STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Safety Council is hosting a seminar Sept. 5 aimed at helping the business community react to life-threatening attacks in the workplace, schools and other areas.
Tim Dinoff, former police officer and internationally recognized speaker, will present the "Active Shooter" seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the lecture hall at Eastern Gateway Community College's Steubenville campus.
Admission is $35 for chamber members and $50 for non-members. Reservations are requested and should be made through Saturday by calling (740) 282-6226 or e-mailing info@JeffersonCountyChamber.com.
Dinoff will discuss strategies such as environmental design, technology and communication, law enforcement response and informative action that can increase survival odds for those under attack.
"The focus of his talk will be vulnerabilities in the business place, " Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce President Sue Hershey said. "He'll assess those vulnerabilities and ask pertinent questions - do you have security cameras, is there a policy in place to deter people from entering your building - and also offer solutions as to what you can do to make your business place safe."
She said while the topic is unfortunate, "it's a sign of the times. It's like with fire drills, we just need to be prepared - I think that was really highlighted recently at that school in Georgia. The principal said they do drills on what they should do, so they were prepared."
The seminar, she said, is designed to get people thinking about how they can prevent violence in public areas as well as how they should react if it does happen.
"It's to get people thinking, 'What if it did happen here?' We all think 'it can't happen here,' but unfortunately, everywhere it has happened (no one) ever thought it would. Then afterwards, there's the 'if we'd thought about it, we could have done this or we might not have done that.' You may not always be able to talk someone out of it, but there is a preventative course of action people can be aware of. Knowledge is power."
Dinoff is founder and president of SACS Consulting and Investigative Services, specializing in high-risk workplace and human resource issues, security, vulnerability assessments and crime. A former narcotics detective and SWAT team member, he is board-certified by the American Society of Industrial Security as a certified protection professional. He also is registered with the Technical Advisory Services of America as a legal expert in human resource, management training, police/private security and corporate security procedures.
"We feel that bringing this seminar to the public heightens awareness that there is is something we can do to make ourselves, our businesses, safer," Hershey said. "We all think it will never happen but it does happen, and in the unlikeliest places."