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DPrep Safety is committed to offering well-researched training, education and consultation that stresses the importance of preparedness prior to responding to disasters, emergencies, and crisis events. DPrep Safety also has a deep bench of law enforcement and safety experts that make the team one that can address your unique safety concerns.

The DPrep Safety team offers a variety of courses that will help improve threat assessment, situational awareness, response to an active assailant, and bomb threat awareness and response. DPrep Safety can assess building security and safety, and present protective actions suggested through the crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) model. Whether it be walking through your space for a threat, vulnerability, and risk assessment (TVRA), or talking with school administrators or parents about fencing, bullet resistant windows or reunification plans, we are committed to offering uniquely tailored programs designed to keep your school, workplace, house of worship or college/university safe and secure and to reduce your exposure to liability.


DPrep Safety has a commitment to training law enforcement professionals, school resource officers (SROs), and crisis and emergency first responders to enhance their skills and enable them to be more productive and effective in their role to protect and serve. DPrep Safety has your six.  We also have the experience and instructional design capacity to offer training in virtual, in-person, and hybrid formats to meet the needs of your department or organization

For more information or to schedule any of these courses, please contact Click "More" below for details on each of the courses.

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Attending to potential safety concerns in the community and schools is the best way to get out ahead in front of violence, crime, assault, threat, and danger. We offer trainings on situational awareness that can help you spot danger before it strikes.

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We offer trauma informed trainings for law enforcement, campus safety, and student resource officers in threat assessment, crisis de-escalation, managing mental illness, developing interventions, and diversity, equity & inclusion.

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Our critical incident and all-hazards response trainings will prepare your organization to prepare for and respond to both manmade and natural disasters. We offer crisis media training for working with the press and public both during and after the event.



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DPrep Safety offers safety audits of your school, college, or workplace. We use crime prevention through environmental design concepts to review your site for vulnerabilities and offer mitigation suggestions to keep your location safe.

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Mindset active assailant prevention and response training blends the leading research in psychology, law enforcement, and military theory with our instructor’s practice and experience to emphasize early preparation prior to an attack.

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Are you and your employees equipped to respond to violence in your workplace? DPrep Safety can help you develop and implement a workplace violence prevention plan and train your employees in violence prevention and repsonse.

Awareness Trainings & Workshops

Situational Awareness

Attending to potential safety and security concerns in the community and schools is the best way to get out ahead in front of violence, crime, assault, threat, and danger. This practical and engaging workshop brings the principles of situational awareness into the hands of student leadership and residential life staff. This program teaches life skills that are applicable to college and beyond. 

Some practical examples include:

- Staying safe online and with cash apps

- Being aware at parties and knowing the risks

- Understanding the signs of threat and dangerousness

- Safety concerns at gas stations, in the residence halls, rural settings, parking lots, and at night






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Our Team

Brian Van Brunt, EdD

Brian Van Brunt, EdD

Director of Behavior & Threat Management

Brian Van Brunt, EdD, is the Director of Behavior and Threat Management for D-Prep Safety. Author of over a dozen books, Brian has spent time as a child and family therapist, university professor, assistant deputy director of training at Secure Community Network, partner at TNG, and president of the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA). He is an internationally recognized expert in behavioral intervention, threat assessment, mental illness, crisis preparedness and response, and instructional design. Brian has provided consulting services to schools, colleges, and universities across the country and abroad on a wide variety of topics related to student mental health, counseling, campus violence, and behavioral intervention.
David Denino, LPC, NCC

David Denino, LPC, NCC

Southern CT State University

David Denino, LPC, NCC, worked in higher education and college counseling over the past several decades and is director emeritus of counseling services at Southern Connecticut State University. David is a master trainer of Question Persuade Refer (QPR) and was the key person in bringing the QPR model to the state university system in Connecticut. A certified clinical trauma professional, David is also a Red Cross mental health first responder and is the mental health lead for the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. As such, he has assisted with relief efforts for hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey as well as provided mental health support at the Sandy Hook and Las Vegas shootings.
Tammy Hodo, PhD
Tammy L. Hodo, PhD, has been working in the diversity, equity, and inclusion field for most of her professional career. Being biracial and reared in the Midwest, Tammy learned early on that race, although a social construct, impacts life chances and experiences. She has the lived experience of being both European American and African American. Coming from a middle-class family and being reared in a predominantly white space provided her opportunities she would later learn were not available to everyone that presented/looked like her. She has written peer-review articles about the experiences of minorities in academia.
Lisa Pescara-Kovach, PhD

Lisa Pescara-Kovach, PhD

University of Toledo

Lisa Pescara-Kovach, PhD, is a professor of educational psychology at The University of Toledo where she also serves as the Director of the Center for Education in Mass Violence and Suicide and Chair of the Mass Violence Collaborative. Lisa’s international and national level peer-reviewed and invited presentations include, but are not limited to, the topics of suicides and homicides related to bullying victimization, behavioral threat assessment, and school, campus, and workplace shootings. Lisa co-authored White Supremacist Violence: Understanding the Resurgence and Stopping the Spread. Her most recent publications address media contagion in connection to suicides and targeted shootings as well as the mental health and mass shooting myth.
Chris Taylor, PhD

Chris Taylor, PhD

Executive Director, InterACTT

Chris Taylor, PhD, a 30-year veteran of higher education, serves as the executive director of the International Association for Care and Threat Teams (InterACTT). He recently left his position as the dean of students and chief student affairs officer at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he had responsibility for counseling and wellness, student advocacy, student union and programs, recreational sports, residence life, and student conduct. He also chaired the university CARE and threat team. He has served on the leadership team for the Association of Student Conduct Administrators, and has been a member of NASPA, ACPA, ACUHO-I, and the American Men's Studies Association. He is a trained Title IX adjudicator and has also worked with D Stafford and Associates as a national Clery Act consultant.
Chris Usher

Chris Usher

ARDENT Protection

Chris Usher serves as the Director of Security Operations for ARDENT Protection and has over twenty years of experience in law enforcement, government, non-profit, and security management in private security sectors. He has worked with the United State Marine Corp, U.S. Department of State, Department of Labor, as well as Fortune 500 companies. His experience includes creating, implementing, and directing holistic security programs focused on safety, protection, physical security, counterintelligence, crisis management, disaster recovery, and training.
Baron Brown, EdD, MPA, MBA

Baron K. Brown, EdD, MPA, MBA

CPS HR Consulting

Dr. Baron Brown is a deeply experienced professional in the areas of leadership, law enforcement, public policy, national security and equity-related workplace issues. As a former diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer for a southern CA city, he brings both his civil rights and investigative experience from the challenging fields of law enforcement, military operations and higher education at the community college and university levels. Baron has supervised and managed in a large law enforcement agency, and served as an advocate and investigator in discrimination cases. This municipal experience in the areas of diversity, equity and policy were complemented by 12+ years of experience in the U.S. military as a civil rights officer and 3 years as a personnel officer. He is a well-established orator and has served as a public speaker for several non-profit organizations. Baron is impassioned about equity, humanity, and opportunity in higher education, having retired from a Hispanic serving institution (HSI) and visited 31 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in his doctoral work covering equity and opportunity and the sense of belonging for historically underserved minority students matriculating through higher education institutions.
Joseph Dooley

Joseph Dooley

Southern Connecticut State

Joseph Dooley has been Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn, since 2006. In this position, he leads 28 sworn officers, seven full-time civilian personnel and 24 part-time University Assistants, all of whom are responsible for the safety and security of the university’s 12,000 students, faculty and staff. Prior to joining Southern, Chief Dooley served for 25 years with the Orange, Conn., Police Department. In 2002, he was elevated to Chief of Police, where he oversaw a department of 42 sworn and 12 civilian personnel for the next four years.
Amy Murphy, PhD

Amy Murphy, PhD

Angelo State University

Amy Murphy, PhD, serves as an associate professor of student development and higher education leadership at Angelo State University. She is also the program coordinator for the M.Ed. in student development and leadership in higher education as well as the graduate certificate in academic advising, both fully online programs. Amy has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and student affairs. She is formerly the dean of students and managing director of the Center for Campus Life at Texas Tech University. Her experiences include chair of the school’s behavioral intervention team, oversight of prevention and response activities for gender-based violence and discrimination as the deputy Title IX coordinator for students, as well as administrative involvement in student conduct, disability services, counseling, and enrollment management.
Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC

Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC

The Change Place

Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC, is a licensed psychotherapist in California and Arizona, as well as a consultant and trainer throughout the United States. He has served in many clinical and leadership roles over the past 25 years, working in university, community mental health, forensic and private practice settings. Robert is well-known for his work as a trainer and consultant in assisting schools/universities and communities respond to major crisis events like wildfires, mass shootings, deaths of students/employees and responding to sexual and other types of interpersonal violence. He serves as the clinical supervisor for the Route 91 So Cal Heals project, which provides case management, peer support and support group care for survivors and family members impacted by the Las Vegas and Borderline Nightclub mass shootings.
Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor

Affiliated Consultant

Charlie Taylor is certified in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and is a suicide prevention gatekeeper instructor through the Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) program. Charlie has a long career history in personal management, interviewing, conflict resolution, hiring practices, performance improvement planning and employee termination. He has certification in Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response (100, 200), National Incident Management System (700, 800) and is a firearm instructor and competitive shooter with the National Rifle Association. Working in tandem with our DPrep Safety team members with expertise in psychology, law enforcement and threat assessment, Charlie supports DPrep Safety with interviews, physical security data gathering, and assessments as well training in situational awareness and all-hazard response during natural and manmade disasters.
Jacques Whitfield, JD
Jacques Whitfield, JD, is a seasoned human resources executive with over 25 years of experience in human resources management. Jacques recently completed a six year tenure as the chief human resources officer for the Yuba Community College District. Jacques was responsible for the management and oversight of the human resources operations for the district and is credited with revitalizing and streamlining the human resource operations for the Yuba Community College District. Jacques is a subject matter expert in performance management, employee engagement and state and federal EEO compliance matters. He is highly accomplished in successfully working with others to develop professional skills and improve employee effectiveness through training and development. Jacques is a frequent speaker, trainer and presenter.
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