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The Importance of a Threat Assessment

According to the Department of Justice and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) article NCJ 210680, “the capacity to assess and manage risk is imperative” and “the consequences of failing to assess and manage terrorist threats and risk could be incalculable.”

Assessing risk is a relatively new procedure and such competency is being develop by both local, county and regional law enforcement agencies. As a new procedure, there are a wide variety of terminology, practices and procedures in developing a threat assessment and response procedure.  The essential components of a typical threat assessment include:
  • Critical infrastructure and key asset inventory
  • Criticality assessment
  • Threat assessment
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Risk calculation
  • Countermeasure identification
During a threat assessment, careful and comprehensive research is conducted not only by law enforcement but also by key stakeholders who have a unique understanding of their environment and type of industry segment. According to the Department of Justice, law enforcement agents must consider the following factors when assessing the vulnerability of the potential targets such as:
“Location: Geographic location of potential targets or facilities, and routes of ingress and egress; location of facility or target relative to public areas, transportation routes, or easily breached areas.

Accessibility: How accessible a facility or other target is to the adversary (i.e., disruptive, terrorist, or subversive elements); how easy is it for someone to enter, operate, collect information, and evade response forces?

Adequacy: Adequacy of storage facilities, protection, and denial of access to valuable or sensitive assets such as hazardous materials, weapons, vehicles or heavy equipment, and explosives or other materials that some person or organization could use deliberately or in an opportunistic manner to cause harm.

Availability: Availability of equipment, adequacy of response forces and of general physical security measures.”

When assessing the availability of response during a threat assessment, BluePoint Alert Solutions plays a critical role in ensuring immediate notification to local law enforcement and first responders of an on-site incident. BluePoint’s integrated solution not only includes automatic and building wide audible notification and strobe light notifications for person’s with disabilities but also a Command & Control, cloud-based system designed to provide first responders the situational awareness needed for an informed response.  The solution includes real-time, two-way communication between the Emergency Management Group (Incident Command Group) and building occupants,  quick access to surveillance cameras from any web enabled device, and an overall layout of the building with indication of where the situation started. Just like fire pull stations are available throughout the building, BluePoint’s easy to access blue pull stations notify police.  Additional pull stations are designated green for notifying medical first responders and a new, yellow pull station notifies HazMat responders.

BluePoint Alert encourages local businesses, schools, hospitals and organizations to work with their local law enforcement officers to conduct and develop a threat assessment.  A comprehensive system will help ensure the most effective policies, practices, and notification systems are in place to rapidly notify police in case of an emergency.

To learn more about BluePoint Rapid Emergency Response System is available now from BluePoint and its Certified Partner network click to visit: www.bluepointalert.com.

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