Threat Managment and Protection ramps up agent training

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. , Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Threat Management And Protection(TMAP) announced today that it will ramp up its agent training in anticipation of increased threats of violence by employees who are laid off in the run up to the Holiday Season.

"Our agents are trained to work closely with businesses and the legal community during hostile terminations and workplace violence. The difference now is that pressure from the current economic crisis and an increased number of guns on the street will lead to many more volatile situations," states TMAP Senior Director Paul French . "So we are adjusting our capabilities accordingly."

"Unemployment in California rose to 7.7% in August. That is the highest rate in more than 12 years. The state's 17 million person workforce lost 60,000 jobs from July to August 2008 and 240,000 jobs since August 2007 ," French said quoting the Los Angeles Times. "In addition purchases of firearms and ammunition have risen 8 to 10 percent this year, according to state and federal data. Those are figures that people responsible for workplace security cannot ignore," warned French.

On an average work day in the U.S., three people will be murdered on the job. One million workers are assaulted and more than 1,000 are murdered every year, according to the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Homicide is the second highest cause of death on the job after motor vehicle accidents. That translates into three cases for every 10,000 workers, confirms the U.S. Department of Labor. "The scary reality of this is that these figures are before the stresses of the current economic crisis," said French.

"TMAP has dealt with many sensitive employment issues in the decade since its creation, but few are more daunting than the present situation," stated TMAP CEO and President R.J. Kirschner . "At a time when workers are financially strapped, and the threat of unemployment while jobless numbers are soaring is 'the perfect storm' for security risk management companies such as TMAP."

What can be done? French suggests, "Legally employers have a fiduciary responsibility to maintain a safe workplace for their employees. Having a security risk management plan in place ahead of any potentially violent situation is the best way to protect the workers and the bottom-line."

Threat Management And Protection, Inc. is a security-driven risk management firm that provides confidential research, security consulting, investigative and protective services to corporations and the legal community in California , Arizona , Florida , Indiana , Oregon , New Mexico , Utah and Colorado .