How to Conduct Effective Threat Assessments

VTV is offering a series of free, confidential, online self-assessment tools for colleges. Here's how to use VTV's threat assessment tool, as well as some best practices your campus should adopt.

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Learning about a threat and then assessing it can be a huge challenge for institutions of higher education.

Currently, colleges across the nation have adopted a broad range of approaches to addressing concerns about targeted violence. Many are proactive, collaborative and systematic, which are considered to be attributes of effective threat management programs. That said, according to Dr. Gene Deisinger, who is a managing partner with SIGMA Threat Management Associates and formerly the deputy police chief at Virginia Tech, other programs continue to be fragmented, reactive and dated, so their effectiveness is limited.

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To address this challenge, the VTV Family Outreach Foundation (VTV) has created a new threat assessment tool, which is part of the 32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32NCSI) that will be launched Aug. 13. 32NCSI is a series of free, confidential, online self-assessment tools, covering alcohol and drug prevention and intervention, campus public safety, emergency management, hazing, mental health, missing students, physical security, sexual violence and threat assessments.

Dr. Deisinger helped develop 32NCSI’s threat assessment tool. In this podcast, he describes some of the best practices colleges should adopt so their threat management programs are effective. He also describes how campuses can use the 32NCSI threat assessment tool to address individuals exhibiting concerning behavior.

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Robin Hattersley Gray
Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach. Twitter: @RobinHattSmiles
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