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School threat assessment training now available


The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has produced video training to help law enforcement officers work with schools to create threat assessment teams, a proven method of preventing school violence.

The teams work to identify problems for students and move to solve them.

In the 11-part video training, school officials and law enforcement officers from throughout Ohio share how their teams have helped students in their districts.

School resource officers, or other officers whose primary responsibilities involve school safety, may receive a $500 grant when they complete the training and agree to help form or participate in a school-based threat assessment team. The training videos and grant request can be found on the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG). The deadline to apply is this month: May 31.

Ten of the 11 videos — one is available to law enforcement only — are also available publicly at Teachers, parents, counselors and all others who interact with students and schools are encouraged to learn the techniques, which are based on methods developed by the U.S. Secret Service and other experts.