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The Ohio School Threat Assessment Training is initially designed for School Resource/DARE Officers and other law enforcement officials whose primary responsibilities include school safety.  Furthermore, (3) additional slots were granted to each police department/sheriff’s office for the following personnel:

1.  One slot for the immediate supervisor of SRO/DARE officers

2. Two slots for command staff

3. All officers must complete all 11 segments in the series to receive the (1) certificate for the Ohio School Threat Assessment Training and apply for the $500 grant.

For all questions and inquiries, please contact Mark Porter at mark.porter@ohioattorneygeneral.gov or at 614/728-1173 (o), 614/955-8847 (c).   

Ensuring the safety of Ohio’s schools encompasses multiple components, including physical security, emergency management and violence prevention in the form of a threat assessment process. This process begins with a comprehensive targeted violence prevention plan, which involves forming a multidisciplinary threat assessment team, establishing central reporting mechanisms, identifying behaviors of concern, defining the threshold for law enforcement intervention, identifying risk management strategies, promoting safe school climates and providing training to stakeholders. Such a plan can also help schools mitigate threats from students, employees, parents or others.

These basic instructions and recommendations serve as the starting point for implementation, a process that will need to be customized to the specific needs of your school and the larger community.

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  • Courses (11)
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STA001 - Introduction - Ohio School Threat Assessment Training

Credits: 0.2
The introduction discusses the importance of why all school’s should develop a comprehensive targeted violence prevention plan and how school resource officers can participate.
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STA002 - Establish a Multidisciplinary Threat Assessment Team

Credits: 0.2
The first step in developing a comprehensive targeted violence prevention plan is to establish a multidisciplinary threat assessment team of individuals who will direct, manage, and document the threat assessment process.
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STA003 - Define Prohibited and Concerning Behaviors

Credits: 0.2
Schools need to establish policies defining prohibited behaviors that are unacceptable and therefore warrant immediate intervention.
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STA004 - Create a Central Reporting Mechanism

Credits: 0.2
Having a central reporting program that allows students, parents, and teachers to anonymously report threats, bullying, and other concerning behaviors, that make them feel unsafe that allow trained experts to respond appropriately.
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STA005 - Determine the Threshold for Law Enforcement Intervention

Credits: 0.2
Some concerning behaviors may not require the involvement of law enforcement. This section will show the range that experts, law enforcement, and school officials around the state of Ohio handle these matters and when they involve law enforcement.
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STA006 - Establish Assessment Procedures

Credits: 0.2
Threat Assessment Teams need to establish clearly defined processes and procedures to guide their assessments. When followed, the procedures should allow the Team to form an accurate picture of the student’s thinking, behavior, and circumstances to inform the Team’s assessment and identify appropriate interventions.
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STA007 - Develop Risk Management Options

Credits: 0.2
This section discusses the various options the Threat Assessment Teams can evaluate whether the student is at risk for self-harm or harming others and why each student who comes to the Team’s attention will require an individualized management plan.
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STA008 - Create and Promote Safe School Climates

Credits: 0.2
A crucial component of preventing targeted violence at schools relies on developing positive school climates built on a culture of safety, respect, trust, and social and emotional support.
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STA009 - Conduct Training for All Stakeholders

Credits: 0.2
The final component of a comprehensive targeted violence prevention plan is to identify training needs for all stakeholders, including school resource officers; school administrators and staff; faculty; students; parents; and law enforcement.
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STA010 - Conclusion - Ohio School Threat Assessment Training

Credits: 0.2
This section shares some insights from a new U.S. Secret Service report which studied 41 shootings in K-12 school buildings in the U.S. from 2008 – 2017.
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STA011 - Guide to the Ohio School Vulnerability Assessment

Credits: 0.2
This section covers the importance of conducting school vulnerability assessments to assess the security needs of the school district. This training outlines the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s excel report and provides contact information for follow up questions.
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