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Georgia College holds threat-assessment seminar

On Monday, Georgia College held the first part of a two-day threat-assessment seminar for educators and higher-education employees.

Milledgeville, Ga. — On Monday, Georgia College held the first part of a two-day threat-assessment seminar for educators and higher-education employees.

The course was held at Georgia College and was presented by a nationally recognized psychologist, threat assessment manager and retired police officer, Dr. Gene Deisinger.

Dr. Deisinger covered topics from the nature and prevalence of workplace and campus violence to key components of effective threat assessment and management approaches.

This seminar was scheduled prior to the shooting in Parkland, Florida but officials at Georgia College are wanting to prepare for any situation.

“We have become very aware of incidents of extreme violence on campuses across the country,” said Don Challis, chief of police and director of public safety at Georgia College in a press release.

Challis has first hand experience in an active shooter situation. As a young officer, Challis was one of the first responders to a 1991 active-shooter incident at the University of Iowa.

“The process of threat assessment may be our best tool to reduce these incidents. All threats should be taken seriously,” said Challis in a statement.

While the seminar is geared towards educators, Challis says identifying a threat is a community’s responsibility.

“The threat assessment process really involves the community,” says Challis. “It’s not just law enforcement. It’s educators, Human Resources and counselors.”

The training course will help educators and police identify behaviors that signal possible threats.

Participants will also learn ways to diminish a threat.

Day two will provide case studies and interactive discussion of issues related to the practice and operation of threat assessment and management.

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