February 22,
2017

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FBI Releases New Publication on Threat Assessment and Targeted Violence

This month, the FBI released a new publication, Making Prevention a Reality: Identifying, Assessing, and Managing the Threat of Targeted Attacks (PDF), the culmination of nearly two years of work following a 2015 gathering of multidisciplinary experts and the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. The purpose of this gathering was to discuss solutions to reduce attacks such as mass shootings and other forms of targeted violence including stalking, terrorism, or ambush attacks on law enforcement. This publication represents the results of this workgroup and aims to serve as a practical guide to threat assessment and management for public safety officials, including campus public safety officials, of any experience level.

The focus of this publication is a shift in the traditional social norm of policing from apprehend and prosecute after a violent crime has been committed to "identify, assess, and manage the risk of future, planned violence." This approach, or strategy, is known as threat assessment. This guidance provides information needed to set up threat assessment teams and how to effectively engage them in the process of identifying and assessing risks or threats, including managing persons who pose a true concern for planned, targeted violence, including active shooters. The guide is also context-neutral, meaning it can be applied to educational, workplaces, and other situations.  

The publication is comprehensive, with five in-depth chapters and seven appendices. Chapters include:
  1. Awareness: Initial Step Toward Change. 
    • Covers topics such as gender of offenders, mental illness, barriers to successful engagement
  2. Identification: An Essential Step for Threat Management. 
    • Covers low probability/high impact events, role of bystanders, threats and free speech
  3. Assessment: Analysis for Guiding Management. 
    • Includes topics such as bias, pathways to violence, information gathering, threat enhancers
  4. Management: The Prevention Plan. 
    • Includes safety and caretaking, assumption of responsibility, management spectrum options, family
  5. Threat Management Team: The Set Up. 
    • Topics include logistics, setting up policy, why teams work, one team and one goal
The appendices include a breakdown of levels of concerns (low, moderate, elevated, high), tripwires and warning signs, a graphic of the threat assessment and management process, duty to warn guidance, glossary of terms, and other relevant references.

The FBI stresses that "prevention is not and cannot be a passive process. It requires a strong and overt commitment by organizations and communities to prioritizing public safety and caretaking for those in need." This guide provides the knowledge about assessment and management of violent threats that will help make a difference in preventing targeted violence.

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Transnational Crime

Last week, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Transnational Crime Committee (TCC) issued an informational handout on transnational crime.  The goal of the informational handout is to socialize the term "transnational crime" and to better assist state, local, federal, and international law enforcement, including campus law enforcement, with noticing and identifying the signs of transnational crime. Transnational crimes are crimes that have actual or potential effect across national borders and crimes that are intrastate but offend fundamental values of the international community. The handout includes information on transnational criminal strategies and tactics, the shape of this crime in our communities, the impact it has on our economy, why a law enforcement response is needed, and more.
 
The TCC utilizes the collective and varied expertise of its membership as a resource to IACP members and the law enforcement community to provide current information regarding emerging trends and threats, as well as establish best practice methods relative to combating transnational crime. For more information on the TCC, please email committees@theiacp.org

Access the Cannabis Learning Collaborative webinar schedule.
Cannabis and its Impact on Campus
 
The marijuana legalization status in many states has changed, or is subject to change in the coming years. It is imperative that institutions of higher education (IHEs) stay informed and prepare for additional responsibilities to their campus communities. For more information on the specific challenges IHEs face with regard to marijuana legalization and decriminalization, download our emerging issues forum report, The Effects of Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization on Campus Safety at Institutions of Higher Education (PDF).  
 
The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (Higher Education Center) developed the Cannabis Learning Collaborative (Collaborative) to offer a compact and accessible course on the challenges that face colleges and universities due to the use and misuse of cannabis. The Higher Education Center provides IHEs with the tools and resources to launch alcohol and drug misuse prevention and recovery programs on their campuses. 
 
The Collaborative has several benefits for members, including:
  • Seven live webinars with access to the recordings
  • Access to state laws regarding marijuana
  • Access to sample campus policies
  • One Q&A session using Google Hangout with a leader in the field
  • Downloadable anti-drugged driving campaign materials
  • Latest research briefs
  • Technical assistance
  • Campus-wide access through a password-protected portal
The following six webinars have been scheduled and a seventh webinar will be scheduled soon. 

1. Cannabis and the Adolescent Brain: What Does the Evidence Say? 
2. Not Your Parents Marijuana: Changing Trends in Marijuana Use
3. Colleges Within Legalizing States: What Stays and What Must Change
4. Blunt Talk: Addressing the Myths of Marijuana with Collegiate Student-Athletes
5. Brief Interventions for Marijuana: Applying Motivational Interviewing Strategies
6. Exploring the Changing Landscape of Marijuana Prevention and Education

Joining the Collaborative is free for members of the Higher Education Center and $100 for non-members. Learn more about becoming a member of the Higher Education Center or email hecaod@osu.edu with any questions. Join the Collaborative and register today!

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Professional Development Opportunities:

Title: Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management: Enhancing Law Enforcement Capabilities to Identify, Assess, and Manage Risk for Targeted Violence
Organization: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Dates: March 13-14, 2017
Location: Roanoke, VA
Fee: Free

Title: Security Assessment
Organization: American Crime Prevention Institute
Dates: March 13-17, 2017
Location: Louisville, KY
Fee: Registration fee

Title: HSTI Live: Countering Violent Extremism
Organization: College of DuPage
Date: March 29, 2017 at 11:00AM ET
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL 
and online
Fee: Free

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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