Violent events in schools are often predicted in advance by students threatening before carrying out acts of violence.
To react quickly and in an organized way to that threat is behind the Regina Human Services Partnership Community Threat and Assessment Protocolsigned April 10 by representatives of the partnership. The Protocol is called a collaborative response to student threat-making behaviours. Regina Public and Catholic School Divisions, Regina Police Service, Ministry of Social Services, Qu’Appelle Health Region Child and Youth Services, Ministry of Justice, Corrections and Policing, Regina Open Door Society, Regina Fire and Protective Services and City of Regina Community Services make up the current partnership but more could be added when training is competed.
Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said the Protocol is important because it formalizes a partnership that already exists. “It ensures that we have a protocol in place and we know what to do when an emergency arises. We need to be sure to react quickly and we need to make sure that we can identify the proper partner at the table to provide the information we need to resolve that situation and imminent threat to the community.” The Protocol recognises that often the individual threatening the violence is troubled.
Bray said the Protocol would also provide wraparound support to ensure that maybe the individual who caused the threat is supported to get healthy again. “We would see if there is something we can do in community health and safety to provide overall wellness for that individual and the individual’s family.”
Superintendent of Education Services – Facilities for the Catholic School Division, Rodd Hoffart, said quick action is the key to the Protocol, “It is to give signed members of the partnership access to critical information on the potential threat in the most immediate fashion.”