AFATAP Webnar (OSMET 8) - OSMET 8: Managing threats against public figures
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When: Friday, October 2, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+2)
Where: Webinar
United States

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OSMET 8: Managing threats against public figures

Overview: For several reasons people in the public eye, whether famous film actors, sportsmen, business executives or political officials, are more at risk of receiving negative or other forms of unwanted attention. Physical violence committed against public figures rarely occurs, problematic approaches happen slightly more often, but behaviours such as threatening letters or social media postings, as well as repeated unwanted intrusions and communications are more of a concern. 

What are the risk indicators for physical approach, or for becoming a victim of stalking? This is only one of the questions the workshop will answer. The focus will lie on specific threats and unwanted behaviours that business executives and high net worth individuals can be confronted with. Questions like what the motivations of those engaging in unwanted communications and approaches are, what the role of mental illness is and how this relates to violence, and what the risks and challenges can be when it comes to close body protection, will all be addressed and also illustrated with casework. The last part of the Webinar will be focusing on what executives, their security and behavioural threat management teams can do to lower risk and increase the quality of their protection activity. 


Mr. Bram Van der Meer is a forensic and investigative psychologist in the Netherlands. He started his career specialising in risk assessment and management of severely dangerous patients requiring intensive security measures and psychological care and was appointed as an expert witness by the Netherlands supreme court. For several years he worked with the Netherlands national police‚Äôs behavioural analysis department where he was regularly involved with cases of threats against royal family members and politicians.   Mr. Van der Meer is currently co-director of Dantes Psychology Services, a threat management company based in The Netherlands. Public figures form an important client group. Mr. van der Meer is the former president and currently board member of the Swiss based Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals. More information: ;

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