A crucial step in any successful threat management process is knowledge of the players involved. Some individuals truly intend violence (known as hunters), while others merely want to threaten or draw attention to themselves (howlers). Threat Assessment and Management Strategies: Identifying the Howlers and Hunters helps those who interact with questionable populations to identify problem behaviors and determine the appropriate preventative action.
A successful threat management process does not necessarily depend on large staffs or huge resource commitments, but, instead, on attention to detail and a thoughtful approach. Through actual case studies and case analyses, this volume explains the best practices for assessing problem individuals and recommends the optimal protective response and management strategy. The authors provide key indicators of hunters and howlers, comparing and contrasting their behaviors and motivations. An entire chapter is devoted to analyzing the intimacy effect and demonstrating how it applies to law enforcement, specifically to interpersonal relationships involving targets of intended violence.
Frederick S. Calhoun, Ph.D. was the principal architect in developing the threat-assessment process used by the U.S. Marshals Service for analyzing risks to federal judicial officials. Currently, he manages a national workplace violence prevention program for a large federal agency. Stephen J. Weston is a 32-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol. From 1991 to 2006, he managed the unit responsible for the investigation of threats against California state officials. Their combined expertise provides anyone who is involved in managing potentially violent situations with the guidance needed to contain the threat posed by these would-be predators.
Introducing Hunters versus Howlers
Balancing Physical Security and Threat Management
Who Needs Managing?
Threat Management Concepts
Purpose of the Book
Case Analysis: The Poacher
Defining Hunters and Howlers
Hunters Defined and Exemplified
Howlers Defined and Exemplified
Hunters versus Howlers
Case Analysis: The Payoff
What Hunters Do
Case Analysis: The Nonaccidental Tourist
What Howlers Want
Case Analysis: The Snitch
Issues of Interest
Working with the Intimacy Effect and the Law
Working with the Intimacy Effect
Applying Federal Law
Working with State and Local Laws on Threats and Domestic Violence
State Stalking Laws
Case Analysis: A Mother’s Help
Working with the Hunter and Howler Concepts
Working with the Last Straw Syndrome
Managing Hunters and Howlers
Case Analysis: The Relentless Pursuer