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Advanced Digital Threat Assessment


• Full-day virtual training session
• *Prerequisite: SST Digital Threat Assessment® (within the past two years)
The DCJS Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety in conjunction with Safer Schools Together is pleased to announce the following training opportunity to help behavioral threat assessment team members better recognize and respond to today’s challenges from worrisome digital content contained on varied social media platforms. The training will be held virtually and attendance is limited to 100 attendees who meet the prerequisite requirement (see above).


Advanced Digital Threat Assessment® (DTA) builds and expands significantly on the content covered during the prerequisite DTA training. Participants will gain concrete understanding of how to select relevant digital information found in real-life School Safety / Threat Assessment (SS/TA) data gathering scenarios. Working collaboratively through case scenarios based on real-life situations, teams navigate the social media world using both familiar and new techniques. Trainers will share standard operating procedures as participants work towards a final practice assignment by applying tools and lessons learned. Participants will leave feeling confident in their ability to independently establish the Digital Behavioral Baseline of a subject of concern (SOC) and produce a comprehensive report.


Utilizing the power of search engines and all investigative tools
  • Advanced Boolean search operators
  • The utility of Firefox and Chrome browser add-ons
  •  Keyword geocoding
  • Ways to identify falsified images
Deeper online research
  • Username research
  • Training your brain to see past the noise and overwhelming amount of social media content, and focusing on relevant findings
  • Effectively establishing a school, individual, and community Digital Behavioral Baseline
  • Starting an online search to find as much relevant content as possible in a timely manner before it disappears (e.g., a bomb threat, school lockdown, cyberbullying)
Youth investigations
  • Using social media to find a missing person
  • Mitigating online threat-related behaviors and anonymous threats
  • Information for Law Enforcement regarding preservation and production orders
Smartphone data and preservation landscape
  • Examining image metadata
  • Best practices for the preservation of evidence/crucial data
  • Securing a device
  • Reverse phone number/email searching
  • Tracking capabilities and data stored
Social media research techniques overview
  • Geolocation specific searching – geofencing and place based social media result finding
  • Using third party websites to find detailed user data
  • Setting up your own dashboards: automating searches to save time
  • Digital trends
  • The less well-known platforms: Gab, 4chan, 8kun, and kiwi farms
Case scenarios
  • Current best practices for teams dealing with sexting and sextortion related incidents, as well as guidelines around education and awareness
  • Identification of self-harm in the remote learning environment

Who should attend?

This training is being offered to behavioral threat assessment team members at the school or division level. This includes School Resource Officers, Law Enforcement Officers and School Security Officers who currently serve on threat assessment teams.

Partial In-Service Credit

Law enforcement and campus security officers will receive partial in-service credit hours for this training.



There is no cost to the participant to attend this course. 


Training Details

● The training will be hosted via Zoom
● Participants will receive the Zoom meeting link prior to the training


● Please note that the DCJS registration system does not have the capacity to sort eligible from ineligible registrants. Therefore, anyone who registers will receive a confirmation. It is the responsibility of the DCJS assigned course director to review the roster and make a final determination on acceptance into the course. Registrants not accepted will be notified via the email address provided during registration.