New Secret Service guidance on school safety

The United States Secret Service has released new guidelines for enhancing school safety using a threat assessment model:

These and other resources on school safety and other targeted violence are available on the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) webpage including:

The mission of the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) is to provide guidance on threat assessment and training, both within the Secret Service and to its law enforcement, public safety, and academic partners. Through the Presidential Threat Protection Act of 2000, Congress formally authorized NTAC to provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Research threat assessment and various types of targeted violence.
  • Provide training on threat assessment and targeted violence to law enforcement officials, school personnel, and others with protective and public safety responsibilities.
  • Consult on complex threat assessment cases or programs.
  • Promote the standardization of federal, state, and local threat assessment and investigations.
  • Facilitate information-sharing among agencies with protective and/or public safety responsibilities.

NTAC will lead the development of evidence-based threat assessment techniques to prevent rare, non-random violent acts that impact both local and international communities. Conducting a unique blend of cutting-edge behavior-based research, practical training, and operational guidance, NTAC will serve as the leading resource on ways to assess threats and identify indicators of targeted violence.

Note:  In a previous post we reported on School Violence Threat Assessment Team courses being offered at no charge by the new state Office of School Safety.  These courses are designed for school administrators, counselors, security personnel and school resource officers (SROs).  The first of these day-long courses will be held on July 27 in Madison.  A second day-long course will be offered in the Milwaukee area on Thursday, August 9 at Nicolet High School in Glendale.  (Click here for link to sign up online.)  More of these trainings will follow in locations around the state.  We’ll provide additional information about these training opportunities as that information is made public.