Mark J. Pohl
President & Founder
The Pohl Group is a veteran-owned Ohio company dedicated to making our communities safer places. Our company was founded by former Special Agents from the FBI and DoD. We have responded to mass casualty events and critical incidents both here in the U.S. and overseas and have seen the devastating impact of violent acts. These experiences impacted us greatly and motivated us to establish The Pohl Group to help protect key community institutions including police, schools, and industry. We work collaboratively with schools to improve school safety and train behavioral threat assessment teams. We work with police leaders to identify, form, and accomplish training goals and improve professional development. We work with industry to implement programs that prevent workplace violence and training to improve corporate resiliency. We also work with law firms to conduct precise and comprehensive investigations. Our President and Founder, Mark J. Pohl is a Global War on Terrorism Medal Recipient and Department of Homeland Security trained instructor for Active Threat Response and Tactical Medicine. Mark has developed world wide connections through his work in countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Dubai, Jordan, Central America, and Europe. Our group is here to help you prevent, respond, and recover from acts of violence, build organizational resiliency, and empower your people.
Disrupting PATHWAYs TO VIOLENCE™ Threat Assessment Team Training
We are an approved Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) Threat Assessment Training Provider that helps your school implement and train behavioral threat assessment teams. Our training is based upon the most recent information available from the FBI Behavioral Threat Assessment Center (BTAC) and U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC). Our experts have decades of experience and have conducted hundreds of threat assessments and tabletop exercises for the FBI. Our training guides your school with best practices for implementation and operation of threat assessment teams. Our evidenced-based training teaches the threat assessment process and allows your team to practice simulated threat assessments during tabletop exercises before having to conduct a real assessment. Our experts work collaboratively with all stakeholders including schools, school resource officers, safety managers, and mental health professionals. We help your team prevent violent acts by identifying concerning behaviors, spotting stressors, and interpreting signs that an attack may be coming. We can help you disrupt persons who may be on a pathway to violence and get help for those who need it. Some important benefits include:
* We bring training directly to your school or ESC, saving valuable time for your staff.
* We provide access to our experts after training to assist you with implementation.
* We provide a free district wide workshop for all teachers after team training is
complete to help coordinate this program within your school.
* State grant money is available to allow you to receive training at no cost or low cost.
What our partners schools are saying:
" The training provided by Mark and The Pohl Group has been the best training the district has had pertaining to safety preparedness. Instead of feeling helpless, staff members now feel empowered. I would recommend all schools consider inviting The Pohl Group to provide the training. His team's vast experience and scenario-based training provides another layer of preparedness."
(~John Stephens, Superintendent, Arcanum-Butler Local Schools)
" The training provided by The Pohl Group to Vandalia-Butler was extremely impressive. Their team’s government-level knowledge was clear in their presentation and evidenced by their varying experiences. During their time at Vandalia-Butler, Mark and Ken delivered to a mixed audience of counselors, principals, safety and security officers, special education supervisors, and district directors. They did a fantastic job of pointing out the significance of each person’s role in any potentially dangerous situation that may pose any level of danger to a student, group of students, or building. Our principals are anxious to have them return to conduct similar trainings at the building level for their staff."
(~Lisa Hildebrand, Director of Pupil Personnel, Vandalia-Butler City Schools)
High-Performance Police Training Policing has become a difficult profession for many of our nations' heroes. We provide you with U.S. Military developed and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) trained instruction so that you can be certain you are receiving the best training available. Our Police training programs (below) are evidence-based and delivered by federally trained instructors with decades of real world experience and extensive training backgrounds training U.S. Military, federal law enforcement agencies, local police, university police, teachers, and community organizations. We help you improve the skills and capabilities of your officers and improves their physical, mental, and emotional health through training programs designed specifically for them.
Officer Resiliency Strategies for self-help to reduce workplace and personal stress and improve officer retention. Our program can also help you organize and implement peer-support, connection to local resources, and developing a plan to help you navigate how to provide help to affected officers.
De-Escalation Strategies to de-escalate potentially dangerous situations through active listening. We can help you deal with people in crisis by teaching you to interpret communications and language that improves safer outcomes.
SURVIVE ™ Active Shooter Response and Trauma First Aid (TacMed) training. We provide you with U.S. Military developed and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) trained instruction so that you can be certain you are receiving the best training available. This program is evidence-based and delivered by federally trained instructors with decades of real world experience and extensive training backgrounds training U.S. Military, federal law enforcement agencies, local police, teachers, and community organizations. We improve organizational safety and resiliency by teaching your people what to do in the midst of an attack and how to provide life saving medical response interventions that improve survivability from traumatic injury by up to 50%.
Mitigate360™ Facility safety consulting utilizes specialized and government recognized standards to provide your organization with best in class physical security consulting services. We provide you with a comprehensive security physical security assessment that includes a 360 degree evaluation of your facility and recommendations for enhanced security measures. We can also provide you with a vulnerability assessments that help you plan for physical security upgrades.
Corporate Shield™ Risk Management Solutions assess organizational security programs and their effectiveness in protecting employees, customers, sensitive information, intellectual property, and proprietary information. Our team of experts focuses on minimizing risks related to financial transactions, partner relationships, insider threats, supply chains, and brand infringement and degradation. Our corporate intelligence program develops critical information to help organizations make informed decisions and stay ahead of emerging risks and threats. Working closely with our clients, we institute information gathering projects to collect and analyze data and provide relevant and timely assessments to assist in the corporate decision making process. We evaluate, design, and implement tailored programs that optimize and leverage data collection to support strategic business decisions.
What our Law Enforcement partners are saying:
" The Program was outstanding! With 30 years of law enforcement experience, it was one of the most useful courses that I have taken."
" The best training I have had since the academy. "
We help you build an in-house capability to prevent and mitigate violent encounters at your organization with our SURVIVE™ training program. We help you build organizational response and resiliency through Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certified instruction and U.S. Military developed, battlefield-proven trauma first aid technology. This program is provided in conjunction with guidelines instituted by military and professional committees including Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC), with whom we are educational partners.
We also provide individual and facility level trauma kits - the same kits provided by the DHS to federal agencies to keep your facility prepared to respond. All of our training can be brought to your site to reduce staff downtime. Partner with us to join the growing number of professionals, teachers, police, and citizens that have been trained to SURVIVE violent encounters.
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Our comprehensive institutional safety consulting service - MITITGATE360 ™- starts with the most basic and important question: "Are we safe?" From that most basic question, we provide a 360 degree comprehensive safety assessment to help you identify and address vulnerabilities. Our program includes:
We help schools, universities, corporations, and places of worship identify and address preparedness gaps. We provide physical security surveys in accordance with federally recognized standards and provide recommendations for improvement. TPG has found that many facility managers "don't know what they don't know." TPG also reviews school safety plans and provides recommendations including active shooter/threat preparedness training and exercises.
Our Corporate Shield Risk Management Solutions assess organizational security programs and their effectiveness in protecting employees, customers, sensitive information, intellectual property, and proprietary information. Our team of experts focuses on minimizing risks related to financial transactions, partner relationships, insider threats, supply chains, and brand infringement and degradation. We offer critical risk management solutions including: Unraveling Complicated Transactions, tracing funds and assets, vetting clients, executives, and partners, Foreign Corrupt Practices / new market entry, ant-fraud protection and background / due diligence checks.
* Violence Prevention / Threat Assessments Training
* Physical Security Surveys/Improvements
* Tabletop/ Full Scale Exercises
* SURVIVE™ Critical Incident Response