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Personal Risk Recognition & Response

Vigilance, threat recognition and mitigation

Everyone knows that we need to pay attention to the world around us in order to stay safe. But do we know what to be watching for, exactly? How do we prevent ourselves from becoming a target of crime? And what do we do if we do become a target?

What is Personal Risk Recognition & Response?

The course Personal Risk Recognition & Response is about learning to recognize risk and mitigate them with critical risk assessment tools and strategies, in order to maximize personal safety in an ever-changing world. The earlier we can recognize danger and address it, the greater our chances of not just surviving, but thriving!

Situational awareness is a skill that is becoming increasingly important as crime rates increase. It is about detecting behaviours in others that indicate they are about to do something against another person. Personal Risk Recognition & Response takes this one step further on how to avoid and mitigate potentially dangerous situations before they turn dangerous.

One of the key functions of security and private investigations is to observe and report. The course amplifies your awareness skills and changes how we perceive the world, starting with our world view. Those who wear uniforms sometimes are specifically targeted for criminal activity just due to the fact that they are in uniform and may be looking for someone to take their anger out on. The course not only increases your own personal safety, but also of those you protect.

Course Contents

This program is broken into four components:

  1. Personal - How our own behaviours contribute to increased risk,  how to increase our awareness and what to watch for

  2. Environmental - Factors that contribute to increased risk, crowd factors

  3. Human Risk - Recognizing behaviours in others that indicate potential risk, avoidance and mitigation strategies

  4. Application - How to put all the tools into practice


Personal Risk Recognition & Response course covers the anatomy of crime, and how subjects choose a target. It dives into human psychology, body language and micro-expressions which are all clues in understanding a person's intent. The course also explores types of attacks, and how aggression escalates to violence.

The course contains many helpful reflection activities, videos and group games to increase content understanding, retention and application.

About this Course

This course has been developed by pulling together information from scientific studies, actual life experience, observation of others and their actions under stress. It provides you with factors leading up to and during a situation which requires your ability to think on your feet.

We continue to improve and expand on this course on a regular basis to ensure it contains the best information available on these subjects.

To request this course for your organization, please Contact Us.

Register for this Program

Duration:​ 1 day

Tuition: $149 + GST

Certification: Issued by Tip of Spear Academy​

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Exclusive corporate classes are also available by request. Please contact us for more information.

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