Civil Defense hosts National Threat Assessment training


The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense hosted a National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) training at the Sheraton Tuesday.

The NTAC is a component of the United States Secret Service.

The training focused on identifying potential threats and individuals who may be exhibiting concerning behaviors, investigating and gathering information on the background and behaviors of concerning students, assessing whether students pose a threat of violence or other harmful behavior, and developing risk management strategies and interventions through interactive case studies.

As part of the training, during the afternoon session, the USSS also provided law enforcement officials and personnel a combination of informative briefings and training on the best practices for investigating today’s most prevalent cybercrimes.

“Targeted violence in our schools is a very real possibility,” said Governor Leon Guerrero. “Today’s training equipped our personnel with the skills necessary to identify what targeted violence involves and what to look out for. One of the goals of this administration is to continue to build a community that is resilient against human-caused threats, much like we are for natural hazards, and it is made possible with trainings like these and stakeholder involvement.”

“Everyone has a role in preventing school violence and creating safe school climates so we were glad to see the involvement of all stakeholders today,” said Tim Aguon, Homeland Security Advisor. “We continue to work together to build a safe school climate culture as well as build on good cyber hygiene for the island.”

Attendees for the training included emergency management officials, first responders, school officials, public/behavioral health specialists, law enforcement, and those involved in risk detection.