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In addition to partial- and full-day training sessions, management and human resources professionals often benefit from reasonable suspicion and red flag training techniques available to spot disgruntled workers and potential acts of violence before they happen.


Every year, 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence, according to the National Safety Council. Perhaps more alarmingly, for some occupations, violence is the third leading cause of death. Despite these grim statistics, the training experts at Protective Advanced Safety Services (PASS) offer hope, providing customized training and preparedness plans to educate and empower workers.

Our co-founders, John Nettis, Steven Grasso and Mark Poggi, have risen through the ranks of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department and the Agawam Police Department, respectively. All skilled in active shooter response and emergency preparedness, the trainers strive to elevate workplace safety by offering role-playing scenarios, strategies and suggestions to employees, and creating custom-tailored, effective emergency action plans.

PASS is different in that we don’t just put on a PowerPoint presentation, talk in front of a room and leave. We make it a point to visit the workplace to identify vulnerabilities unique to the property so that when we do provide training, it’s customized, relevant and actionable should an emergency occur.

PASS exists because of necessity, but thrives because of our commitment to empower people. We are grateful to be in a position to be able to give back and share the knowledge we’ve garnered from our law enforcement careers to help civilians who otherwise wouldn’t have access to training.

Everyone deserves to be safe—at work, school, in churches and other public settings. We make it our mission to do just that.

John Nettis

John Nettis

Skilled in gang education and resistance, criminal and behavioral profiling, as well as active-shooter training, Nettis brings real-world experience to each training session. His delivery is straightforward yet sensitive, making for impactful and memorable sessions.

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Steven Grasso

Steven Grasso

With experience in crime scene management, drug identification and incident command systems, Grasso brings a believability to scenario-based learning, allowing participants the unique opportunity to witness and respond to workplace emergencies, evacuating their own work spaces following routes mapped out by PASS.

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Mark Poggi

Mark Poggi

A long-time veteran of the Agawam Police Department, Poggi is certified in active shooter training. In addition to credentialed coursework, he has trained with renowned instructor, James Markowski, of the ATF and the Massachusetts State Police Tactical Response Team.

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Everyone deserves to be safe—at work, school, in churches and other public settings. PASS can help to empower your team through role-playing scenarios, strategies and suggestions to employees, and by creating custom-tailored, effective emergency action plans.

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