How to assess threats
What will you learn from our training?
1. How to make systematic observations.
Threat Assessment first requires you to learn systematic observation techniques and the assessment of a behavioral baseline.
The behavioral baseline is a minimum or starting point constructed of consistent behaviors from which other behaviors are compared. This baseline should be culturally neutral and non-biased. Baselining is necessary because behavior can vary dramatically based on location and cultural context. As part of this process, you will learn to efficiently and effectively develop a baseline in your operational context.
2. How to recognize deviations.
Your ability to identify threat is based on the identification of deviations from the baseline.
A deviation is a behavior that is inconsistent with the baseline. It is an indicator that a subject requires further observation and assessment. You will learn to use the baselining process as a filter to separate persons-of-interest (POI) from the larger population.
3. How to identify a person of interest.
You will learn to DETERMINE IF AN INDIVIDUAL IS A POI THROUGH SIMULTANEOUS ASSESSMENTS OF DEVIATIONS, ROLES, AND OBJECTIVES.
A person of interest is acting suspiciously, and based on your mission, may require approach or interdiction. Who meets the threshold of a person or persons of interest may vary based on your specific mission. After the identification of a POI, further observation is necessary to determine the extent this person is a threat to your and others.
4. How to assess threat indicators.
You will learn to assess threat indicators of your person of interest.
A threat indicator is a verbal or visual behavior that implies an individual is being deceptive, threatening, trying to hide in plain sight, or carrying contraband or weapons. Clusters are combinations of threat indicators help us to prioritize targets based on the possession of weapons and their threat level. You will learn approximately 100 threat indicators across 8 categories.
5. How to plan & conduct an interdiction.
Your execution of A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE INTERDICTION REQUIRES AN ASSESSMENT OF THREAT.
Observation and assessment of threat must be incorporated into any interdiction. At SSTS, we believe an interdiction is a standardized sequence of events which we have incorporated into the Universal Interdiction Framework (UIF). Through our offerings, you will learn behavioral observation and the execution of an effective interdiction. An effective interdiction includes keeping officers and civilians safe while guaranteeing the protection of civil rights and civil liberties.