The Evolution of Targeted Violence and Why the Threats We Don’t See Pose the Most Danger

When entering unknown territory, the sound of a barking dog in the distance poses an ominous foreshadowing of the potential violence ahead. Identifying the magnitude of the bite (or threat) and how to mitigate it is pivotal to coming out unscathed, and is a mission that Mike Roche, former Secret Service Special Agent and author, has centered his career around.

Mike has four decades of law enforcement experience. He began his career with the Little Rock Police Department and spent twenty-six years with the U.S. Secret Service. Fifteen years of his career were focused on conducting behavioral threat assessments of those threatening to engage in targeted violence. Mike was also assigned as the Intelligence Liaison to the FBI and CIA Headquarters and was assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He is the author of four novels, a nonfiction work on rapport building, and Mass Killers: How you can identify workplace, school, or public killers before they strike.

Tune in to this episode to hear about:

  • His early career with the Little Rock Police Department and how it taught him the impact of forming strong alliances with both federal partners and local law enforcement.
  • How his latest novel helps readers identify concerning behavior before an attack happens by using threat assessment methodologies.
  • Why the ‘barking dog’ theory cannot be overlooked — threats that we don’t always see are oftentimes the most dangerous to us.
  • The evolution of violence over the last decade and what he sees on the horizon.