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Nov 20, 2018

Welcome to the eleventh episode of RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Writer at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


Justin has a great episode in store for you all! Why? Because it was recorded right after RIMS staff had a full day of active threat training led by today’s guests: Steve Smith and Dustin Miller of Guardian Defense. Both Steve and Dustin are full-time police officers in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department (and have been for more than 12 years.) Steve is the company’s founder and president, and Dustin is one of the team members and instructors.


Steve and Justin discuss active threat safety and preparedness taking the topic to a whole new level.


Key Takeaways:

[:10] About today’s guests.

[:25] How to pre-register for RIMS annual conference in 2019.

[:48] More about today’s topic.

[1:50] How Steve felt the training at RIMS went today.

[2:08] When a tragic shooting happens, does that impact the work they do at Guardian Defense?

[3:08] Do they get a surge of activity after a high-profile shooting?

[3:25] How can businesses that are located in elevated buildings help prepare themselves for a shooting?

[4:30] In terms of verbal abuse at work, how can people distinguish between an isolated incident and a progression?

[7:20] How has social media helped or hurt the process of reporting incidents?

[8:19] What temporary paralysis is and how to overcome it.

[9:33] How often organizations should go through active threat training after their initial session.

[10:57] Both of them being in law enforcement, Dustin and Steve give some pieces of advice going into this holiday season.

[12:10] Justin thanks Dustin and Steve for joining RIMScast this episode and he reminds listeners to check out RM Magazine and Risk Management Monitor, as well as emailing him at for suggestions and feedback!


Mentioned in this Episode:

Guardian Defense

RIMS Annual Conference 2019 Pre-Registration

Q&A with Steve Smith on School Shooter Preparedness (Risk Management Monitor)

See Something, Say Something Campaign

RM Magazine

Risk Management Monitor
Risk Knowledge on


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Follow up with Our Guests:

Steve Smith’s LinkedIn

Steve Smith’s Profile on Guardian Defense

Dustin Miller’s LinkedIn

Dustin Miller’s Profile on Guardian Defense