Premiere training to equip Patrol Officers to be able to spot (and stop) the next school shooter when interacting with school aged students or investigating threats.

At least 75% of all school shooters give off indicators of danger. Receive the skills and materials to be able to spot, assess, and stop these shooters before they can attack.

Every patrol officer must attend this class!


Because of the sensitive nature of the material, this course is only for active duty law enforcement officers and select approved individuals.

Find a training near you!

1 Day (8 hours)

Credit Hours

7 Credit Hours

who should attend
Patrol Officers
Police supervisors
Law enforcement officers

Register 3 or more participants and receive the same number of free seats!

why attend

how to spot the school shooter

You can't stop a threat if you don't understand the threat!

School shooters are not attacking schools because of violent video games, easy access to guns, medication, or because they're loners, been bullied, or have suffered personal trauma.

It's just not true.

What is true about school shooters, and we've studied over 80 years of mass murderers in our schools, is that...

  • 100% take at least three months to plan and prepare.
  • 75% give off a public indicator before they attack.
  • 90% walk in through an open door (80% through the front door)!
  • 10% fight their way into the school.
  • 75% attack prior to 9:30 in the morning.
  • 7% target the officer in the school first.
  • 70% are known to the school.
  • 100% recon the school at least once prior to the attack.
  • 100% attack to meet a need.
  • 100% commit an act of targeted violence (not random violence)!
  • 100% fail to fire all their rounds before the attack ends.
  • At least 3 have visited Columbine prior to their attack.
  • At least 75 have referenced Columbine in their notes.
  • At least 7 have murdered family members prior to their attack.
  • Every school shooter, anywhere in the entire world, has traveled down the exact same Path to Violence and progressed through the exact same 4 Stages.
  • And so much more

It's critical for police officers that you really understand how to spot the school shooter or you'll waste your time with kids who are not a threat and miss the ones who really are a threat.

Police officers who attend this 1 day, fast paced training will learn the following:
  • How to spot those on the Path to Violence.
  • Identify what stage a student is on The Path to Violence.
  • Quickly assess a person's current risk level with easy to utilize worksheets.
  • Distinguish normal from threatening behaviors in young people.
  • Assess (read) student behaviors and determine their true risk level...if any.
  • Identify behaviors that indicate the attack is imminent.
  • Effective techniques to mitigate and control a dangerous student.
  • Helpful steps to guide your school community to respond appropriately.
  • Protect your school and yourself against civil liability.
  • And so much more

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What's Included

Worksheets & Procedures

You'll receive worksheets and procedures to assist you in assessing the threat, making a 'snapshot' assessment, determining the current risk level, leading interviews, conducting searches, protecting yourself against civil liability, and so much more.

Participants receive electronic copies and permission to print worksheets.

Continued Support

If you find yourself working with a dangerous student, reach out to us and we'll help you as much as you need. Use us to problem-solve, confirm your findings, or to create intervention plans.


Topics & Outline

Course consists of instruction and practical application
  • Commonalities in school attacks and what every school attacker has in common
  • Distinguishing non-threatening behavior from threatening behavior
  • Common danger signs that warn of an impending attack
  • Reading (assessing) student behaviors and determining their true risk level
  • How to spot those on the Path to Violence
  • Making a 'snapshot' assessment and other immediate life saving actions
  • Psychology, mindset, and aftermath of murder as well as why kids attack schools
  • Dispelling the myths that hold our schools back from preventing violence
  • Quickly assess a person's current risk level with easy to utilize worksheets
  • The global response to school attacks & examples from other countries
  • Responding to parents, the media, and other members of the community
  • Protecting yourself and your police department from legal and civil liability
  • Conclusion, Certificates, and Credit Hours

Registration Fee

Have any questions? Call 540-577-7200

$250 per person*

* Price drops signficantly for departments that send at least 3. See Discount Pricing Tab for details.

Fee includes the following:

7 hours of instruction.
Course materials with printing rights.
Master Threat Assessment Worksheet.
Continued support from Don Shomette.
Certificate and credit hours (as permitted by your state).

Register 3 or more and receive the same number in free seats!

Police departments that register and pay for 3 or more participants, will receive the same number in free seats.

For example, if you register 6 you get 6 free seats to the trainings! In this particular example, the fee  would then become $125 per person!

$5,875 for up to 100 participants!

Host the event at your local Police Department, training facility, or police academy and invite up to 100 participants to attend.

This fee includes expenses, materials, and reprint rights.

Host an event and receive 2 free seats!

Hosting a class is super easy! All you have to do is to provide a classroom and help advertise via your networks.

We'll do the rest. We create the flyer, registration page, process registrations, and handle all payments.

There's no fee to host an event.
Minimum class size is 15 and max is whatever the room can comfortably hold.
Call 540-577-7200 or email to get the ball rolling!

Additional Questions?

Please call 540-577-7200 or email and let us know how we can help!

Quick Tips

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