Century Station starts unique school resource and threat assessment team

Rising to the challenge: Century Sheriff''s Station starts unique school resource and threat assessment team, aimed at reducing school violence and threats

Rising to the challenge: Century Sheriff's Station starts unique school resource and threat assessment team, aimed at reducing school violence and threats

In order to meet the challenges of the rise of school violence, Century Station has dedicated resources to the establishment of a School Threat Assessment & Resources (STAR) team pilot program. Over the past two decades, a handful of notable incidents that have come to define school shootings have spread fear across the country. This rising epidemic of youth related violence has forever changed the culture of students, parents and instructors. Unfortunately, with the recent active shooter related incidents, which are posted daily on social media or made by telephone, they often disrupt the learning environment, even when it is determined there is no validity to the threat. The STAR team’s mission is to stem the tide of school related threats of violence through education and training.

One of the hallmarks of great leadership is identifying a problem and finding creative ways to potentially mitigate the problem. Century Station has done just that! The team was started in February 2018, after the Parkland Florida school shooting when Captain, Kerry Carter, Unit Commander of Century Station recognized the rise in area school incidents and concern for the community. The primary team consists of one Sergeant, and three school resource deputies. Additional support comes from station detectives, Probation Department, and Mental Health professionals. Team members have received extensive training and are well versed at speaking to a variety of audiences in an effort to inform the community about recognizing threats that could potentially lead into larger incidents. Each organization plays a vital role but collaboratively, they work together to service school districts in their jurisdictional areas of Lynwood, Compton, Los Angeles and charter schools about violence and threats to include online incidents. Additionally, the cadre conduct regular school safety training for station personnel and assist other stations conduct similar training. This is quite the task but Century Station has already seen successes with their multiple prong safety approach. In the month of June two separate school threat incidents resulted in arrests. Undoubtedly a unique blend of community policing and epitomizes the spirit of community collaboration, Century Station is hopeful and is better prepared to handle incidents of this nature.

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