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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


Hostage and Critical Incidents: A Unique Hong Kong perspective

In this keynote presentation, the speaker will share key insights on the difficult and demanding work of hostage and crisis negotiators and highlight, in particular, the work of the Hong Kong Police Crisis Negotiation Unit, who work tirelessly to live up to their unit motto “Who Cares Wins” to resolve high threat and high risk incidents peacefully and without loss of life through negotiation.

A very densely populated urban environment like Hong Kong brings with it many stressors and demands and it is no surprise that police negotiators are kept busy responding to suicide threats, barricaded situations and hostage incidents. Whilst many law enforcement agencies, with the help and support from the community, now carefully examine any on-line threats in the hope of pre-empting the next active shooter or attack, much of the work of crisis negotiators takes place offline and with real people, often in extreme circumstances, who need to be handled with care and compassion if the situation is to be resolved peacefully.

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Peter Morgan

Former Assistant Commissioner (Ret.), Hong Kong Police
Peter Morgan was the Vice-President of Clement Shield Group Ltd, a leading security consultant and event organiser, providing innovative and high standard professional services ranging from security consultancy, training programs, risk analysis, and provision of close protection operatives.After... Read More →

Wednesday, February 27


New Today, Obsolete Tomorrow: A Toolbox for Dealing with Media Impact in Today’s World

Twitter threats, YouTube and radicalization, Tough Talk on Facebook — new media and new ways of interacting with the media appear every few months. New Media developments can spread with “viral” speed when they appeal to needs that we did not even know people had. Staying informed requires a particular attitude towards new developments.

This keynote aims to provide an overview of psychological processes and theories that offer a framework for understanding media use effects that can be applied to old, new, and coming developments.

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Jan Van den Bulck

Professor, University of Michigan, Department of Communication Studies
As a social scientist, with a PhD from the University of Leuven in Belgium (1996), Jan Van den Bulck is interested in involuntary and incidental media effects. He has studied how the entertainment media in general, and fiction in particular, affect our perception of the real world... Read More →