Business Council Event: Workplace Threat Assessment

Staying Left of Bang: Workplace Threat Assessment Teams

When: Monday, November 13, 2017 8:00 AM thru 12:00 PM
Where: Sacred Heart Graduate Center, 3 Landmark Square, Stamford, CT
Registration: This is a FREE event to Business Council of Fairfield County members, but please register in advance


Every business organization is susceptible to workplace violence. Employers have a legal and ethical obligation to promote a work environment free from threats and violence. Additionally, employers can face economic loss as the result of violence in the form of lost work time, damaged employee morale and productivity, increased workers’ compensation payments, medical expenses, and possible lawsuits and liability costs.

The most effective way to respond to workplace violence is to engage in prevention measures. Organizations can prevent poor response to threats by establishing Threat Assessment Teams and workplace violence procedures before an incident occurs.

This session is intended for employers who are developing workplace violence plans and establishing threat assessment teams, workplace threat assessment team members, and municipal officers working with private sector threat assessment team members. Topic to be addressed:

What constitutes a threat?

     Identifying and reporting threats and threatening behavior
     Threat assessment and management principles
     Workplace violence myths

What are Threat Assessment Teams? 

         What is their purpose?
         What are their goals and how do they accomplish them? 
         Who, within a workplace, typically serves on a threat assessment team?
         What is the role of law enforcement in private sector threat assessment teams?
         Steps in the threat assessment process
         Legal considerations
         Common problems and solutions



Special Agent DiPasquale, FBI

 Samuel J. DiPasquale III, has been a Special Agent with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 1996 and a Bomb Technician since 2000.  SABT DiPasquale is currently one of five Master Bomb Technicians within the FBI.  SABT DiPasquale has numerous certifications and duties in the FBI, including training federal, local and state officers, foreign police agencies in numerous disciplines such as executive protection, explosives, hazardous materials, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), improvised explosives, arson and terrorism.  SABT DiPasquale has numerous deployments overseas to include, but not limited to Iraq, Kuwait, Algeria, Morocco, Chile, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia and Kazakhstan.  Prior to SABT DiPasquale joining the FBI, he was a police officer in Massachusetts for approximately 10 years.

SABT DiPasquale is currently the Bomb Technician Coordinator for the FBI New Haven office, and overseas the FBI EOD/WMD Task Force, currently operated within the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  The Task Force is comprised of approximately 30 state and local officers, responsible for all emergency services calls in Connecticut.


Sergeant Derderian, Connecticut State Police

 Trooper First Class Arthur Derderian a 1986  graduate of the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School.  He served as an Active Duty U.S. Air Force Team Member from 1985 to 1989.  Upon exiting the service he worked for a brief period in Explosive Manufacture at Dyno Nobel formerly Ensign Bickford.  He went onto commercial contracting in Unexploded Ordnance and Demining operations completing contracts in Kuwait and Bosnia. 

In 1998 Trooper Derderian joined the CT State Police and was activated by his US Air Force Reserve unit Westover Air Reserve Base shortly after 9/11/2001.  He served a single tour in Iraq during 2003.  Upon release from active duty he attended the FBI Hazardous Devices School and was assigned to Troop W Bradley Airport as a Bomb Technician and Explosives K9 handler.

In 2007 Trooper Derderian was assigned to the Emergency Services Unit as Bomb Squad coordinator and was designated Bomb Squad Commander in 2011.


Sergeant Louis DeRubies, Stamford Police

As Bomb Squad Commander since 2007, DeRubeis has developed specialized skills and experiences in planning, managing, and supervising explosive ordinance disposal operations, weapons of mass destruction incidents, K-9 explosive detection details, executive protection and VIP explosive sweeps and security operations.

In addition to his years of counter-terrorism operational experience, he has studied terrorism and homeland security concepts domestically and internationally. In 2008 he attended Homeland Security and Bomb Squad Operations training in Israel. Furthermore, DeRubeis presented on Police Bomb Squad operations and response in Madrid, Spain at the 2014 Defence iQ -International EOD & Counter-IED Conference.

DeRubeis has developed partnerships in public and private sectors, training numerous first responders and educating corporations in emergency management and crisis response including workplace violence and IED recognition protocols. DeRubeis strives to enhance safety and maximize efficiency for public safety professionals and organizations in the private sector.


Event Address: 
3 Landmark Square
Stamford, CT 06901
Event Date: 
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Event Location: 
Sacred Heart Graduate Center, Stamford