Threat Response is focused on developing leadership and crisis readiness.
Mission Statement: At Threat Response, we train, support, and encourage the community to be part of their own individual accountability, while respecting their natural fears and focusing courage in the face of violent threats.
Threat Response was founded in 2017. Our mission is to empower people to learn and apply security methodologies to realize the desired outcome: safety for all community stakeholders which includes students, parents/guardians, and staff.
Our founding president, Jake Edwards was inspired to start this company by his parents’ roles as educators, his service in the United States Marine Corps and acquired mastery of effective training outcomes throughout his military tenure. His ambition led him to work for one of the largest school districts in the nation where he leads crisis training and response for more than 90,000 K-12 students.
At Threat Response, we train, support, and encourage the community to be part of their own individual accountability, while respecting their natural fears and focusing courage in the face of violent threats.
ACTIVE THREAT RESPONSE
We believe LEADERSHIP is one of the most important characteristics to embody under stress.
Lead - "The initiative in an action"
Tactics - "The means to accomplish growth"
Training churches, businesses, schools, and hospitals that want the best for their customers, employees, and clients. Unfortunately we all have insurance for certain urgent matters, having a policy for continued life is often limited. Our program is designed to give thriving options under stress and help maintain the desired outcome of continued life when faced with the immediate fear of death or grave bodily harm.
Threat Response is working with veterans and creating regional training teams throughout the country. One of our visions is to take veterans and develop them for a part time role into our public schools across America, providing the staff/students the opportunity to thrive in a crisis situation. Almost all 50 states require active threat / lockdown / intruder drills by law, we want to help provide the practical application training that is often overlooked for all stages of a school day. We call this program 'Serving Outside of Uniform'.
We are registered as a Federal Contracting Vendor and State of Virginia Contracting Vendor. Threat Response is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business / Veteran Owned.
LEAD Tactics Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_4CLoPhsaAA7pMAs2fapSg
LEAD Tactics℠ - A multi-dimensional approach to an immediate hostile threat
Emergency Action Plan : Building a Crisis Response Team to prepare your organization for and understanding the basic levels of crisis readiness
We currently have trainers servicing Virginia and other Mid-Atlantic States.
Leadership / Team Development Training
Keynote Speaking / Team Developmental Workshops / Annual Refresher Training [Virtual Available]
Volunteering - with LEAD Tactics℠
- Coordinating combat reunions for our nations Warriors.
- Connecting others with volunteer networks in their local communities.
- Connecting veterans with non-profits to fulfill their servant heart outside of uniform.
- Providing a platform for non-profits to promote their mission.
Jake started his professional career in 2003 as a Combat Engineer/Sapper in the United States
Marine Corps. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and more specifically Operation
Phantom Fury (Second Battle of Fallujah) in 2004. He served in 2005 during Iraq's first free election. He honorably discharged as a Sergeant from the Marine Corps Reserves in 2009.
In 2010, Jake was hired as a Contingency Skills Instructor to help support requirements for
military troops deploying to hostile/austere environments. In 2012, he transitioned to
another training command and within one year rose to the ranks of Assistant Chief Instructor
(filling an O-3 billet). There his training supported military advisors deploying to over 140 countries. The main course he supported was a rigorous six-week course that helped military
advisors prepare for the challenges of language, region, culture, and field-craft skills needed
to thrive in uncertain and hostile environments with limited support. Also, he was the lead
instructor for active shooter/insider threat training for armed and unarmed deploying
students. This was a vital position due to the green on blue threat with our host nation allies.
Since 2016, Jake has been employed by one of the largest public school divisions on the east
coast (US). Originally, he filled the position of School Security Training Specialist. In 2019 he
was promoted to the Administrative Coordinator of Crisis Readiness. He is a certified
School Security Officer Trainer and is also the district instructor that conducts staff crisis
management training, along with leadership development training for 100 schools and
Jake has hundreds of hours of professional development and training courses, notably, Massad Ayoob - Armed Citizen Response, Chase Hughes - Behavior Profiling/Influence, Risk Strategic Management - Master Instructor of School Security, Monadnock Expandable Baton Instructor Course, NRA-LE Tactical Shooting Instructor Course, Military - Academic Instructor Course, and Sapper School - USMC Advanced Engineer Course.
Degrees and Professional Development:
Associate of Science: Business Administration, PVCC – Graduation, 2011
Bachelor of Science: Occupational/Technical Services – Training Specialist, Old Dominion
University – Graduation pending, December 2023
Statewide Community of Practice for Excellence [SCOPE], University of Virginia Curry School –
Leadership Cohort, 2019-2021
Notable Volunteer Work:
Jake planned and coordinated the 15-year, Second Battle of Fallujah reunion at the National
Marine Corps Museum in 2019. He was able to fundraise over $60,000 with a large golf
tournament, that allowed over 300 guests to attend the reunion at no charge. During his
efforts he collaborated with four non-profits, Azalea Charites, Semper Fi/America’s Fund,
Reunite The Fight, and The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)