact workplaces, churches and more. It may seem strange that a supervisor would need to be overly concerned about an employee’s home life. The unwritten rules of the workplace state that our domestic and professional lives are separate. Recurring headlines, however, illustrates that there is no clear separation between work,

“Jolly Awareness” Will Keep Your Holidays Delightful, Not Frightful

You don’t have to say “bah humbug” to the holiday season to stay safe. Enjoy your traditions, the crowds and the shopping. At the same time, be aware of your surroundings and focus on the environment, not your phone. Hopefully you’ll have a “Silent Night,” but just in case, a mindset of “jolly awareness” will

Churches don’t have to choose between security and hospitality

  Maintaining a secure but welcoming environment simply requires balance. On the heels of 2018’s horrific synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pa., came this FOX News headline: “Violence prompts churches to weigh security vs. welcoming.” While I understand the sentiment behind this idea, it misunderstands what makes a church secure. There is in fact no stark

Got Protesters? Handle With Care

Holster the donuts and suspend the arguments. Unless it’s violent, let this storm blow over. A well-known protest group recently made its rounds at churches in the Orlando area, spewing an all-too-common message of “hate thy neighbor.” In our hyper-politicized age, everything appears to be a cause for protest. And protesters are not generally known

Immediate Responders Stand in the Gap While Police, EMS Mobilize

With training, especially in medical skills, they can be effective in saving lives. Note: This article was written for the International Public Safety Association. Strategos encourages donations to this worthy non-profit organization. The term first responder has been used for decades to describe the heroic women and men in uniform that make up our law

The Strategos Security Minute: Warning Signs of Workplace Violence

It’s rare that someone “just snaps.” Learn what to look for so you can defuse the event before it happens. Whether in the workplace or the community, people who commit violent acts almost always display behaviors that indicate they are under stress. Vaughn Baker, president of Strategos International, explains some of the warning signs of

Are Active Shooter Panic Buttons the Solution for School Security?

Strategos President Vaughn Baker tackles the pros and cons in this edition of Strategos Security Week. In an effort to protect students, more than 20 schools in Illinois – and more than 150 nationwide – have installed active-shooter panic buttons. Does this technology spell the end of active shooters? Vaughn Baker addresses the pros and