What Does the Secret Service Know?
Quite a bit - especially when it comes to violence on campus.
After years of intensive research of school shooting incidents, the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education released a guide to targeted violence and threat assessment in schools.
Chuck Friend, Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge at the U.S. Secret Service, will present the findings of the study at next month's Campus Safety Conference in Austin, TX.
Campus Safety Journal recently asked Friend for a sneak peek at the outline of his presentation at the Feb. 3-4, 2003, training conference in Texas.
Friend told CSJ that the Secret Service got involved in the project "as part of its mission to provide leadership and guidance in the prevention of instances of targeted violence."
The Secret Service Safety School Initiative is a data-based research project that examines school-based attacks. Since 1999, members of the Secret Service's National Threat Assessment Center have been conducting the Safe School Initiative, an operational study of 37 U.S. school shootings (involving) 41 perpetrators) over the past 25 years.
"Researchers examined school shootings, starting from the incident and working backward to development of the original idea," says Friend. "Through this incident-focused, behavior-based analysis, NTAC researchers hope to increase understanding of the patterns of communication, planning and preparation that precede these attacks."
The goal of the Safe School Initiative is to provide accurate and useful information to school administrators, educators, law enforcement professionals, and others who have protective and safety responsibilities in schools to help prevent incidents of school-based targeted violence.
Friend's presentation will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 4, and will focus on the implications of the following 10 key findings of the study:
In addition to the Secret Service presentation, 12 other seminars and two intensive training sessions will focus on the major safety and security issues at colleges/universities and secondary schools.
The Secret Service's Safe School Initiative was developed for campus safety professionals, school administrators, educators and law enforcement personnel. Some of the authors of the research into school shootings, pictured, will present their findings at the Campus Safety Conference Feb. 3-4, 2003, in Austin, TX.
Managing Bomb Threat Incidents at Schools - Learn the skills necessary to successfully plan for and manage bomb threat incidents at schools.
Prevention, Intervention, Response - Learn what makes School Resource Officers effective in school settings.
A complete schedule for the training conference is available atwww.campusjournal.com.
For more information on these training conferences for campus safety professionals, please call 310.390.5277 x 4 or visit www.campusjournal.com