Community Threat Assessment Protocol
Community Threat Assessment Protocol: Preventing Serious Violence
The Community Threat Assessment Protocol involves the school board, police and the community in preventing possible incidents of serious violence. The Protocol was signed September 2, 2010, by local school boards, several police services, and a wide range of community agencies – more than 45 in total. The document guides schools and organizations in working together to identify individuals who may be at high risk of committing serious violence. Its goal is to prevent possible violent incidents, to keep our schools and communities safe.
The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board, and their partner organizations are committed to:
- maintaining safe, caring and restorative schools, workplaces and communities
- identifying potential risks early
- sharing information with one another as soon as they become aware of a student who may pose a risk of violence to self or others
- putting appropriate plans in place, based on the information they learn, to support students and prevent violence.
The strength of the Community Threat Assessment Protocol is its Community Threat Assessment Team (Community TAT). This team’s members have expertise in a wide variety of areas. They work together to share information quickly on the threatening situation, and to identify the risks involved . Each member has different pieces of information, and, together, they “connect the dots” to get the whole picture about the level of risk posed. In sharing personal information, the members of the team respect and balance each individual=s right to privacy with the need to ensure the safety of all.
The Community Threat Assessment is based on the work of the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response.