Elected Members Personal Safety Training
Enhancing Safety for Public Figures
“4 out of 5 MPs have experienced intrusive or aggressive behaviour. Almost 1 in 5 MPs said they had been attacked or experienced an attempted attack. Half of MPs who reported intrusion or aggression said they had been targeted in their homes.”
Goals of the Training:
- Raise personal safety awareness for persons in the public eye who work in the community
- Clarify appropriate Personal Safety Habits (“routes and routines”)
- Explore well-established formulas for Threat Assessment from contacts (social media, mail, telephone)
- Understand common profiles for persons who assault public figures (“who does this?” goals and aims)
- What to do to enhance safety in different contexts (1:1 meetings, public appearances etc.)
- Actions in the event of an assault occurring
Course Content for Councillors and Elected Members:
Upon completion of a training session, your attendees would explore the following personal safety learning points:
- Set the context for the training (incidents: Jo Cox, Stephen Timms, Nigel Jones, Andy Pennington)
- Self-Awareness and the trouble with routines
- Making high-stakes predictions
- A model for predicting if a threatening contact is truly dangerous
- Promises and Threats
- Pre-Incident Indicators: a model for spotting the danger in a meeting or interaction
- Persistent Threatening Contact and the antidote to it
- Responding to ‘fans’ who seek closer contact
- Why Barring Orders are not the answer
- What are the objectives of a person who assaults a public figure?
- How to minimise value as a target of threatening attention
- Sensible precautions to take for official public appearance
- Sensible precautions to take for Lone Working meetings
- The Power of Intuition
- Positioning, Body Language, Gaze, Attitudes for Safety
- Actions on being assaulted: pre-contact verbalisation strategies
- Actions on being assaulted: physical strategies for survival or possible escape
The goals and learning outcomes above are based largely on a system of threat assessment which provides risk management and threat assessment and protection for exceptionally at-risk families and individuals. At Dynamis, we have extracted the most pertinent advice and guidance from available material to create a training experience which will prove useful and practical to busy people.
Elements of our proposed training have been woven throughout our Personal Safety training for many years, however we endeavour to tailor this course for your members to give them maximum benefit.
We understand that your elected members are busy people! This course could be delivered in brief over a half-day (3-hour) time-period however it could more comfortably sit within a longer timeframe. We suggest that you survey your elected members and allocate a time-frame which is proportionate to the level of risk that they feel and amount of training which is appropriate to that.
When: 3 to 6 hours based on your identified needs and scheduled for your convenience
Who: Groups of up to 12 staff are led by each Dynamis trainer (larger groups by request).
Where: Training is held at your venue
How: Our trainers deliver this course using a mix of lecture/presentation, Q&A, group task work and scenario case studies.
Why: ✓ Matched to your needs ✓ Led by Professional Trainers ✓ Fully Risk-Assessed ✓ Values Dignity and Respect ✓Safeguards rights ✓ Offers Staff Practical Options ✓ Value for Your Investment
Authorities Providing Personal Safety Training to their Councillors
Firstly, there are examples of local authorities providing personal safety training for their elected members around the country, following guidance from the Home Office about the safety of MPs.
Course Feedback from Dynamis training attendees from Jan-December 2016
Were your expectations about the course met?
- Exceeded 52.28%
- Fulfilled 47.45%
Did the trainer observe good Health and Safety practices?
Yes (Y) 98.93%
Were exercises on your training course conducted safely?
Yes (Y) 368 98.66%
How did you rate the Dynamis instructor’s knowledge and competence?
- Excellent 75.87%
- Very Good 21.98%
- Good 2.68%
Were all your questions answered comprehensively by your trainer?
Yes (Y) 98.39%
Was the training delivered using a mix of delivery styles which enabled you to learn effectively?
Yes (Y) 99.46%
Was the course of the right duration for you to gain the skills and knowledge you needed?
- Slightly too long 10.99%
- Just the right duration 72.12%
- Slightly too short 13.40%
Were the techniques and tactics you learned appropriate to the real scenarios you will – or might forseeably – face in your work?
Yes (Y) 95.98%
Were the theory and knowledge components of the course helpful for you professionally?
Yes (Y) 98.93%
Gavin DeBecker on how to deal with the persistent threatening contact: