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School board and community partners introduce new Community Threat Assessment Protocol

The school board and community partners are committed to creating safe school environments for students, staff, volunteers and visitors. During recent months, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and 29 community partners have collaborated to establish a Community Threat Assessment Protocol (CTAP).

The CTAP is a written document that outlines the process for the school board and community agencies to collaboratively respond to the highest of high risk behaviours in children and youth, those who present significant risk to self and/or others.

Components of the CTAP include the following:
• Assessing violence potential
• Approaches to risk/threat assessment
• Activation of the HPEDSB/Community Threat Assessment Team
• Process for sharing information

MEDIA ADVISORY – OFFICIAL SIGNING OF THE COMMUNITY THREAT ASSESSMENT PROTOCOL The school board and community agencies will take part in an official signing ceremony as noted below. As well, renowned traumatic stress expert, Kevin Cameron*, who was instrumental in the creation of the document, will be available to meet with reporters prior to the signing ceremony.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2009
8:30 a.m. – interviews Kevin Cameron, Traumatic Stress Expert 9:00 a.m. – official signing of the Community Threat Assessment Protocol
Location: Greek Hall, 6550 Harder Drive, Belleville

*J. Kevin Cameron, M.Sc., R.S.W., is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. In concert with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Behavioural Sciences Unit, he developed Canada’s first comprehensive, multidisciplinary threat assessment training program and currently serves on the Canadian Threat Assessment Training Board. He also trains crisis response teams nationally and internationally and consults with schools and communities impacted by trauma.

Agencies and organizations involved in the Community Threat Assessment Protocol
Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
Belleville Police Service
Belleville Fire Department
Belleville Youth Justice Diversions Committee
Children’s Mental Health Services
City of Belleville
Community Oriented Sentencing Program
Counselling Services of Belleville and District
First Nations Technical Institute
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
Hastings Children’s Aid Society
Limestone District School Board
Ministry of Child and Youth Services – Youth Justice Services Division
North Hastings Community Integration
Ontario Provincial Police – Central Hastings Detachment
Ontario Provincial Police – Napanee Detachment
Ontario Provincial Police – North Hastings Detachment
Ontario Provincial Police – Prince Edward County Detachment
Ontario Provincial Police – Quinte West Detachment
Prince Edward Corrections Advisory Board
Prince Edward County Children’s Aid Society
Prince Edward County Fire Department
Quinte Health Care – Mental Health Services
Quinte United Immigration Services
Quinte West Fire Department
The Arson Protection Program for Children (TAPP-C)
Trent Community Correctional Committee
Trenton Military Family Resource Centre
Trenton Military Police
Youth Habilitation Quinte

Posted April 20, 2009

For more information, please contact: • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354