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U.S. Attorney Dena J. King Co-Hosts U.S. Secret Service Seminar In Asheville On Enhancing School Safety

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – U.S. Attorney Dena J. King co-hosted a seminar today in Asheville with the United States Secret Service on enhancing school safety.

Presented by experts with the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC), the seminar provided law enforcement, community members, mental health professionals, social workers, educators, school administrators and staff from various school districts and counties throughout Western North Carolina with information and key findings related to school threat incidents, risk management and assessment training, tools on how to identify potential threat indicators, and early intervention techniques aimed at increasing school safety.

Speaking at today’s event, U.S. Attorney King said, “Keeping children safe in schools is paramount. Each of us in this room understands that it takes a village not only to raise a child, but to keep a child safe. Today’s seminar is an example of our combined efforts to increase school safety by sharing important research and information on how to identify, respond and prevent threatening incidents in schools, so our students can stay safe, learn, and be their best.”

For over 20 years, the Secret Service’s NTAC has been conducting research, training, consultation, and information sharing on threat assessment and targeted violence prevention by collecting and analyzing data of incidents directed at government agencies and officials, workplaces, schools, colleges, universities, and other public spaces. The research-based approach to studying the behaviors associated with acts of violence supports the agency’s mission to protect communities and increase public safety. To learn more about Secret Service’s NTAC, click here.


Updated January 25, 2023

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