A renowned public speaker is making his way to Commerce next month to educate the community on safety habits and proper responses to active shooters, acts of terrorism and more.
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (ret.) will deliver a free public speaking engagement, “Bullet Proof Mind,” on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Aug. 9. The event is being hosted by the Commerce ISD Police Department.
Grossman is coming to town after CISD PD were named as the winners of a contest from Guard 911, the makers of several apps that allow police departments, schools, businesses and more enhance safety and response times for law enforcement and medical personnel. CISD officer Dave Contreras entered his criminal justice class that he teaches into the Hero911 Network and 511 Tactical Lip Sync Challenge and won. As a prize, CISD PD received a year’s subscription to the SchoolGuard app for the Commerce High School campus as well as a free visit from a public speaker of their choice.
Chief Joe Venable said that choosing Grossman was easy.
“I knew right away who I would want to come here to speak,” Venable said. “Lt. Col. Grossman is an excellent speaker with a lot of important information to share.”
Grossman, who is a former U.S. Army Ranger, has published multiple books on the psychology behind mass shooters and terrorists. He is a former professor of psychology at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and his works have been put on the required reading lists for U.S. Marine Corps Commandants and the Federal Bureau of investigation.
“Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime,” according to his website.
Grossman has also served as an expert witness in a number of state and federal court cases, and was a part of the prosecution team in the case of United States v. Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber.
Venable said that he doesn’t just want police and school employees to come to the event, but business owners, churches and everyday citizens as well.
“It’s not only important to be more alert on the job, but in everyday life as well,” Venable said.
The event is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 9 at the Ferguson Auditorium at A&M-Commerce. Guests are asked to arrive no later than 7:45 a.m.