Ideas. Action. Results.

Developing Community-Based Strategies to Prevent Targeted Violence and Mass Casualty Attacks


WHEN: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: FBI Headquarters, J. Edgar Hoover Building, 935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20535

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Over the past several years, a number of local communities in Europe and in the United States have experienced mass casualty attacks targeting people and facilities associated with law enforcement, the media, the military and communities of religious faith. During that same time period, knowledge that can inform the development and implementation of enhanced, community-based prevention efforts has been amassed through investigation, analysis and research into the contributing factors, motives and behaviors of those responsible for such incidents. Research has also focused on identifying best practices and gaps in the way local authorities work with others to prevent these types of incidents.

Summit participants will include senior law enforcement and security officials for the United States and Europe, as well as mental health professionals, educators, and representatives from faith-based organizations. The goal is to provide an opportunity for practitioners from various disciplines and locations to share knowledge and develop concrete programmatic guidance and an educational curriculum that will enhance the capacity of local authorities to better prevent these types of incidents through community-based, multi-disciplinary intervention activities.

The summit is hosted by BPC in partnership with Rutgers University and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice. Discussion will focus on the following areas:

  • From 9/11 to Copenhagen: The Evolving Nature of the Threat of Extremist and Non-Ideological Mass Casualty Violence
  • Defining the Problem/Threat of Targeted Violence and Mass Casualty Attacks: Exploring the Environment, Psychological, and Behavioral Characteristics of those Inspired or Recruited to Carry out Mass Casualty Attacks
  • The Role of Social Media and other Emerging Communication Technologies;
  • After Action Reports of the Brussels, Paris and Copenhagen Incidents
  • Preventing Targeted Violence and Mass Casualty Attacks Through Community-Based, Multi-Disciplinary Intervention Strategies

This is an invitation-only meeting. Only those who have registered will be permitted to enter the FBI Building.


Rob Wainwright
Director, Europol

*Additional speakers to be added.

Our Partners for This Event

Logo: Rutgers Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security
Logo: Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice
Logo: International Association of Chiefs of Police
Logo: IC Centers for Academic Excellence