United States Secret Service Safe School Initiative - As part of its mission to provide leadership and guidance in the prevention of instances of targeted violence, the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) initiated a data-based research project to examine the incidents of school-based attacks.  Since September 1999 NTAC staff have been conducting the Safe School Initiative, an operational study of 37 U.S. school shootings involving 41 perpetrators, that have occurred over the past 25 years.  Using methodology similar to that employed in the Exceptional Case Study Project, NTAC researchers are examining school shootings, starting from the incident and working backward to development of the original idea.  Through this incident-focused, behavior-based analysis , NTAC researchers hope to increase understanding of the patterns of communication, planning and preparation that precede these attacks.  The goal of the Safe School Initiative is to provide accurate and useful information to school administrators, educators, law enforcement professionals and others who have protective and safety responsibilities in schools, to help prevent incidents of school-based targeted violence.  To download reports and for more information: visit the web site at http://www.treas.gov/usss/ntac.htm .  U.S. Secret Service, Office of Government Liaison & Public Affairs, 950 H Street, N.W., Suite 8400, Washington, DC 2000.  Telephone 1 202.406.5708; E-mail Public Affairs  http://www.treas.gov/usss/contact_usss.htm

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