The Threat Hub Origins and Concept
The Threat Hub grew out of a federal grant program under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security's Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3). CP3 helps communities prevent targeted violence and terrorism through funding, training, increasing public awareness, and developing partnerships across every level of the government, the private sector, and in local communities across the country.
In 2020, DHS awarded a grant to fund the Southwestern PA Regional Threat Assessment Hub as a means to achieve the CP3 goals in our area. The DHS grant was awarded to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to be administered through the University of Pittsburgh and executed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
The Threat Hub concept involves four primary goals:
Develop a multi-disciplinary, regional partnership in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland counties to link existing threat assessment and violence prevention activities;
Formalize information sharing protocols among willing participants;
Enlist subject matter experts to train and consult on active threat cases; and
Institutionalize a framework for ad-hoc or standing meetings among stakeholders to rapidly assess and mitigate threats.
The Threat Hub was recently highlighted in the August 2023 edition of Pittsburgh Parent magazine in an article entitled "School Shootings: How Can We Keep Children Safe?"
The Threat Hub is seeking partners across multiple domains such as K-12 schools, health care, higher education, law enforcement, criminal justice agencies, houses of worship, and private industry to collaborate on threat reduction using evidence-based methods. We encourage you to download our flyer and our "Structure and Operation" guidelines document.
If you are ready to engage, please use the form below and we will connect as soon as possible.
Threat Hub participation agreement
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