New York State Police

Threat Assessment

Threat Assessment is the process of identifying, assessing, and managing a student who may have the intent and capacity to launch a violent attack against himself, or others. The backbone of Threat Assessment is information sharing. When conducting an inquiry or investigation regarding a potential threat, the inquirer or investigator will find that different people in the student's life may have different - and possibly small - pieces of information. Effective Threat Assessment relies on collecting these pieces of information from all who have interaction with the student in order to paint a clearer picture of the student, and his life circumstances. Through this process, schools can provide a student of concern with needed support and services, while maintaining a safe learning environment.