Francis, Richard
School Threat Assessment
Hours: 4    Start Time: 13:00    End Time: 17:00    
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One of the most important strategies schools can use for violence prevention is an internal threat assessment system that can intervene in the early stages of the pathway to violence. Considering the amount of time students spend in school, and the numerous opportunities available to school employees for personal interaction with students, an internal threat assessment team made up of school employees and other key stakeholders is a viable strategy to preventing targeted violent attacks at school. The successful prevention of an active threat frequently depends on the collective and collaborative engagement of varied community members: law enforcement officials, teachers, mental health care professionals, family members, threat assessment professionals, friends, social workers, school resource officers, and many others.

A shared awareness of the common observable behaviors demonstrated by the active shooters in this study may help to prompt inquiries and focus assessments at every level of contact and every stage of intervention. The primary purpose of a threat assessment is to prevent targeted violence. The threat assessment process is centered upon an analysis of the facts and evidence of behavior in a given situation. The appraisal of risk in a threat assessment focuses on actions, communications, and specific circumstances that might suggest that an individual intends to mount an attack and is engaged in planning or preparing for that event.

In a situation that becomes the focus of a threat assessment inquiry or investigation, appropriate authorities gather information, evaluate facts, and make a determination as to whether a given student poses a threat of violence to a target. If an inquiry indicates that there is a risk of violence in a specific situation, authorities conducting the threat assessment collaborate with others to develop and implement a plan to manage or reduce the threat posed by the student in that situation.

Richard Francis - Bio
Captain Rick Francis started with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office in 2007. He oversees the School Safety Division as the School Safety Director. He is responsible for 66 schools, approximately 68,000 students and 8,000 staff members. He has provided subject matter expertise on school safety and security matters. Captain Francis served in the US Navy as a combat medic for four years, then served in the Army Reserve for two years as a flight medic. He began his law enforcement career with Florida Fish and Wildlife as a marine patrol officer in 2003 before joining the Sheriff's Office. Throughout his time at the Sheriff's Office he has been assigned to patrol, major crimes investigations, was promoted to patrol sergeant, assigned to domestic security, promoted to lieutenant where he served as a watch commander, then headed up our School Safety Division. Captain Francis has also been a member of SWAT since 2002, Honor Guard from 2009-2016 and the High-Risk Incident Commander since 2016. He has served as an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security at Seminole State College since 2012 and Mercy College since 2016. Captain Francis attended the Southern Police Institute Command Officer Development Course in 2014 and sits on the following boards: Crimeline, School Health Advisory Board, Youth Commission, Positive Behavior Pathways Committee, Opioid Task Force and the Domestic Security Task Force. Captain Francis earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice (with Honors) from Andrew Jackson University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Administration (with Honors) from Columbia College. He is a member of the Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society.