Following an exhausted executive search, Chris Grollnek came out of retirement to assume the role of Executive Vice President, Operations to take this one of a kind solution into the next phase and beyond. This system available today mirrors the beliefs of Chris and how to best secure the safest outcome during a critical incident.
Chris Grollnek was one of the first to present solutions to mitigate risks associated with school safety and Active Shooter Prevention as far back as 2007. These philosophies were not developed through academic research or training alone. The approach was derived from experience from inside two separate domestic active shooter incidents. Chris Grollnek is one of three people in the nation with this unique experience and perspective. The uncanny perspective from within two events is what makes him the one of the nations most sought advisors and consultants.
In 2012, the media through a series of interviews including Anderson Cooper, Joe Johns and several other national TV networks bestowed the moniker “Active Shooter Expert” on Chris. In 2002 Chris Grollnek appeared at the Hart Senate Office Building and testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the needs for training to thwart terrorism within the Homeland. Now full circle, terroristic attacks are being masked by active shooter incidents and active shooter incidents by acts of terrorism.
Following governmental obligations in 2014, Chris retired to spend time with his family and go on the lecture circuit while occasionally teaching at the University of Texas, Dallas. Chris joined Countercepts in April 2015. Chris holds a Masters of Science degree of Administration of Justice and Security and is a member of the National Honors Society.
The University of Phoenix is one of the most widely acclaimed online universities in the country. Chris Grollnek recently received his master of science in administration of justice and security from the University of Phoenix. Busy individuals with active lives, such as Chris Grollnek, can find degree plans for a wide range of specialties.
Different admission requirements exist at the university, depending on the program, but standard requirements are in place for associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. For these programs, applicants must have high school diplomas or GED certificates to enroll. Applicants also have to be 16 or older and citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
Applicants who need financial aid can apply for numerous scholarships sponsored by the University of Phoenix. For example, the Banner Health scholarship offers full tuition to prospective students who are employees of Banner Health, and the Emerson scholarship offers full tuition to prospective students who are also Emerson employees.
A decorated former police officer and retired United States Marine Corps noncommissioned officer, Chris Grollnek provides security consulting services through Countermeasure Consulting Group. In 1994, he served with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable).
Based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) integrates air, ground, and support forces to provide a combined arms task force that can be deployed on short notice. One of seven units of its kind, the 26th MEU includes four distinct elements: command, ground combat, aviation combat, and logistics combat.
The command element, consisting of the commanding officer and a staff of about 200, exercises leadership and plans the operations of the entire unit. It includes, among others, communications, intelligence, and legal staff.
Although it consists primarily of an infantry battalion, the ground combat element, with a strength of about 1,200 soldiers and sailors, can also include tanks, artillery, and combat engineers. This element makes up the majority of the unit’s personnel.
Equipped with fixed and rotary-wing combat and transportation aircraft, the aviation combat element provides the unit with heavy lift and close air support capabilities. It includes 500 personnel serving in a variety of roles, such as pilot, traffic controller, and aviation mechanic.
With about 300 troops assigned to it, the logistics combat element ensures that the unit receives ammunition, fuel, medicine, and other essential supplies for 15 or more days even in the harshest environments. It also possesses engineering, military police, and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) units.
After serving the United States Marine Corps with distinction for nearly a decade, Chris Grollnek joined the police force of McKinney, Texas, where he served until 2011. During this time, he was directly involved in three “active-shooter” incidents — situations in which an individual with a firearm shot one or more people. As a McKinney Police detective, Chris Grollnek participated in numerous law enforcement operations, including the development of strategy and tactics for the deployment of special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams in hostage cases, execution of arrest or evidentiary warrants in high-risk situations, and cases where suspects were barricaded.
Chris Grollnek’s training and experience taught him that between the eruption of an active-shooter incident and the arrival of the first law enforcement units competent to address the situation, an average 14 minutes pass. During this highly dangerous time, Grollnek realized, trained individuals have a much higher chance of surviving the incident than untrained. He founded and leads Countermeasure Consulting Group, Inc. which trains organizations and their personnel in various techniques to prevent or mitigate such incidents.
Countermeasure first assesses a client organization’s vulnerability to an active-shooter situation and provides training on how to prevent one from occurring in the first place. Mitigation training involves making the best of a terrible situation – that is, keeping as many people alive as possible during the 14 minutes between the emergence of the situation and the arrival of law enforcement.
Countermeasure’s services extend far beyond active-shooter prevention and mitigation training. It evaluates OSHA-mandated emergency action plans and teaches client personnel how to craft such plans to meet OSHA’s requirements. When requested, it can perform internal corporate investigations as well as teach proper investigative techniques. In addition, Countermeasure provides personal-security details composed of those recently retired from such organizations as the U.S. Secret Service and the State Department’s executive-protection detail.
Countermeasure Consulting Group LLC is dedicated to helping people understand and respond to the threat of attacks on property and individuals. The company is a unique risk management and training firm that provides consultation services for corporations, private businesses, and other types of organizations.
The firm offers workshops in the prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery for active shooter situations (situations in which an armed individual is attempting to harm or kill others in a populated and confined space).
Countermeasure Consulting Group provides consultation services for:
– Physical security surveys.
– Policy and procedure reviews.
– Travel risk analysis.
– Internal and external investigations.
– Surveillance and counter-surveillance.
– Narcotics related investigations.
About the Author
Countermeasure Consulting Group founder, Chris Grollnek, has over 20 years of experience as a US Marine and Police Office. He is experienced in consulting victims of malicious prosecution related to narcotics and SWAT operations. Grollnek is also a member of the American Legion, NRA, Drill Instructor Association, Texas Tactical Police Officers Association, Texas Municipal Police Association, McKinney Police Association, and the International Association of Undercover Officers.
As a recently inducted member of the Eta Theta chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, I was pleased to learn about the approval of a new chapter at the University of Houston-Victoria this past June. Being a member of the society provides a number of benefits and opportunities to students pursuing careers or further study in the field of criminal justice. Not only does it offer a way for students to work together and promote academic excellence; it also functions as a forum to hear from speakers currently working in law enforcement discussing current developments in the field.
Alpha Phi Sigma was founded at Washington State University in 1942 and was recognized as the national criminal justice honor society by the Executive Board of the Academy of Criminal Justice Societies in Dallas, Texas in 1976. As a Texan, Alpha Phi Sigma member, and law enforcement veteran, I am certain that students at the University of Houston-Victoria will benefit greatly from their involvement in the new chapter.
About the author:
Chris Grollnek earned a Master of Science with honors from the University of Phoenix in 2011. He is retired from the City of McKinney Police Department in northern Texas.