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FBI, University Police Team Up to Host School Violence Training in Montana

FBI, University Police Team Up to Host School Violence Training in Montana
Nearly 200 School Administrators and Law Enforcement Personnel Attend Training Sessions

02/07/13

When special agents assigned to FBI offices in Billings and Bozeman, Montana contacted government agencies to gauge interest in training to help detect threats of school violence, they quickly determined there was widespread desire for the latest information. So—with assistance from the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit 2 (BAU-2) in Quantico, Virginia and the Montana State University Police Department—the FBI Salt Lake City Division, which covers Utah, Montana, and Idaho, organized two one-day training courses in Billings and Bozeman.

In all, nearly 200 law enforcement personnel and school administrators from Montana attended the courses, which were held in January. The training, called Assessing and Managing Threats of School Violence, was taught by Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Molly Amman, one of the FBI’s top experts on crisis management and critical incident preparedness. SSA Amman is a member of the FBI’s BAU-2 at the Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime which, among other responsibilities, assists in identifying, assessing, and responding to threats at schools. Both sessions in Montana were intended to help participants identify and deal with behaviors that may be of concern, while also teaching the difference between people who make threats and those who actually pose a threat to our schools.

Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Bryan VanDeun, who oversees FBI operations in Billings, called both sessions a success. “Collaboration and information sharing is critical to keeping our communities safe,” he said, “and here in Montana, the FBI is grateful for the response we had to this training from our law enforcement partners and school administrators. Participants told us the training was invaluable, but we know it would not have been the success it was without the assistance we received from the Montana State University Police Department to help organize the event, and the expertise of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia.”