Advantages of a Threat Assessment System

  • Shared ownership, shared responsibility and decreased liability. Community agencies have the confidence of knowing that they are in good company and that no one person or agency shoulders the weight of decision making without consultation and support from the others.
  • Multi-discipline, multi-agency. Teaming through a multi-agency process allows for many different professional perspectives and resources.
  • Expeditious but methodical. Turn around time can be within hours allowing efficient safety planning, supervision and necessary intervention.
  • Community collaboration. Community collaboration brings community support into the process and thus decreases the pressure and worry within participating agencies such as schools, mental health and the courts. For example, with the Student Threat Assessment System, collaboration lowers the potential conflict between the schools and parents by reducing the focus on the schools and expanding it to the entire community. Community collaboration allows a united stand.
  • Identification of risk in clear terms. The system is defined in language and terms that are common and easily communicated to the public, parents, teachers and students.
  • Interventions and supervision strategies that fit the situation and accurately address risk. The goal is an accurate and realistic understanding of situations that pose a risk of violence. Thus the strategies used to decrease that risk are fitting to the situation and not over-reactive or avoidant.
  • Adult system increases supervision and awareness of risk within community; School system safely keeps students in school rather than rely on expulsion or other means to remove them and thus leave them potentially unsupervised. Over 95% of the assessments conclude with a supervision plan that is implemented at an education site.
  • Increases both the physical safety and psychological safety of schools and the community. As confidence and a sense of safety increases, teachers, students and community members are better able to teach, learn and work without the distraction of fear.
  • Based on research and is legally defensible. See bibliography and links.
  • Recommended by US Departments of Education, Justice, NAAG, IACLEA, NASPA, MHEC, and practitioners through the nation. See bibliography and links.