Can Better Training on Behavioral Signs Stop Mass Attacks?
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Can Better Training on Behavioral Signs Stop Mass Attacks?

Gov CIO Outlook | Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Can Better Training on Behavioral Signs Stop Mass Attacks?

The angry, divided nature of the society, combined with the fact that social media and other online outlets allow these disaffected, angry people to access and come into contact with a vast amount of data that ultimately serves as the source of motivation for their act of violence, are driving this in large part.

FREMONT, CA: There have been instances around the world where targeted assaults on schools and places of worship have been avoided. They have been avoided in some cases by the efforts of a joint terrorism task force or another law enforcement investigation and prosecution. Still, a growing number of events have been prevented by the actions of mental health professionals, community organizations, and religious leaders.

Over the last few years, the United States has been the subject of various targeted attacks by angry, disgruntled individuals, some motivated by radical agendas or foreign terrorist group ideologies, and others motivated by personal grudges. Over the last few years, the majority of those who have committed acts of violence inspired by extremist agendas have been motivated by white nationalists, anti-government militias, or a mixture of both. The angry, divided nature of the society, combined with the fact that social media and other online outlets allow these disaffected, angry people to access and come into contact with a vast amount of data that ultimately serves as the source of motivation for their act of violence, are driving this in large part.

Top 10 Homeland Security Companies - 2019The DHS's (Department of Homeland Security) Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention focuses on local prevention mechanisms that are rooted in the public health program to violence prevention. These frameworks address social factors that encourage targeted violence and terrorism while providing support to individuals before committing a crime or violence.

Research indicates that these people often display behavioral indicators that are better understood by those closest to them, such as peers, relatives, and friends. Five teams make up the Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention, which promotes local prevention frameworks. Their field operations team's regional prevention coordinators foster trustworthy relationships among the many local stakeholders required to create multidisciplinary teams that serve as the backbone of these local prevention frameworks.

Teams collaborate with colleagues from federal agencies and numerous state and local partners to develop frameworks, oversee the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention grant program, provide prevention education, engage national representatives of prevention stakeholders, and draft comprehensive baseline capabilities that outline the recommended and necessary capabilities. Later this year, the office will begin a nationwide public awareness campaign to provide useful guidance about engaging in local prevention efforts.

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