Aug 29, 2010
Chris Grollnek Profile
Chris Grollnek interviewed as expert in active shooter and workplace instructor and risk mitigation specialist. I was interviewed this week by a national newspaper (USA Today) as one of three interviews I have given as an expert in Active Shooter and Workplace Violence topics in as many days. I gave approximately 1&1/2 hour interviews on what schools can do to better educate administrators, teachers, and students for preservation of life. The training is not police or military related in action steps to take to stop a threat, to the contrary, its what to do if you get caught in that type of situation. Preservation of life training can take over fight or flight and reaction methods can be taught and instilled. We also discussed recent events in Colorado and the Houston Public Safety Announcement released for public awareness regarding active shooter safety training. Great things are happening as one paper listed me as; "Resident of McKinney, Texas, Expert in Active Shooter Training for Civilians" was totally humbling to tell you the truth. As a retired police officer with an extensive background in active shooter training and actual experience in both police related active shooter events and one in a "civilian " capacity while on vacation with my family driving right into the middle of an active shooter event. We discussed me making a PSA for schools and churches as well as directing one for public places. As stated earlier, one reporter found out I have real life experience in active shooting events from police and civilian experience. One while on the swat team taking fire at the front door of a residence and the other responding to an active shooter at the McKinney Police Department May 8, 2010. http://blutube.pol iceone.com/police- news-videos/935638 939001-footage-of- mckinney-police-st ation-after-active -shooter-incident. I was on the swat team that responded to the shooters residence as the point man on the team not knowing what to expect after making entry thinking the home was bobby-trapped, that was a very long day... The one that I was involved in as a civilian was when my family was on vacation in Florida last year while driving to Coco Beach Florida the day of the rocket launch from Cape Canaveral. That day gave me the perspective as we drove right into the shooting area without knowing what was going on as it "just happened out of no where" and my instinct was to react to get my family to safety which is what we did. That incident gave me real time insight as to what civilians need to do and how to react with a trained response plan. I could have headed towards the shooter but realizing police were present, it was best to get to a place of safety for my family. I often ask others, what would you have done in that situation? The most common answer is they don't know, so I discuss response tactics from a practical perspective that I lived through instead of the "police/swat " perspective. I just got my family away from the shooter and that was instinctive from all the training I received as a Police Officer with years of swat experience. Chrisgrollnek.com has more information... Having just graduated with a Masters Degree with my "capstone project" in active shooters one of the papers writing for a national publication lists me as "one of the most qualified experts in the country." Having an education in the subject, being published in periodicals, experience teaching several courses over the years, and three active shooter events behind me I am understanding why they write these opinions, and I say that with a humble heart. I'll post the articles when they print in the next few weeks. I have several phone interviews pending with journalist's. If you see any publications, please let me know. As always, thank you and again and I have yet to be humbled to this degree. Here I was and am enjoying my retirement with my family and the next minute I am being interviewed. Chris Grollnek (Aug 5, 2012 | post #1)
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Every now and then, in the middle of the constant barrage of crap that’s just pissing us all off these days, we come across a story, a feat, an event that just makes us stop in our tracks. This was one for me. Cody Green was a 12-year kid in Indiana who was diagnosed with leukemia at 22 months old. He loved the Marines, and his parents said he drew strength and courage from the Marine Corps. As he bravely fought the battle into remission three times. Although he was cancer-free at the time, the chemotherapy had lowered his immune system and he developed a fungus infection that attacked his brain. Two weeks ago, as he struggled to fend off that infection in the hospital, the Marines wanted to show how much they respected his will to live, his strength, honor and courage. They presented Cody with Marine navigator wings and named him an honorary member of the United States Marine Corps. For one Marine, that wasn’t enough … So that night, before Cody Green passed away, he took it upon himself to stand guard at Cody’s hospital door all night long, 8 hours straight. Nowhere on the face of this planet is there a country so blessed as we to have men and women such as this. I wish I could personally tell this Marine how proud he makes me to be an American. God … I do so love this country. Thanks for reading, Chris Grollnek (Jul 10, 2012 | post #1)
We are seeking individual feedback and opinions regarding the subject of how liable a company "should" be from an individuals perspective. Please read the write up and provide your personal thoughts regarding the subject. If you have anything to add, please visit my blog at www.chrisgrollnek. com and provide any feedback you can from any perspective... I am conducting research for a Phd and beginning with public feedback for reference material. Thank you in advance, Chris Grollnek There are caution signs surrounding us daily, at work, at social events, and even visiting other businesses. During your daily travels are you cognizant to the threats that surround you? Or are you the person that possesses the mentality; “it will never happen here.” Most of us believe that if an incident did occur, someone in management or another person “somewhere in the company” would be diligent to take appropriate action. Sometimes we need to ask ourselves, do the people that matter know the information that may have become concerning to you? The thought process outlined in the paragraph above comes straight out of after action reports from the majority of previous violent incidents during investigative stages. There is a fine line between paranoid and a heightened sense of awareness. Learning to be aware will calm you in larger crowds and can actually help you remain calm in strenuous events. Become alert and listen to your sixth sense. Walking through the mall provides opportunities for unfortunate and at times violent encounters, yet we still travel and shop at these types of places with our families. It is important to maintain this mentality for daily survival purely from a sane perspective. Today’s post simply points out that you cannot just bury your head in the sand believing that it will never happen to you. Instead, be aware and alert, know your surroundings and exits and have a good time. Stay relaxed but not asleep in the crowd. Have a plan for your family should an incident occur. Is your phone pre-programed with 911? Does your family know how to accurately report what is going on should an incident occur? If an incident does occur, remember to follow the basic guidelines and principles (found in earlier posts) that will increase your survival rate exponentially. Feel free to contact me with any questions, Chris Grollnek MS/AJS Master of Science Administration of Justice and Security Please check back weekly for updates at www.chrisgrollnek. com or for formal training in active shooter prevention and awareness check out: www.countermeasure consulting.com All persons within an organization have the right to remain in a safe work environment. Organizations have a legal and morale obligation to ensure best practices are followed through appropriate training. Countermeasure Consulting, LLC provides active shooter specific training and education practices can make this possible and mandates are found at: OSHA regulation 29 U.S.C. 654, § 5, it states: Duties: (a) Each employer – (1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees; (2) shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act. (b) Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this Act, which are applicable to his own actions and conduct. Christopher Grollnek or follow this link for more related information: http://chrisgrolln ek.wordpress.com/2 012/07/06/work-pla ce-violence-and-em ployers-responsibi lities-2/ or this one: http://www.chrisgr ollnek.com/?p=237 (Jul 6, 2012 | post #1)
The following Failure Event Statistics have been compiled from a number of notable sources including: Bureau of Labor Statistics Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Corporate Security: According to the Centers for Disease Control, citing Bureau of Labor statistics, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI): (CFOI) reported 11,613 workplace homicide victims between 1992 and 2006. 2009 (CFOI) statistics indicate that 12% of fatal work injuries were a result of homicide. According to (CFOI) statistics, the “assaults and violent acts” category was the only type of event to see an increase in fatal work injuries from 2008 to 2009. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics: In 2008 there were 30 multiple-fatality workplace homicide incidents. On average, about two people died in each of these incidents. A breakdown of the 2008 statistics shows that: ◦ 1. Shootings accounted for 80% of all homicides.R 32;2. Co-workers and former co-workers were the assailants in 12% of the shootings.R 32;3. Robbers were the assailants in 40% of the shootings.R 32;4. Nearly half of the shootings occurred in public buildings, thereby endangering bystanders. Recent Incidents: Orlando, Florida -November 2009 – A suspect was arraigned on first-degree murder charges in the killing of one and the wounding of five others at a business where he once worked.
- Former Employee Albuquerque, New Mexico-July 2010 – Three were killed (including the shooter) and four others were wounded by a man who was angry over a custody dispute.
- Domestic Dispute St. Louis, Missouri-January 2010 – Four killed, 5 wounded -manufacturing plant
- Current Employee Kennesaw, Georgia-January 2010 – Two killed, two injured-truck rental office
- Former Employee Grand Rapids, Michigan-January 2011 – A woman destroys a towing office and assaults employees over a bill she received. Cost in damage was several thousand dollars.
- Disgruntled Client School Security: From Charles J. Whitman atop the University of Texas Tower, to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold marching into Columbine High School to Seung-Hui Cho chaining a lecture hall’s doors shut before opening fire at Virginia Tech, school shootings have provided some of the most memorably grim scenes of American life in recent decades (nytimes.com). Eight percent of students in grades 9-12 reported being threatened or injured with a weapon, such as a gun, knife, or club, on school property in 2009. In 2009, 31 percent of students in grades 9-12 reported they had been in a physical fight at least one time during the previous 12 months anywhere, and 11 percent said they had been in a fight on school property during the previous 12 months. In 2008, students ages 12 to 18 were victims of about 1.2 million nonfatal crimes (theft plus violent crime) at school, compared to about 1 million nonfatal crimes away from school. During the 2007-08 school year, 85 percent of public schools recorded that one or more incidents of crime had taken place at school, amounting to an estimated 2.0 million crimes.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics) According to the National Center for Education Statistics: In 2008, data from the National Crime Victimization Survey showed that more crimes were committed against students ages 12 to 18 at school than away from school. Students ages 12 to 18 experienced about 1.2 million nonfatal crimes (theft-plus violent crime) at school, compared to about 1 million nonfatal crimes away from school. 7.7% of students in grades 9-12 reported “being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property at least one time during the previous 12 months” -2009 Thank you again for reading, come back often, Christopher Grollnek www.chrisgrollnek. com (Jun 29, 2012 | post #1)
Legal Team Consulting in Police Related Strategies The unique service, consulting defense attorneys, is a hard find because more often than not, officers do not want to delve back into the situations from which they just departed. The services offered through CGPGMG, LLC include consulting prosecution and defense teams utilizing strategies from a police officers perspective. Consulting services include validation of appropriate police tactics, officer conduct, agencies policy and procedure practices, appropriate affirmative link investigative techniques, metrics used for search warrant applications, and law enforcement insight. Lawyers representing clients of suspected malicious prosecution cases are the priority of these services offered. In order to have a case accepted, former police detectives must determine the viability of the claim(s) by the evaluation of each element of the case. The process begins with a thorough reading of all offense and arrest reports to determine the possibility of malicious intent from either side. Determining the factuality of the case presented follows and the final step prior to accepting any case is an in person interview with the client/accused. This process is used in conjunction with defense team strategies to ensure a seamless due diligence process. Following the initial assessment and contractual agreement to consult, CGPGMG, LLC begins with the possibility of their client’s innocence and to determine police or judicial misconduct to prevent innocent persons being prosecuted. Because of the selective number of cases Chris Grollnek accepts; his reputation in the community is exceptional and highly sought. As certified Internal Affairs investigators, the team within CGPGMG brings unique perspective to each case few other companies offer. Thank you for reading and check back often, Chris Grollnek www.chrisgrollnek. com (Jun 29, 2012 | post #1)
Countermeasure Consulting Group maintains that the majority of the following incidents and the resulting statistics are completely preventable. Not only are they often preventable, employers have a legal obligation to protect employees from workplace violence. According to the FBI report entitled “Workplace Violence-Issues in Response”, “Businesses are under a variety of legal obligations to safeguard their employees’ well-being and security.” These obligations stem from Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requirements and even Civil Rights law requirements. The following statistical data clearly demonstrates that violence can happen anywhere at any time. Countermeasure Consulting Group is prepared to provide practical solutions to common workplace security issues. For a complete list of incidents referenced, please visit http://www.counter measureconsulting. com/eventstatistic s/?mn=1 As always, thank you for reading… Christopher Grollnek www.chrisgrollnek. com http://www.chrisgr ollnek.com/?p=218 (Jun 29, 2012 | post #1)
A couple tips to follow taken from the Homeland Security website if the unthinkable takes place, try to remember to stay calm and follow a few of these guidelines... If you find yourself inside a building and a violent incident takes place, here are a few helpful tips for you to increase your survival probability. Remain inside, find a door that can be locked from the inside and barricade yourself behind it if possible If you are not inside a room that is capable of locking, get to one as expeditiously as possible Move furniture and cabinets in front of the entrance to ensure the violent offender is slowed to the point that forces them to move on Shut off all lights, close the blinds of all windows and glass openings if possible Silence your cell phone, and call 911 Stay low behind the brick portion of the room, remain silent, and do not panic, console others, 99% chance you will need to do this because few are truly prepared… For more, tune in next week, the smile steps above do not guarantee survival, but they increase your survivability percentages exponentially. As always, check back and keep up with the my blog as much as you can… Thank you, Chris Grollnek www.chrisgrollnek. com (Apr 22, 2012 | post #8)
Active shooter is a phenomena that police tactics and training need to focus on for years to come. The correct and appropriate response of our brave civil servants is paramount to maintaining the integrity of each communities safety. Chris Grollnek is committed to serving the public sector through advising and training appropriate responses of companies and employees before the police arrive to manage the incident. Please check in with http://www.chrisgr ollnek.com weekly for tips and advice on mitigating workplace issues of potential violence all the way to continuity of operations should an incident occur. Thank you for reading, Chris Grollnek (Apr 22, 2012 | post #7)
Scotts Helping Hands is beginning a fund raising campaign starting next week. Stay tuned as the organization is getting ready to sponsor several of the local youth in sporting events and assisting families with problems few like to discuss. It all starts with help from donations that are completely tax deductible and Scotts Helping Hands non-profit continues to help with so many others have failed. Please prayerfully consider a donation, each dollar helps no matter the amount. Currently, we have three athletes training for college and not on the street because of the gifts people just like you have provided. Go to www.scottshelpingh ands.org to make a difference today. Thank you for the support... Chris Grollnek (Apr 18, 2012 | post #3)
Here is a story that is troubling and a phenomena that the country is facing. http://www.policeo ne.com/Officer-Saf ety/articles/54312 77-Suspect-in-fata l-Calif-deputy-sho oting-planned-poli ce-ambush/ My blog will detail this swift change in functions of offenders next week. Stay tuned... Thank you Chris Grollnek www.chrisgrollnek. com (Apr 18, 2012 | post #6)
Suspect in multiple-officer NH shooting found dead Chief killed, 4 other officers shot while serving search warrant... Follow the story here: http://www.policeo ne.com/Officer-Saf ety/articles/54071 13-Suspect-in-mult iple-officer-NH-sh ooting-found-dead/ Chris Grollnek www.chrisgrollnek. com (Apr 13, 2012 | post #1)
I thought I replied but it did not go through. Yes there are several price points and hourly minimums depending on the case and time to review and read. The prices are forthcoming, for now, all is being down Pro Bono... Keep checking back, Chris Grollnek MS/AJS www.chrisgrollnek. com (Apr 13, 2012 | post #5)
There are several price points coming and hourly minimums, for now, all is Pro Bono... Keep checking in at www.chrisgrollnek. com (Apr 13, 2012 | post #4)
Chris Grollnek MS/Administration of Justice and Security Retired Police Corporal Patrol-Undercover Narcotics-Detectiv e-SWAT www.chrisgrollnek. com Are you interested in hearing more about legal issues, law enforcement topics such as search and seizure, powers of arrest discussions, and opinions such as acceptable actions of police officers and conduct? Mission: Part I My new blog, www.chrisgrollnek. com, is designed to provide vital information from a unique law enforcement perspective. Information will be updated weekly with articles and personal opinions. Look for essays, case review examples, and strategic methods for uncovering faulty police work with weighed prosecution intent. I will also answer feedback received via your questions and input. Mission: Part II Are you an attorney who could use the experience of a retired law enforcement official for case review and management? Organizations such as the Innocence Project and others like it seek to provide assistance to victims of malicious prosecution and judicial misconduct. When these rare occurrences happen, whom better to turn to then a former detective with years of experience presenting criminal cases? Chris Grollnek has a plethora of experience presenting cases to Grand Juries and Trail Courts in both the State and Federal systems. Far too often the system makes a mistake somewhere along the line. When the mistakes go unanswered, damage control begins at a level during the life cycle of the proceedings and far too often is not addressed. As a certified Internal Affairs investigator, Chris Grollnek has the ability to draw from experience providing alternatives to guilty not guilty thoughts for defense. As an expert in police tactics and procedures, reviewing cases from a detective’s perspective often results in a “non-traditional” approach to your clients needs. Several attorneys who have utilized these services report that following a case review; they were better able to understanding their client’s criminal situation. Providing ideas for attorneys seeking legal maneuvering during a case work up, this unique option has advantages far beyond winning or nullifying an inappropriate rendered verdict. Volunteering time reading cases gives the opportunity to help limit and possibly eliminate police misconduct that sullies the courtrooms through “testilying” practices. Realizing this does not always occur, high-profile chiefs of police in both New York and Los Angeles published a joint opinion that the practice is far more widespread then reported. See next week’s blog for a point paper regarding “testilying.” Often, following a case review, attorneys can re-visit offense and arrest reports prior to or post Grand Jury action and can adjust their strategy. I invite you to pass the information along to others. All services offered are as needed on a first come first serve basis. Additional resources: Chris Grollnek is certified through the Reed Method Interview and Interrogation. As an expert in interviewing, several clients have re-directed their approach to cases based on client’s misrepresentations prior to an interview. For now, these services are Pro Bono to assist those who have been directly affected by possible poor procedure or improper police/judicial conduct. I look forward to your feedback and the challenging situations presented. Disclaimer: • Chris Grollnek reserves the right to refuse the examination of any case without cause or explanation • Chris Grollnek does not provide professional witness services • Each case review requires a release and hold harmless signed and notarized by each party involved • The mission of these services and blog is strictly for informational purposes • The services offered are an informational tool for practicing and licensed attorneys to assess criminal cases (Apr 9, 2012 | post #2)