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Threat Assessment and Reporting Threat Assessment and Reporting

Identify and address threatening or concerning behaviors before they lead to violence.

Reporting on a variety of concerning student behaviors and other suspicious activities provides authorities and school personnel with the information they need to stop violence before it occurs. A 2008 study showed that, prior to an act of violence, most attackers behaved in a way that made others concerned, and other people knew about the attacker’s plan. Having a threat assessment program, or a multidisciplinary group process, to evaluate these reports can significantly reduce violence, including mass casualty attacks.

Schools should establish a reporting system that is continually monitored and allows anonymous reporting. Districts and schools should establish multidisciplinary teams and threat assessment programs to assess each report and respond to threats of violence and other concerning behavior.

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The federal government identified additional resources that highlight strategies for school safety. Use these resources to learn more about threat assessment and reporting.

Guidance
Threat Assessment and Reporting
If You See Something, Say Something Campaign

Department of Homeland Security

This guidance informs schools of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.

Guidance
Threat Assessment and Reporting
Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative

Department of Justice

This guidance provides law enforcement with another tool to help prevent terrorism and other related criminal activity by establishing a national capacity for gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing, and sharing suspicious activity reporting information.

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