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Creating a Behavioral Assessment Team / Behavioral Intervention Team

School attacks have occurred in the United States since 1764. However, it is just in the last 20 years that school shootings have increased significantly both in frequency and lethality. School shootings have now become a commonplace event, occurring in cities large and small throughout the United States. Since the 1999 Columbine school shooting, there have been more than 250 shootings and schools in the United States and more than 1,000 averted school rampage attacks. 


As practitioners, no matter what field you are in, you have an obligation to look at every critical incident from around the world. You have an obligation to look at what went wrong and what went right. With each critical event, there are multiple lessons you can apply at your organization. On April 16, 2007, the largest mass shooting at its time was committed at Virginia Tech. Thirty-two people died after being gunned down on the campus. This event spurned the creation of Behavior Assessment Teams (BATs) and Behavioral Intervention Teams (BITs). Both the United States' Secret Service and the Department of Education strongly recommend that schools implement processes and teams to assess and manage potential threats. In addition, numerous businesses and organizations have implemented similar models. 


The threat of violence is certainly not just limited to educational institutions. A quarter of United States workers have said their workplace has had a least one incident of workplace violence. In 2017, more than 18,000 people suffered from non-fatal injuries and more than 800 died from workplace violence. The OSHA General Duty Clause requires that employers maintain a place of employment that is free from known or foreseen hazards. Part of fulfilling the OSHA General Duty clause in ensuring processes in place to assess and manage potential threats.


Businesses, non-profit organizations, government agency, K-12 schools and institutions of higher education across the county have formed or in the process of forming Behavior Assessments Teams (BAT) or Behavior Intervention Teams (BIT). Unfortunately, there are still many organizations and institutions who have not created these teams. Institutions of Higher Education are proactive on the front end. A BAT or BIT assists in managing situations that pose, or may reasonably pose, a threat to the health, safety and well being of the community it serves. Through a proactive, collaborative, organized, and objective approach, the team can identify, access, intervene, and manage disruption or threatening situations. In addition, the team can manage individuals whose behaviors potentially impede their safety or the safety of those around them.


Threat Suppression staff have spent more than 25,000 hours researching active shooter perpetrators and events. Our staff have conducted walk-throughs with responders at many school shooting locations, including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Inland Regional Center, Pulse Nightclub, and more. Threat Suppression staff have trained more than 100,000 people on active shooter response. The Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and Department of Education all utilize and recommend the active shooter training available at Threat Suppression.

This class is primarily designed for school administrators, active public safety members (police, fire, and EMS), military law enforcement, business managers, mental health professionals, and government officials. To download a copy of this course brochure, please click the PDF below. This course can be offered live or as a webinar.


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


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