California educators and school staff play a vital role in creating safe and secure learning environments for students in California. There are several resources available for California schools to help prevent targeted school violence. These resources include:

  • This website provides a variety of resources to help schools prevent targeted violence including an operational guide for preventing targeted school violence, resources designed in partnership with the California Association of School Counselors, the U.S. Department of Education’s “Early Warning, Timely Response – A Guide to Safe Schools,” the School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP), Project Cal-STOP, Comprehensive School Safety Plans, and the Safe & Supportive Schools initiative.
  • Violence Prevention Information: The California Department of Education provides information concerning violence prevention, safe storage of firearms, and school safety planning. It also offers resources for schools to use for violence prevention and supporting their school communities.
  • Project Cal-STOP: Project Cal-STOP is a violence prevention and mental health training program for students and staff in California schools. To help schools create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive school climate, Project Cal-STOP offers trainings and resources at no cost to schools and districts.
  • Safe & Supportive Schools: The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education provides schools, school districts, and state education agencies with resources aimed at creating and nurturing positive school climates, preventing school violence, and protecting the whole school community through school safety, security, and emergency management and preparedness planning.
  • School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP): This program provides funding to improve school security by providing training and technical assistance to schools and law enforcement agencies. It also offers resources to identify students of concern, assess their risk for engaging in violence, and identify intervention strategies to mitigate that risk.
  • Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence: This guide provides basic instructions for schools on creating a targeted violence prevention plan, the focus of which is to decrease the risk of students engaging in harm to themselves or the school community.
Public Safety Officials and First Responders

Public safety officials and first responders play a pivotal role in preventing and addressing targeted violence incidents in California and are often the first on scene responders in the event of an act of targeted violence. Hence the need for resources to help them provide a swift and effective response which can make a crucial difference in minimizing harm and saving lives. Some of these resources include:

  • Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies (Third Edition): This guide provides information to aid law enforcement agencies in developing and operating an intelligence function that is efficient, effective, and lawful. The third edition also includes discussions and analysis of targeted violence, such as school shootings, right-wing extremism, drug trafficking, gangs, and various types of criminal enterprises.
  • The Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) Behavioral Threat Assessment Center (BTAC): is the primary national resource for TATM matters related to FBI-led terrorism investigations. BTAC conducts training and research and provides behavior-based investigative and operational support—such as case consultations—to law enforcement, including to those personnel serving on TATM teams working on terrorism and targeted violence. BTAC’s services can be requested by law enforcement through your local BAU Threat Management Coordinator.
  • National Counter Terrorism Center, First Responders Toolbox: First Responder Toolbox is an ad hoc, Unclassified//For Official Use Only, reference aid intended to promote counterterrorism coordination among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government authorities, and partnerships with private sector officials in deterring, preventing, disrupting, and responding to terrorist attacks.
  • IACP, Targeted Violence/Active Threat Resource: IACP hosts a resource page designed to bring together in one place some of the best thinking, most important lessons, and most helpful resources for police leaders, their officers, and communities.
  • FBI, Active Shooter Safety Resources: This page offers valuable information and resources on how individuals can stay safe during active shooter incidents. It also provides access to educational materials, videos, and training programs to promote awareness and preparedness in the face of this critical public safety concern.
- Nonprofit and Faith-Based Organizations

Protecting non-profit organizations and faith-based organizations from targeted violence is crucial. These organizations serve as pillars of support, fostering social cohesion and addressing community needs. There are available resources aimed at protecting and enhancing these types of organizations. These resources include: