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    Active Threat Preparedness

    Date: June 12, 2024, 8:00am – 9:30am
    North Star SHRM Board
    In-person only session at
    Circuit Check
    6550 Wedgwood Road, Suite 140
    Maple Grove MN 55311
    Free to chapter members. Registration is required, with link available in description below.
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    North Star SHRM will be hosting an in-person only seminar (limited to 30 attendees) titled: Active Threat Preparedness presented by Drew Modenhauer of Blue Ethos on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This session will be at Circuit Check, 6550 Wedgewood Road North, Maple Grove, MN 55311. All North Star SHRM members are invited to attend. There is no cost to attend.  Registration is required as this is an in- person only session and will not be available virtually.  If you plan on attending, please click the link below to register.  Registration is limited to 30 attendees.

    Registration is required to attend

    This session will provide public and private entities with active threat and preparedness training. The focus will be on improving safety and security, preparing to handle external or internal threats, and teaching rapid response techniques using situational awareness. Basic and easy-to-remember skills will be taught on how to increase your chances of surviving an encounter. Through case studies, the learner will be able to learn from past events on what has worked and has not worked from past active threat events. These tools will empower employees to feel safe at their workplace.

    Learning Objectives:


    1. Attendees will learn about an active threat's common motives and ideologies and how to identify warning signs and proper paths for intervention, including de-escalation.
    2. Threat Assessment- Attendees will see an example of a Threat Assessment at a facility which will include photos, identifying a safe meeting location for staff members, and customized safety tips specific to the facility. Vulnerable points and fatal funnels will be discussed and how to avoid these locations.
    3. Fear Response and Intuition- The presentation will focus on teaching attendees how to listen to their intuition and learn how, during an active threat, their fear response can help them survive. Tools will be provided to help attendees avoid worry and anxiety and how to focus on being mentally prepared. Good Situational Awareness is key!
    4. Situational Awareness- Attendees will learn how to read a potential attacker's body language and assess verbal and non-verbal cues and clues. De-Escalation and Prevention- Attendees will learn how to de-escalate a situation when someone becomes irritable and irrational. Attendees will learn keywords to avoid in certain situations and how to help someone calm their irrational behavior.

    Our Presenter:

    Drew Modenhauer, Owner and Master Instructor of Blue Ethos

    Drew Moldenhauer is the Owner and Master Instructor of Blue Ethos Specialized Training. Drew has 17 years of Law Enforcement Officer experience with two police organizations in Minnesota. He has held titles in his tenure: Active Shooter Instructor, Use of Force Instructor, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Instructor, and Field Training Officer. He is currently an active Police Officer with the City of Osseo Police Department. He holds a Master’s Degree of Science in Public Safety Executive Leadership from St. Cloud State University. He is an Adjunct Professor at Hamline University, Concordia St-Paul University, Metropolitan State University, Normandale Community College, and Hennepin Technical College. He just finished a year of full-time teaching at Bemidji State University. He teaches various classes and is active in teaching at the police academy. Drew recently co-authored his first book, How Smart Police Officers Use Situational Awareness to Improve Safety, with Dr. Richard Gasaway. Some of his articles have been posted to Police1 and He is a Master Instructor with Situational Awareness Matters and an International Speaker on Situational Awareness. He has provided training to numerous manufacturing corporations, clinics, daycares, schools, oil refineries, municipalities, and associations.