Threat Assessment Support Team

Behavioral threat assessment is a multidisciplinary, fact-based, systematic process designed to identify, assess, and manage potentially dangerous or violent situations. The purpose of the TAST team is to identify, evaluate, and address potential threats to help schools distinguish between incidents where a student made a threat that is not actually legitimate (with no intent to harm) and other incidents in which the student does pose an actual threat of targeted violence. In all cases, the goal is to pair the student with proper school and community-based intervention and supports. 

The goal of behavioral threat assessment is to intervene and divert an individual who may be on the pathway to targeted violence against the school, an individual, or a group of individuals. Threat assessment is a model of prevention pioneered by the United States Secret Service in an attempt to prevent attacks on the president of the United States.

Spencerport Structure:

In an effort to promote the safety of all of our students and staff, the Spencerport Central School District has formed a dedicated Threat Assessment/Support Team. Each school building has a trained Threat Assessment and Support Team that meets regularly to assess, monitor, and support students, staff, or community members when potential threats to school and community safety arise. Each of these school building teams report to a district level team and works in close collaboration with the district security personnel, local law enforcement, and other first responders.  

Co-Chair, Jonathan Saltzberg, Executive Director of Operations
Co-Chair, Tim O'Connor, Director of Student Services

District level team membership typically consists of administrators, security, counselors, social workers, and teachers. 

Building level team membership typically consists of building principals, security, counselors, social workers, and teachers.  

First responders participate in threat assessment meetings when the substance of the threat warrants a greater level of response.