Active Shooter Threat Assessment and Threat Leakage

This comprehensive lecture examines the psychology and behavior of active shooters, with a particular emphasis on adolescent perpetrators. School administrators and law enforcement officials need to have a thorough understand of both the psychology and behavior to effectively prevent active shooter attacks. This course is ideal for school administrators, school counselors, school resource officers, and law enforcement criminal investigators. Threat Suppression has provided this training to multiple federal law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense.

Although there is no standard “profile” of the active assailant perpetrator, there are many commonalities. In this course, the presenter will discuss the commonalities, including the psychology, neuroscience, causative factors, common motives, pre-attack intelligence gathering, and pre-attack warning indicators. The presenter will also discuss motives, the concept of the “injustice collector”, the concept of the “violence coach”, the concept of “dropping anchor” (emotional grounding), suicide to homicide triggers, and much more.


Threat leakage is the communication to a third party of the intent to do harm. Threat leakage is fact-based, dynamic, acute, and often accelerates as the attack approaches. Threat leakage frequently occurs in active shooter attacks, especially those attacks perpetrated by adolescents. Leakage is one of the best and most important predictors of an adolescent’s impending violent act. In this presentation, the concept of threat leakage will be explored. The leakage pathway of warning behavior is covered, including numerous real life examples of leakage in social media, diaries, school projects, and more. Numerous active shooter perpetrators will be discussed, and examples of each perpetrator’s threat leakage will be shown.  


The concept of threat assessment teams will be discussed and explored. The creation of threat assessment teams in schools has resulted in the discovery of numerous potential threats and successful aversion of rampage attacks. Threat assessment team composition is discussed, along with activation triggers for team involvement. This presentation is firmly grounded in peer-reviewed research and utilizes numerous resources to provide factual information for the attendees.


This class is for active public safety members, military law enforcement, intelligence analysts, and school administrators only. This class is not available to the general public. To download a PDF description of this course, please click here.


If you would like more information on booking this course, please email, or call 1-800-231-9106.


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