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‘Active Shooter Threat Assessment Training’ at HCDE Aug. 6 provides tools for identifying pre-attack behavior and taking action




















Could there be signs that foretell a potentially violent situation at a school? If so, what behavior is considered threatening in preventing another Virginia Tech or Columbine-style shooting? “Active Shooter Threat Assessment Training” provides school personnel, including safety officers and teachers, with threat assessment training.  Two sessions will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. at Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington Blvd. in Houston, Texas.

Training is provided by the Center for Safe and Secure Schools, a division of HCDE.

The focus of threat assessment in public venues is critical to prevention.  Making a threat should not be the only precursor to taking action.  “Active Shooter Threat Assessment Training” provides an introduction to threat assessments, including identifying pre-attack behavior and providing examples to help ensure that warning signs are not ignored and that proactive strategies are taken.

Topics included in the three-hour workshop sessions include a comprehensive approach to threat assessment; the 10 key safe-school findings; bystanders’ prior knowledge of attacks; implementing a school threat assessment process; and practical role playing.

To register for the workshop, go to and register by date.  The workshop is free for staff from a Center for Safe and Secure Schools member district and $50 for non-members.  Call the Center for Safe and Secure Schools for information, (713) 696-0772.


About HCDE:  Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 25 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, Early Childhood Intervention and Head Start programs. We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at



Carol E. Vaughn, Communications/Media Relations Manager

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