If you’re in the field of preparedness, the notion of a rogue employee is not new.
However, the tragic outcomes of a highly skilled and disgruntled former police officer taking down his counterparts has left many shaken in LA and across the U.S. Christopher Dorner, age 33, was accused of going on a killing spree, taking the lives of three people, with the publicly stated intention to kill those associated with the LAPD. Dorner died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on Feb. 12. While to many that seems the end of the story, Dorner, post-mortem, has amassed a public of supporters. On Feb. 18, a crowd gathered outside of the LAPD headquarters to protest in his name. This shows that even when a crisis is over, the after effects and public perceptions are longstanding. Not only that, but as the field of preparedness learns from this tragedy, we need to address the likelihood of a rogue employee.
One of our key scenarios at PreparedEx builds around a disgruntled employee. Of course, we all want to promote a safe and healthy workplace; sadly, events such as a employee who wants to hurt others does need to be considered in exercises, trainings, and planning.
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About Rob Burton
Rob is a Principal at PreparedEx where he manages a team of crisis preparedness professionals and has over 20 years of experience preparing for and responding to crises. Part of his leadership role includes assisting PreparedEx clients in designing, implementing and evaluating crisis, emergency, security and business continuity management programs. During his career Rob has worked for the US State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, as a crisis management consultant in Pakistan and Afghanistan where he negotiated with the UN and Pashtun tribal warlords and he served with the United Kingdom Special Forces where he operated internationally under hazardous covert and confidential conditions. Rob was also part of a disciplined and prestigious unit The Grenadier Guards where he served Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Palaces in London. Rob was a highly trained and experienced infantryman serving in Desert Storm and commanded covert operational teams and was a sniper. Rob has keynoted disaster recovery conferences and participated in live debates on FOX News regarding complex security requirements and terrorism. Rob has a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.