Protective intelligence and threat assessment investigations: a guide for state and local law enforcement officials : research report

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DIANE Publishing, 1998 - 59 pages
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Page 61 - NIJ has greatly expanded its initiatives, the result of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (the Crime Act), partnerships with other Federal agencies and private foundations, advances in technology, and a new international focus.
Page 61 - In establishing its research agenda, the Institute is guided by the priorities of the Attorney General and the needs of the criminal justice field. The Institute actively solicits the views of police, courts, and corrections practitioners as well as the private sector to identify the most critical problems and to plan research that can help solve them.
Page 12 - profile" of "the assassin." Fact: Attackers and near-lethal approachers do not fit any one descriptive or demographic "profile" (or even several descriptive or demographic profiles). Much has been written about "profiles" of assassins. But, in reality, there are no accurate descriptive or demographic "profiles" of American assassins, attackers, and near-lethal approachers. American assassins and attackers have been both men and women. They range across ages, educational backgrounds, employment histories,...
Page 4 - States known to have attacked, or approached to attack, a prominent public official or figure since 1949.
Page 13 - ... several of them. Mental Illness Myth 2: Assassination is a product of mental illness or derangement. Fact: Mental illness only rarely plays a role in assassination behaviors. Many believe that attacks on public figures are deranged behaviors, without rational or understandable motives, and, therefore, that perpetrators of these crimes must be mentally ill. In most cases, however, mental illness does not appear to be a primary cause of assassination behavior. Attacks on persons of prominent public...
Page 7 - Service, threat assessment is "the process of gathering and assessing information about persons who may have the interest, motive, intention, and capability of mounting attacks against public officials and...
Page 13 - ... number of preincident decisions, behaviors, and activities. A potential assassin must choose a target, figure out where the target is going to be, decide on and secure a weapon, survey security, develop a plan for attack, and consider whether to escape (and if so, how). While not every public figure attacker and near-attacker engaged in all of these activities and behaviors, most engaged in several of them.
Page 51 - Assaulting or attempting to assault a target. • Does the subject have a history of mental illness involving command hallucinations, delusional ideas, feelings of persecution, etc., with indications that the subject has acted on those beliefs?
Page 49 - The first is that targeted violence is the end result of an understandable, and often discernible, process of thinking and behavior.
Page 16 - In every case, assassination was the end result of an understandable process, involving the attacker's pattern of thoughts, decisions, behaviors, and actions that preceded the attack. Motives: Assassination as a Means toward a Goal Few assassins in the United States, even those whose targets were major political leaders, have had purely "political

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