Research in Brief: Attacks Against U.S. Federal Government Officials and Facilities, 2001 - 2013 [June 2016]   [open pdf - 478KB]

The following excerpt is from the monthly Research in Brief column offered by the IACP [International Association of Chiefs of Police] Advisory Committee. "This column features evidence-based research summaries that highlight actionable recommendations for Police Chief magazine readers to consider within their own agencies. The goal of the column is to feature research that is innovative, credible, and relevant to a diverse law enforcement audience." From the Column: "The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) recently completed a study exploring 43 attacks directed against U.S. federal government buildings, sites, and officials from 2001 to 2013.1 Incidents included in the study ranged from those in which there was no risk of harm to persons (e.g., explosives detonated outside unoccupied buildings) to those that caused significant harm to individuals or facilities. The study looked in detail at the execution of the incidents and the backgrounds of the offenders. In doing so, NTAC builds on existing best practices in the field of threat assessment by offering considerations for investigations and security practices. NTAC gathered data on each of the incidents and the perpetrators by researching open sources, including court documents, investigative reports and interviews, public records, government reports, personal communications of the offenders and others who knew them, and media reports. To enhance the consistency of the study results, the data were then coded based on standardized definitions."

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The Police Chief Magazine (June 2016)
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