TRAINING SEMINARS for Communities and Corporations

Protecting Your Family in Public Places

This seminar presents potentially life-saving information for attendees of all ages if they find themselves exposed to danger in a public place such as a restaurant, movie theater, church or outdoor event.  Protecting Your Family in Public Places teaches research-based tactics and techniques that citizens can use to increase their chances of survival. In the initial portion of the presentation Matthews discusses how to pre-plan with family members in an age-appropriate manner prior to ever leaving your home. The second segment of the seminar focuses on how everyone is responsible for their own safety and specific steps that can be taken to improve one’s situational awareness and limit danger. In the final portion of the presentation the ESCAPE model will be presented. This easy-to-remember six-step model is based on over thirty years of data on the successful actions taken and decisions made by victims of public attacks.      

Protecting Your Family in Public Places presents important information for all citizens including how to: 

• Develop situational awareness skills to assist families in mitigating the damage from a mass shooting event 

• Discuss a family emergency plan in an age-appropriate manner so everyone can be prepared 

• Learn the ESCAPE Model of successful techniques that have helped others survive these horrific attacks. 

De-escalation: A Holistic Approach to Officer and Citizen Safety

This course presents a holistic approach to de-escalation. This is a significant cultural departure from the traditional view that de-escalation is simply a tactic or series of steps that one takes when responding to specific calls for service. 

In this training, de-escalation is presented as a change in culture or way of doing business.  De-escalation skills are utilized across a wide range of policing activities and therefore should be incorporated throughout both academy and in-service-training, in courses including (but not limited to) communication skills, tactical repositioning, responding to threats or use of force, compliance techniques, acute trauma response, and enhancing community trust. 

De-escalation training helps to increase officer safety, use less physical force, and gain increased citizen compliance, and has proven to provide an essential skill set for today’s public safety officer 


Durham. NC:
“Great class, instructors presented information clearly and were very approachable”
“Most relevant training I have attended”
“Very strong class that can be tailored to our jurisdiction”

Window Rock, AZ:
“Very informative, a lot of information and strategies we can utilize.”
“Very informative, instructors took time to explain and demonstrate topics”
“I have never had this information before. We need more of this”

Cedar Hill, TX:
“Very effective instructor preparedness program – this course literally trains-the-trainer”
“Outstanding class – incorporated with best practices and latest trends!”
“Course is interactive and engaging. Promotes involvement from the class.”

Albany, NY: 
“I believe this course will make law enforcement individuals around the country more intelligent as it pertains to providing a better experience when it comes to police interactions with the public.”
“Instructors were knowledgeable and able to effectively teach course material. Course was not rushed, in-depth and presented efficiently and professionally.”

Corona, CA:
“Great class. Well-orchestrated with valuable real-world information and hands on training.”
“Very informative and useful in both personal and professional lives. I can clearly see this tool will be the future of law enforcement.” 

How to Survive a Mass Shooting

John Matthews on CNN with Michaela describing the six steps to surviving a mass shooting and how to speak with your children in an age appropriate manner.