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Law Enforcement and Safety

Workplace Violence

Workplace violence can include acts or threats of violence, harassment or other disruptive behaviors. Learn the signs and what to do if you're involved in a workplace incident.

What To Do

1. Remain calm.

2. Call USCPD at 911 in an emergency or 803-777-4215. 
Tell the dispatcher:

  • Your location
  • The person's behavior and physical description
  • Person's location or direction of travel
  • What you saw
  • When and where it happened

Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher.

Signs of Workplace Violence

  • Threats, threatening behavior, displays of aggression or excessive anger
  • A history of threats or violent acts
  • Unusual fascination with weapons
  • Verbal abuse of coworkers and/or customers or harassment via phone or e-mail
  • Bizarre comments or behavior, especially if it includes violent content
  • Holding grudges, inability to handle criticism, habitually making excuses, and/or blaming others
  • Chronic, hypersensitive complaints about persecution or injustice
  • Making jokes or offensive comments about violent acts
  • Significant changes in mood or behavior

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