By Nick Sestanovich
This year, the Vacaville Unified School District launched a new threat assessment protocol, incorporating a team of professionals who collaborate to evaluate, intervene and provide support for students. This team includes police, mental health professionals trained by the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, and school administrators.
The team, according to a press release from the district, assesses incidents from different perspectives to give VUSD a more comprehensive assessment and plan of action.
The Vacaville Police Department brought Standard Response Protocols to VUSD in 2014 as part of a shared action plan for emergency response. Since then, the partnership has only grown. Last summer, six VPD officers and six district administrators attended a National Association of School Resource Officers conference, which resulted in the new threat assessment protocol as well as an invigorated tip line system.