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Workplace Violence

The County of Riverside has a zero-tolerance standard for all threats and violent behavior in the workplace. The intent of Board Policy C-27 Workplace Violence, Threats and Securities is to ensure a safe workplace and to reduce the risk of violence in the workplace.

The list of zero-tolerance behaviors with regard to threats and/or violence shall include, but not be limited to, the following proactive measures and/or prohibited behaviors:

  • Engaging or allowing engagement in violent conduct or making threats of violence, implied, actual, direct, or indirect, or causing actual physical injury to another person at a county workplace or in connection with the conduct of county business.  
  • Any aggressive or hostile behavior that creates a reasonable fear of injury to another person or subjects another individual to emotional distress.
  • Intentionally damaging County of Riverside property or the property of another.  
  • Being in possession of an offensive or defensive weapon (firearm, club, knife with a blade four inches or longer, etc.), unless specifically required or authorized in the course of employment, at any county facility or in connection with the conduct of county business without regard to location.  
  • Committing acts motivated by, or related to, sexual harassment or domestic violence.

If you have been subjected to violent or threatening behavior, please complete and submit an incident report.

If any employee exhibits behavior which could be a sign of a potentially dangerous situation, please immediately report it to a supervisor and the Human Resources Department - Safety Office, at (951) 955-3520 or the 24-hour hotline (951) 955-5868.  Such behavior might include:

  • Discussing weapons or bringing them to the workplace;
  • Displaying overt signs of extreme stress, resentment, hostility, or anger;
  • Making threatening remarks;
  • Sudden or significant deterioration of performance; and/or,
  • Displaying irrational or inappropriate behavior.

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