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Houston Campus Threat Assessment Seminar draws attention

The city of Houston recently hosted a new federal training program that is being offered to professionals from university campuses.

Nationally renowned campus security authorities Steven J. Healy, and former University of Vermont Chief of Police, Gary J. Margolis, led the training program, which took place at the Houston Marriot Hotel on the East Sam Houston Parkway on Jan. 13.

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College Campus Security Seminar Held in D.C.

October 15, 2009 – College campus security professionals in the Washington region are taking a closer look at plans for threat assessment. The goal: to avoid tragedies like 2007’s Virginia Tech shooting.

Approximately 200 security personnel, clinical physiologists, and school administrators attended this training seminar at Gallaudet University. It’s an effort designed to create greater awareness for the signs of potential campus violence before it happens.

Lt. Virginia Fiedel is an investigator with the security detail at Gallaudet University. She says the workshop’s focus on behavioral threat assessment is key.

“Well we’ve had a team so this is allow us to revisit the systems that we have in place to asses and make adjustments were needed. But I think it’s far more useful for universities that don’t have a behavioral assessment team in place yet,” said Fiedel.

Additional seminars are planned for other areas around the U.S., all funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Elliott Francis reports…

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