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Surviving an Incident of Violence~Active Shooter (4-Hr Training Course)
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 Export to Your Calendar 4/16/2020
When: April 16, 2020
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Maggiano's (Bellagio Room)
111 W. Grand Avenue
Chicago, Illinois  60654
United States
Contact: ALA Chicago Staff
(888) 667-6430

Online registration is available until: 4/15/2020
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Surviving an Incident of Violence~Active Shooter (4-Hr Training Course)

This course is typically provided as a foundational level course to organizations of all sizes. We have tailored this presentation to be more specific to the Law Firms and their employees. Successfully surviving a sudden incident of violence is 90% mental and 10% physical skill. This course focuses on the 90% mental while concurrently providing skills to survive the 10% physical, as a last resort.

This course provides a solid foundation for gaining the skills necessary to prepare for "making good decisions in fractions of a second". This is what  is required to survive —the skill to be able to make "Good Decisions in Fractions of a Second". This course brings critical general skills in mastering the decision making process by bringing students a solid understanding of "the bad guy".

In a corporate and/or public environment, the most important factors are recognizing signs of violence in advance and becoming proficient in de-escalation techniques. These skills are critical as they can be the most important factors in either calming or fueling anger levels. The end result of this course will also provide all attendees with a base "mindset" and thought process that will keep them as safe as possible while they are away from work as much as it does while they are at work. The key to doing this is truly believing it can happen to you and knowing in advance how to prevent, prepare, and respond for such an event.

We also cover Practical Personal Defense designed to keep your employees safe while away from work via preparation for an incident of violence primarily through awareness, avoidance, and mental strength building. If your people are your most important asset, they are just as important while they are away from work as they are while at work. This material includes 100% practical, highly effective tactics and techniques that do not require practice or thought training.

Finally, if everything we have done to avoid and/or prevent the encounter fails, we will provide a high level tactical training to give the attendees an understanding of how they can "win" if they ever need to defend themselves or someone they love and care about. Blue U Founders have a combined 30 years of real-life experience in Law Enforcement and the SWAT community dealing with calls for service and training with some of the best SWAT teams in the country. The information relayed to attendees will provide invaluable information that is easy to understand and does not require "hands-on" or repetition to retain.

Some of the Topics Covered in this Course:

  • The Decision Making Process and How to Master It
  • The "Life or Death Gap"
  • The Dynamics of an Incident
  • Running Towards or Away From Your Adversary?
  • Tunnel Vision
  • Physical Site Security Considerations
  • Policy Considerations
  • Visualization
  • Video Debriefs
  • Tactics (Hard Corners, Barricade, Weapons of Opportunity, and much more)
  • Tactical Considerations
  • What to Expect from Responding Law Enforcement


7:30 AM: Registration, coffee/continental breakfast will be available

8:00 AM: Session Begins

There will be 2 15-min breaks offered.

12:30 PM: Session Ends


Terry Choate
Co-Founder & Training Specialist, Blue-U Defense

Terry Choate is a Co-Founder and Training Specialist for Blue-U Defense. He has served as Team Commander of the Monadnock Regional Special Response (SWAT) Team and for 14 years as a Lieutenant with the Jaffrey (NH) Police Department. Prior to law enforcement, Mr. Choate spent over 20 years in management positions with Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Choate is an author and subject matter expert on: 

  • Criminal behavior - understanding mind, motivations and decision-making processes of the criminal, how to influence the outcome of criminal situations, and practical and effective methods to solve problems and protect lives.
  • Drug Abuse and Abusers - behavior leading to/result of abuse learned through extensive experience and training in illegal drugs undercover work, arrests, search warrants, and drug operations.

In addition, Mr. Choate's experience with Executive Security International provides expertise in Security Surveys, Advances, Personal and Executive Protection, CCTV Surveillance, Stalking and Dangerous Human Behavior, Anti/Counter Terrorism, and Business Security.


Joe Hileman
Co-Founder & Training Specialist, Blue-U Defense

Joe Hileman is a Co-Founder and Training Specialist for Blue-U Defense. He served as the Assistant Team Commander of the Monadnock Regional Special Response (SWAT) Team and for 14 years as a Detective with the Jaffrey (NH) Police Department. Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, he served as Security Supervisor at the corporate management level of a Fortune 500 company. 

Mr. Hileman holds two A.A. degrees in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Corrections, Probation, and Parole. His extensive tactical training includes: 

  • SWAT 1 and 2 Certification, Tactical Officers and LEADS Consulting
  • SWAT Team Leader/Commander
  • Use of Force, Active Shooter Instructor
  • Narcotics - Covert Surveillance
  • OC Instructor
  • Taser Instructor
  • Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Coordinator
  • Field Training Officer
  • Sexual Assault Investigator specializing in the Child Forensic Interview
  • Suspicious Death/Homicide Investigations

Location Information

Please use the Banquet entrance for Maggiano's at 111 W. Grand Ave. This is about a 1/2 block west of Clark Street.

Professional Development

CLM® Application Credit for Functional Specialists: 4 hours in the subject area of Operations Management (OM) towards the additional hours required of some Functional Specialists to fulfill the CLM application.

CLM® Recertification Credit: 4 hours in the subject area of Operations Management (OM).