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‘School Threat Assessment Training’ Jan. 22 Features Former U.S. Secret Service Psychologist
News Release
Monday, January 21, 2019

Demands for threat management trainings increased in the aftermath of the active shooter tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas.  On Jan. 22 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Target Restoration Services and Harris County Department of Education’s Center for Safe and Secure Schools present “School Threat Assessment Training: Creating a Safe Environment for Students.” Sigma Threat Management Associates’ Dr. Marisa R. Randazzo--an expert on threat assessment, target violence and violence prevention--leads the training. Joining her are members of the first responder team from Texas City as they discuss lessons learned from the tragedy. 

“Districts need tools to work through threat scenarios,” said Center for Safe and Secure Schools Director Ecomet Burley. “This workshop provides practice by working through threat scenarios. Educators walk away with the know-how to develop a case management plan for their district/campus through an expert whose threat assessment best practices are depended on by national security agencies and major media outlets.”

School Threat Assessment Training expert Randazzo served for 10 years with the U.S. Secret Services and as the agency’s chief research psychologist. An accomplished presenter, she has trained over 10,000 professionals in law enforcement, management, administration, mental health and the intelligence community.  She has been featured in interviews through 60 Minutes, the Today Show, 48 Hours, Dateline NBC and Good Morning America.

During the presentation, Randazzo talks to school leaders about identifying and investigating potential campus threats. She demonstrates how to build an effective threat assessment management program.

Cost for the training is $35 and includes breakfast and snacks courtesy of Sprouts and lunch courtesy of Target Restoration Services. To register, go to and enter workshop number 12201 or date. Parking is free. The workshop is conveniently located in a central area of Houston. Texas Commission on Law Enforcement credits are available for attendees.

(This project was supported by grant number 2018-YS-BX-0153 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Program, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.)

About Harris County Department of Education: HCDE provides special education, therapy services, early education, adult education and after-school programming. Services are funded by government grants, fees and a local property tax of approximately $9 per homeowner. For every dollar in local property tax collected, HCDE provides $4.40 in services to the 25 Harris County school districts. We operate four campuses for students with profound special education needs and adjudicated or recovering youth who require a low, student-teacher ratio and highly structured environment. One-hundred percent of students served on HCDE campuses are at-risk. We are governed by an elected board of seven trustees and have 1,076 employees and 33 facilities, including 15 Head Start centers. More info at  .

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