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Threat Management Team

The Baltimore County Police Department began a workplace violence prevention program in September 1999 after several incidents of workplace violence in the Hunt Valley area of Baltimore County. A federal grant was secured that enabled the department to start a program of educating the business community in workplace violence awareness, investigating cases of violence in the workplace and the management of cases where threats of harm had taken place.

The goals of this program include educating the business community of the seriousness of workplace violence, reducing workplace-related violence through the development of violence prevention programs, assessing and managing threats of targeted violence, and enhancing relationships between the Police Department and the business community. We also work closely with Baltimore County Public Schools to mitigate threats to the school system.

Workplace Violence: Victim and Offender Relationship

Homicide is the second leading cause of death in the workplace, surpassed only by transportation accidents.

The relationship between the victim and offender may be of special interest concerning crime in the workplace. Many of these incidents have been attributed to disgruntled employees and domestic disputes that occur between individuals currently related or who have had previous relationships.

Workplace violence consists of an assortment of variables, ranging from crimes by strangers or customers, to current or previous employees. In many cases domestic violence follows the employee to work. A national survey conducted by the Department of Justice revealed that 65 percent of violent workplace incidents were domestic-related.

How We Can Help

The Threat Management Team provides several levels of services at no cost to the consumer:

  • We provide workplace violence prevention seminars for managers, as well as employee assistance and human resource professionals, to address personnel problems and intervention.
  • We provide help in case investigation, intervention, and assessment and management strategies for threats of violence.
  • We assist with the prosecution of cases as necessary through a relationship with local courts and the Office of the State's Attorney.

We recognize that some of your information will be of a sensitive nature. The relationship between your business and the Threat Management Team is kept confidential.

Contact Information

Contact the Threat Management Team at 410-887-7825 to request information about workplace violence, or to schedule a free threat and security assessment available for public and private entities, religious institutions, and public and private schools:

Lieutenant J. Bryan Shanks, commander of the Behavioral Assessment Unit
Email: jshanks@baltimorecountymd.gov

Detective Kenneth Brown, Threat Management Team
Email: kbrown@baltimorecountymd.gov

The Threat Management Team is part of the Behavioral Assessment Unit under the Baltimore County Crisis Response System (BCCRS) (PDF). The BCCRS program consists of the Crisis Hotline (410-931-2214), In-Home Intervention Team, Urgent Care Clinic, Critical Incident Support Team and Critical Incident Stress Management Team (PDF), Threat Management Team, and Mobile Crisis Team.

 
Revised October 17, 2019         

 

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