Threat Assessment - Galahad

Threat Assessment

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– Manager, Well Known A-list Public Figure

Threat assessment / risk assessment is an integral part of our ability to provide successful management to a client’s overall safety and security.  Research has shown us that nearly all modern-day public figure attackers have communicated inappropriately with their victim or other public figures prior to attacking.  With this in mind, our office dedicates enormous resources to the collection, review and assessment of threatening or otherwise bizarre communications.   Our Case Agents have reviewed, assessed, monitored, and catalogued thousands of communications sent to our clients over the years.  Our efforts in threat assessment / risk assessment have resulted in the prevention of encounters that may have resulted in violence.

Our firm consults public figures, individuals, and corporations on matters pertaining to safety and privacy.  Services include:

  • Threat Assessment and Case Management of Stalking and Inappropriate Pursuit, Workplace Violence Consulting, HR / Workplace Violence Prevention Committee Training
  • Invasion of Privacy and Tabloid / Paparazzi / Stalkarazzi Harassment Consultation
  • Internet Monitoring
  • Address Publication Monitoring
  • Public Record Privacy
  • Release and Notify Agreements with Prisons and Mental Hospital Facilities
    Prosecutorial Interface and Expert Court Testimony
  • Safety Awareness and Prevention Training for Individuals, Organization, and Corporations
  • Centralized Storage of Material
    Executive Celebrity Personal Assistant Training
  • Executive Celebrity Personal Assistant Training

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Security and Safety Awareness Training for Executive and Celebrity Personal Assistants

Galahad is sought to consult clients on ways to improve their overall safety and privacy in all areas of their personal and professional lives – at the workplace, offices, studios, homes, while on tour, during film shoots and travel abroad, etc. We are often retained to work with our clients’ personal assistants and train them how to handle threatening or bizarre communications directed towards the public figure.  Since personal assistants are generally at the “front lines” of receiving inappropriate communications, it is important they know what to look for and how best to deal with persistent and inappropriate pursuers.  Although few assistants have security and/or law enforcement background, they are asked (by the very nature of their work) to deal with security related issues not within the realm of their expertise or experience.

We want to help high-profile public figures in general by working with their personal assistants to provide critical information, procedures and strategies they can use to keep the client safe. Galahad provides a pro bono training program for persons actively employed in the field of public figure personal assistants.  The certification training program in “Basic Public Figure Safety & Privacy” gives personal assistants the tools to effectively deal with a wide range of safety and privacy challenges directed toward their employer.

Persons currently employed as a personal assistant for a public figure, celebrity, or high-profile corporate officer should contact our office immediately to take advantage of this important information.

Invasions of Privacy, Privacy Rights, Tabloid Paparazzi Stalkarazzi Harassment, and Media Intrusions

A safety program is not complete unless it includes provisions for ensuring clients privacy rights are maintained and are not vulnerable to unnecessary invasions of privacy, tabloid harassment or aggressive intrusions by the media, and personal contact with unwanted pursuers.   We work with clients to  reduce their likelihood of being located by searching a wide variety of public records and taking the necessary steps to make this information private, conduct reviews of publications where address or personal information may be listed, and consult on matters related to tabloid pursuit and harassment to minimize their invasive and illegal tactics.

What is stalking?

California State Law

Stalking is defined by the California Penal Code Section 646.9, which provides that “any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her immediate family” is guilty of the crime of stalking. 

Federal Law

Stalking as defined in the United States Code,  Sec. 2261A. Interstate Stalking Punishment and Prevention Act, provides whoever travels across a State line or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States with the intent to injure or harass another person, and in the course of, or as a result of, such travel places that person in reasonable fear of the death of, or serious bodily injury to, that person or a member of that person’s immediate family is guilty of the crime of stalking.

Federal Law

More simply put, probably the best term to define stalking is unwanted pursuit. The act of stalking can occur between strangers, intimates, co-workers and includes many different behaviors, but all share two common features: they involve actions not wanted by the victim and they threaten or cause fear to the victim.  A person is liable for the crime of stalking when  one or more of the following elements is involved:

  • Unwanted letters, cards, notes, and / or gifts
  • Credible threats to self, family, and / or friends
  • Unwanted emails and pages
  • Unwanted telephone calls and messages on voicemails or answering machines
  • Inappropriate approaches and confrontations
  • Appearing unexpectedly at a place of work, residence, or place frequently visited
  • Damage to property
  • Following or watching from a distance
  • Physical and / or sexual assault

Threat Assessment - A Preventative Approach to Stalker / Stalking Harassment and Workplace Violence

For over a decade, incidences involving threats, stalker and stalking harassment, workplace violence, and attacks or imminent attacks on prominent public figures, celebrities, and corporate executives have become more frequent in our society. Galahad focuses resources on prevention as an important component of our overall management of client cases involving unwanted and persistent pursuit. More and more, government and law enforcement agencies are using similar strategies. The term threat assessment is an operational approach to managing these cases before they escalate to violence, utilizing risk assessment criteria, documentation of data, determining vulnerability, monitoring targeted travel, and applying investigative tools, all of which can be effectively used to recognize, evaluate, and manage the risk of threat or violence before any harm occurs.