For this career military and security management professional, a Grand Rounds presentation to an audience of medical school interns and practicing psychiatrists and psychologists was out of the scope of a typical day, but the workplace violence expert did so confidently and credibly.
Chris Silva, CPP, began his career in security management in the California Army National Guard. After two decades, Silva retired as a major and transitioned into the private sector where he worked for 15 years in corporate security management, with investigations and threat mitigation becoming his core areas of expertise.
In November 2014, Silva took on his current position of Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) coordinator at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). There, he is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of the university’s workplace violence mitigation policies and procedures. “We care for a workforce that exceeds 40,000, as well as the enrolled student community of 40,000, and visitors and vendors,” he explains.
As to the routine tasks of Silva’s position, he states, “I maintain a centralized and comprehensive response to potential threat of violence and track all crisis response activities. I coordinate behavioral threat assessments, develop key relationships, and coordinate BIT activities before, during, and after potentially violent situations.”
An active member of the ASIS International Los Angeles Chapter since 2001, Silva has served as a volunteer leader in several roles. “My ASIS membership has done a number of things to boost my career,” Silva observes. “ASIS is the perfect venue of networking, and it offers leadership, mentorship, and educational opportunities.”
Silva earned his Certified Protection Professional® (CPP) designation in 2006. “My functional experience has been valuable, but the CPP is tangible evidence that I can transfer knowledge from theory and put it into practice.”
When asked if he would recommend ASIS board certification to others, Silva responds by encouraging ASIS board-certified professionals to reach out to those within their chapter who are not certified and explain to them the benefits of attaining a designation