PRSD staff engage in Threat Assessment Training - Superintendent Message

PRSD staff engage in Threat Assessment Training - Superintendent Message

The safety and well-being of our students and staff is always our number one priority and we continually review our procedures to ensure our staff have the tools and training to support student and staff safety and well-being.

A part of keeping our students safe includes early detection of possible threats, and having clear guidelines in place to deal with potential threats to student safety.

On February 28 and March 1, 2017, approximately 80 Peace River School Division staff, along with representatives from community agencies such as Mental Health and the RCMP joined for two-day specialized Threat Assessment training. The training was provided by Kevin Cameron from the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response.

The primary purpose of the training is to join PRSD school staff, management staff, police officers and mental health workers together to teach and provide understanding around the characteristics and behaviours of high risk individuals, and the steps and interventions to take to keep our school communities safe.

Our schools are now working to develop Community Threat Assessment Teams comprised of PRSD staff and community agencies that would intervene when worrisome or high risk behaviours or threats have been identified.

Thank you for your support in safe and caring practices in the division and working together to ensure students are provided with safe and caring places to grow and learn.

Paul Bennett, Superintendent of Schools