The Center for Aggression Management has implemented its first Campus Aggression Prevention System (CAPS) at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).

The Center for Aggression Management has implemented its first Campus Aggression Prevention System (CAPS), a Risk Management System (RMS) at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).  It is our intention that EKU become the vanguard of campus safety through CAPS. 

USA Today was intrigued enough to sit in on one-day of this three-day CAPS training because they realize the EKU is implementing their Behavioral Intervention Teams and wish to use cutting edge technology and training.  We are expecting the article to be published this week.  

There are three components to CAPS: First Observers (eyes and ears for aggression on campus), Qualified Responders (trained Behavioral Intervention Team members) and software platform (Meter of Emerging Aggression and Longitudinal Tracking of Aggression on Campus).


  1. Fantastic news!! And Congratulations! I hope more universities will pick up on this and get a program going as well. I also hope that one day government wakes up and begins using this as well to prevent terrorism!!

  2. james

    John Byrnes is one of the pioneers in helping all of us pay attention.

    For the first time in the history of our species, we are all becoming aware that we are actually living together in the same room at the same time.

    This fact means our awareness needs to shift to a larger, more global context: what we can all do to stop emerging violence before it has a chance to cause chaos and damage. The recent events in Arizona demonstrate that our collective awareness is inevitably being forced into a necessary transformation. Organizations like the Center for Aggression Management are leading the way and preparing us for coping with a world culture undergoing dislocating change.

    We will learn how to spot the first signs of violence in our environment and we will learn how to respond to it nimbly and effectively.

    Thanks to John Byrnes, this ability will not only grow and spread, it will also be studied and taught.

  3. You deserve congratulations on two counts. Congratulations first on your inaugural implementation of the Campus Aggression Prevention System at Eastern Kentucky University. And secondly, kudos on getting USA Today to sit in on some of the training and cover the story. I look forward to seeing how they frame it. With the tragedy in Tuscon, this coverage should get some interested readers.

    Keep up the good and important work.

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  5. Congratulations! This must have been a huge step forward for CAPS. Do you guys have any plans of going international with this? I believe countries other than the U.S. would also benefit from this training course. It will definitely shape the work or study environment into a better place! Kudos to you guys!

  6. John D. Byrnes

    Thank you, Michael, for your comments and kind words. This was a huge step as it put into action the theories and practices that we have devoted our entire lives to over the past 18 years.  Dr. Claire Good, Vice President of Student Affairs and Chair of Eastern Kentucky University’s (EKU) Student Assistance and Intervention Team (SAIT), has become our greatest advocate.  EKU is living proof that the CAPS system works and enables a campus or workplace the opportunity to become “as safe as possible!”  We realize that no program can produce “absolute safety” and there are thousands of programs that make a campus “safer;” but there is only one program (CAPS) that can, in an empirical way, make a campus “as safe as possible!”

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