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The Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (APATAP) Committee is excited to announce that our annual conference will be held at Disneyland, Hong Kong from 25 - 27 February 2019.

Our conference theme this year is “Online threats, offline lives: Reality and Practice of Online Threat Management”. This is a highly relevant theme to today’s society and reflects current advancements in the use of technology and social media in assessing and managing global, local, and individual-level threats.

We invite all mental health, law enforcement, security, workplace health and safety, and other professionals tasked with the prevention and response of behavioural risks to join us in this learning and networking opportunity.
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Tuesday, February 26 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Assessing origin, authorship and intent of anonymous threats and extortion communications

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Effectively managing anonymous threats and extortion demands, especially those delivered online, poses a much more complex and difficult proposition than situations where the subject is known.  The application of clinical assessment instruments is limited, evidence is scarce and options for management and response tend to hinge on an intelligence-based approach. For many, this radically increases the difficulty in terms of decision making and so providing valid focus and direction is critical.  This session will explore the use of psycho-linguistic and behavioural assessment techniques along with behavioural economic and decision theory models that can contribute to understanding the intent and nature of anonymous threats. It will use real life examples and cases where offenders and authors have been identified and/or charged.

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Steven Longford

National Manager - Human Skills, New Intelligence
Steve has been engaged in assessing anonymous threats and extortion communications for both private and public sector organisations for over 30 years. As the former head of Queensland Police's Violent Crime Analysis Unit he trained with members of the ABCI, FBI, ATF and RCMP in threat... Read More →

Tuesday February 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm HKT
Sleeping Beauty Ballroom, Conference Centre, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel