The Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative

Bay Area Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program

The Bay Area UASI’s Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) program strengthens and supports prevention practitioners by implementing and replicating grant funded evidence-based solutions that prevent acts of targeted violence and mitigate radicalization and domestic extremism. Our projects and programs support privacy protections, civil rights and civil liberties, and First Amendment protected rights. 


The California Prevention Practitioners Network (CPPN) is a statewide workgroup inspired by the McCain Institute's National Prevention Practitioner's Network.


Prevention & Intervention Practice Guides

Interventions to Prevented Targeted Violence and Terrorism

Legal Considerations for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention

The Targeted Violence Threat Landscape

Behavioral Assessment and Management

Read Ahead: Prevention Through Education


The CPPN quarterly virtual meeting schedule for 2022 - 2023 and registration links are below:

November 16, 2022       10:00am – 11:30am       Virtual   Register

February 15, 2023         10:00am – 11:30am       Virtual   Register

May 17, 2023                10:00am – 11:30am       Virtual   Register

August 16, 2023            10:00am – 11:30am       Virtual   Register

November 15, 2023       10:00am – 11:30am       Virtual   Register



The below training opportunities are free to attend and are funded through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3). Let us know if you would like this training brought on-site to your organization.



The course provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of threat assessment, gain practice of using threat assessment and management procedures through tabletop exercises, and learn how to develop, operate, and sustain a threat assessment program in a community, educational institution, or workplace. Instruction will focus on conducting threat assessments for various diverse targets of violence and terrorism such as schools, faith-based organizations, high rise building, public transit, and large public gatherings.

Delivery Environment: In-person

Course length (No. of Hours/Days): 8 hours/1 day

• Understanding Different Types of Violence
• Major Facts about Targeted Violence
• Data from US Secret Service on targeted violence and FBI research on Active Shooter incidents
• Pathway to Violence and Pre-Attack Behaviors
• Implications for Prevention
• Case Study of Targeted Attack
• Building a Threat Assessment Program
• Steps in the Threat Assessment and Management Process
• Other Things We Can Do to Prevent Violence

Total Number of Courses to be Delivered: 8



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The course is designed for personnel who have previously attended the basic Cross Sector Threat Assessment training course and have experience working threat cases directly, whether as part of a law enforcement agency or as part of threat assessment team in an educational setting, workplace, or community setting. The course is highly interactive and will require participants to demonstrate their ability to teach basic threat assessment training through participant-led exercises. 

Delivery Environment: In-Person

Course length (No. of Hours/Days): 16 hours/2 days

Total Number of Courses to be Delivered: 2



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The course provides an enhanced awareness of how terrorist groups and actors (both Islamist and domestic/racially and ethnically motivated) use the internet and online platforms to disseminate propaganda, recruit, radicalize, plan attacks, and fundraise, and possible mitigation strategies for the technology, law enforcement, civil society, and academic sectors.

Delivery Environment: Virtual

Course length (No. of Hours/Days): 8 hours/2 days (4 hours per day)

Topics Covered:

  • Historical overview of terrorist use of the internet
  • The current threat landscape – strategic and operational use
  • Action and progress to date including tech company progress and initiatives, industry self-regulation and cross building coalitions, public-private partnerships, and regulatory and legislative approaches
  • Mitigation strategies

Total Number of Courses to be Delivered: 4



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The course is designed to allow for scaling of the insights and findings shared in the Terrorist Use of the Internet and How to Mitigate the Threat training course and will provide future trainers with the skills necessary to deliver training on terrorist use of the internet.  In addition to familiarization with the course material, students will be provided training in open-source intelligence research and analysis methods.

Delivery Environment: Virtual

Course length (No. of Hours/Days): 8 hours/2 days (4 hours per day)

Total Number of Courses to be Delivered: 2



Dates                   Time                    Location                    Registration Link
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Threat Landscape

To be able to address targeted violence and terrorism in a focused and proportionate manner, practitioners must first understand the specific nature of the challenge, particularly the dominant ideas, movements and narratives that comprise the domestic threat landscape.  The below resources help to build this awareness of the evolving complex threats we face.

InfoGraphic: Behavioral Approach to Violence Prevention from the U.S. Office of Intelligence and Analysis

2021 Mobilization Indicators Booklet - This resource is provided to inform the public about both threats of violence and contextual behaviors that suggest an individual is mobilizing to violence. The indicators of violent extremist mobilization described in this booklet are observable behaviors that could help to determine whether individuals are preparing to engage in violent extremist activities.

2021 National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin A summary of the Terrorism Threat to the U.S. Homeland.

2021 Public Awareness Bulletin Mitigating the Threat of School Violence as the U.S. “Returns to Normal” from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

2019 United States Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center Report on Mass Attacks in Public Spaces

FAQ Sheet: What are Risk Factors and Indicators? Effective violence prevention mitigates risk factors with protective actions. Certain indicators can alert a bystander to the need for immediate intervention.

Risk and Protective Factors This primer introduces the concept of a strategic prevention framework that can mitigate risk factors and strengthen protective factors that will have cascading positive impacts. 

2021 U.S. Secret Service Report on Averting Targeted School Violence This Analysis on Plots Against Schools provides a roadmap to preventing targeted school violence. 

Incel and Misogynist Violent Extremism This primer provides the background and awareness of the relatively new phenomenon of Incel violence.

The Institute for Strategic Dialog (ISD) The reports published by ISD provide insights on extremism, hate, and disinformation.


Intervention and Prevention

Fact Sheet - Overview of Community Engagement in Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention This fact sheet lists actions that everyone can take to prevent targeted violence and terrorism.

Media Literacy & Critical Thinking Online This document contains tools and resources to help build digital literacy that will reduce the risk of radicalizing to violence.

A Parents and Caregivers Guide to Online Radicalization  Developed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL), this guide provides parents and caregivers with information and resources on how to spot and prevent on-line radicalization.

The Defusing Hatred Program This program offered by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County provides attendees with the skills to communicate when responding to uneasy situations.

A Practical Guide for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Practitioners This guide, developed by the McCain Institute and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), contains an overview of the practical elements of delivering prevention and intervention initiatives that prevent targeted violence.

The National Threat Evaluation and Reporting (NTER) offers a Behavioral Threat Assessment Train-the-Trainer Program. For more information email:

Parents For Peace Parents for Peace supports families, friends, and communities concerned about someone becoming involved with extremism.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) The ADL’s training and education department provides training to K-12 and universities that prevent hate and violence.

FEMA Prevention, Preparedness Resources for Houses of Worship and Faith Based Communities

First Aid Kid for your Mind Developed by Listos California, this resource encourages all of us to take healthy steps now to prevent or reduce harm to our mental health.


Resources for Schools

Safe School Ambassadors Program This Sonoma based student-centered, anti-bullying program is being offered at no cost to Bay Area schools. For more information, e-mail

Directing Change - This student-centered, mental health film creation and film contest program is being offered at no cost to Bay Area schools. For more information, e-mail

CISA offers no cost vulnerability assessments to schools, houses of faith and nonprofit organizations.

Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center created this operational guide that provides actionable steps schools can take to prevent targeted violence at schools.  A condensed overview can also be found on the School Safety page in the Hometown Security section on

San Mateo County’s Student Threat Assessment Team Level One Protocols These protocols, followed by the San Mateo County Office of Education School Threat Assessment Team, are designed to assist in the investigation of potential danger and assist school staff in the development of a management plan.

11 Questions to Assess an Individual of Concern The U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. Secret Service developed this worksheet to provide a list of suggested questions to help guide a threat assessment and help guide the management team when evaluating observed behaviors of concern.

The California Association of School Counselors provides counseling resources to support students, school counselors, school nurses, school psychologists, and school social workers.

U.S. Department of Education’s  “Early Warning, Timely Response – A Guide to Safe Schools” was produced by the National Association of School Psychologists to help “adults reach out to troubled children quickly and effectively” and to ensure schools have a guide for developing comprehensive violence prevention programs.

Briefing Document on Building Peer-to-Peer Engagements Encouraging peer-to-peer conflict resolution helps communities build resilience against terrorism and, in turn, provides critical protective factors for youth.

Mitigating Social Isolation in Youth Information for parents and educators of school-aged children on how to mitigate social isolation. Created by the federal government to provide schools and districts with actionable recommendations to create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can thrive and grow. Provides information from various government agencies on how to prevent and respond to bullying. - Topics for Educators  Educators are often the first to notice mental health problems. Here are some ways to help students and their families. Suicide Prevention Resources


More Grants and Training:

School Safety Grants

California Grants Portal

U.S. DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance Stop School Violence Grant

Department of Homeland Security Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3)

To request a non-classified Community Awareness Briefing for your organization or community, please email CP3 at