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U.S. Secret Service Conducts School Violence Prevention Seminars in Brandon and Biloxi

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Jackson, Miss. – United States Attorney Todd Gee announced today that his office joined the U.S. Secret Service, the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the Mississippi Department of Education, the Brandon Police Dept., the Biloxi Police Dept., and law enforcement and education professionals from across the state for School Violence Prevention seminars this week at the Brandon Civic Center in Brandon, and the Biloxi Civic Center in Biloxi. 

For over 20 years, the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) has conducted research on the thinking and behaviors of those who commit acts of targeted school violence in an effort to prevent future tragedies. These seminars highlighted past incidents as well as relevant findings and recommendations from NTAC’s latest research on targeted school violence and interrupted school plots in the United States. It also focused on how communities can use a multidisciplinary approach to identify, assess, and intervene with students exhibiting concerning or threatening behaviors as early as possible. This event was attended by law enforcement, school personnel, and other public safety professionals throughout the state of Mississippi.

“School shootings are a tragedy that can be prevented in some situations with good training on how to recognize and resolve potential threats,” said U.S. Attorney Todd Gee. “The U.S. Secret Service has substantial experience assessing and preventing violence, and we were glad to work with our federal, state, and local partners to make this training available in Mississippi.”

“The U.S. Secret Service and National Threat Assessment Center endeavors to ensure its findings proactively address the areas where we all should feel safe, such as where we work, where we learn, and where we worship,” said Special Agent in Charge Patrick Davis of the U.S. Secret Service Birmingham Field Office.

“The U.S. Secret Service and National Threat Assessment Center have cultivated powerful partnerships across our state, and this is never more important than when we are responding to events of targeted violence,” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch. “It was an honor to join these great partners today as we continue to work towards a safer Mississippi.”

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Updated June 5, 2024

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