A Preliminary Report on the Police Foundation's Averted School Violence Database
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and Police Foundation, 2019
The Police Foundation, in collaboration with the COPS Office, implemented the Averted School Violence (ASV) database to provide a platform for sharing information about averted incidents of violence in institutions of elementary, secondary, and higher education. The ASV project defines an incident of averted school violence as a violent attack planned with or without the use of a firearm that was prevented before any injury or loss of life occurred. This preliminary report analyzes 51 averted incidents of school violence selected from the ASV database to begin to improve our understanding of averted school attacks. The report includes a case study, data analyses of the 51 selected cases, categorized findings, and recommendations for police officers, law enforcement administrators, and school administrators to improve school safety. The companion report, A Comparison of Averted and Completed School Attacks from the Police Foundation Averted School Violence Database, compares these 51 averted attacks with 51 completed attacks and presents findings on the similarities and differences.