Offbeat Secret Service issues guide to help identify students who may be a threat

18:27  12 july  2018
18:27  12 july  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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As developed by the Secret Service , threat assessment involves efforts to identify , assess, and manage individuals and groups who may pose threats of targeted violence.

The Secret Service has no role in determining who is to be considered a major candidate. The Secret Service has primary jurisdiction to investigate threats against Secret Service protectees as well Positions are limited and students may choose from numerous occupations related to their field.

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The Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center has researched school attacks for nearly 20 years. The center is authorized by Congress to ensure safety in public spaces including schools.

Lina Alathari, who led the team that created the guide, joined "CBS This Morning" Thursday and discussed how implementing a threat assessment program can help people intervene before school shootings happen.

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A key component of protection involves threat assessment: efforts to identify , assess, and manage persons who might pose a threat of violence to our protectees. In the last few years, the Secret Service has completed an operational study of the behavior and thinking of all persons in the U.S

Previous Incident-Based Research. To better understand the breadth of issues with which an IHE may be confronted as part of a threat assessment, the Secret Service , Department of Education, and the FBI sought to identify and review literature that specifically examined the

"This guide takes you through actionable step-by-step instructions of how to do that," Alathari said, "How to set up a threat assessment program in school, which constitutes establishing a threat assessment team that's multidisciplinary, identifying concerning and prohibiting behaviors, having a mechanism for reporting behavior and doing a training for stakeholders."

Alathari said having a threat assessment program means having standards in place where teachers and peers can identify students who might be exhibiting questionable behavior or experiencing some sort of distress.

"How to gather information from multiple sources on the student's behavior, their circumstances, how they cope with challenges and setbacks," Alathari said. "So that you can assess whether they have a risk of engaging in harm to themselves or others and then identifying what intervention strategies can we put in place to mitigate that risk."

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As developed by the Secret Service , threat assessment involves efforts to identify , assess, and manage individuals and groups who may pose threats of targeted violence.

This document sets forth a process for identifying , assessing and managing students who may pose a threat of targeted violence in schools. An example provided by the Secret Service in the Threat Assessment Guide is as follows

According to Alathari, schools have been engaging in threat assessment since Columbine, when the Secret Service released the original study on school shooters. The guide also looks at access to weapons as one component of the assessment.

"We take a holistic approach when we're examining these students," Alathari said. "So if you're doing an assessment on a student, you want to look at everything going on in their life. You're looking at everything that would increase or decrease the risk of violence. "

But Alathari says uniform application of the program is key.

"Just from talking to schools across the country, people have different practices," Alathari said. "I think what this guide will do is really promote where you can have best practices. Where you can have a mechanism in place so that these signs are not missed."

You can view the full guide here.


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