Speaking Opportunities

Preventing Targeted School Violence

The Laramie Police Foundation and the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) will bring important information to Laramie and the surrounding communities. All are welcome to attend!

Join us November 8, 2022

Presentation Details


Tuesday, November 8, 2022


Morning Presentation: 8:00-11:00 AM
Afternoon Presentation: 12:30-3:30 PM


Laramie High School Auditorium
1710 Boulder Dr, Laramie, WY 82070

The presentation, sponsored by the Laramie Police Department Foundation, is intended for educators, law enforcement, other public safety professionals, mental health professionals, social workers, counselors, health care professionals, etc.

There is no cost to attend the event and all associated materials will be provided at no cost to the attendees.

The Presentation

About NTAC

The National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) was established as a component of the Secret Service in 1998 to provide research and guidance in direct support of the Secret Service protective mission, and to others with public safety responsibilities. Our presentation will present the latest NTAC research findings and strategies for preventing school related attacks.

The presentation will highlight relevant case examples and includes findings and recommendations from NTAC’s latest research publications on targeted school attacks and averted school attack plots in the United States. It will also focus on how communities can use an 8-step multidisciplinary approach to identify, assess, and intervene with students exhibiting concerning or threatening behaviors. This model is intended to proactively identify students in need of additional intervention or support.

Key findings from this research indicate that establishing multidisciplinary threat assessment teams and encouraging school communities to report concerning behaviors are critical steps in the prevention of targeted violence. The reports examined school attacker and plotter behaviors and motivations, and are intended to inform the violence prevention efforts of our public safety partners.

The Secret Service will provide each attendee a printed copy of NTAC’s latest publication on averted school attack plots, which will be available upon their arrival in the lobby of the University of Wyoming Conference Center. All publications are also available digitally on the Secret Service website, at www.secretservice.gov/protection/ntac.

Our Speaker

Dr. Aaron Cotkin

Dr. Cotkin is a Social Science Research Specialist with the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) where he participates in the Center’s mission to conduct research and provide trainings, consultations, and information-sharing on threat assessments and targeted violence. NTAC’s focus is understanding and developing methods to prevent violence that targets government officials and facilities, public spaces, K-12 schools, university campuses, and workplaces.

Prior to joining NTAC in 2019, Dr. Cotkin taught college courses in political science and ethics, and was managing editor of The Adam Smith Review, a peer-reviewed academic journal. Dr. Cotkin earned a Ph.D. in political science from University of California, San Diego.

Our Speaker

Kristy Domingues

Kristy Domingues brings a diverse set of experiences integral to threat assessment in her role as a Social Science Research Specialist with the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC). In her current position, Ms. Domingues conducts research and training in the field of targeted violence and threat assessment. Ms. Domingues also provides operational support and coordination to NTAC’s Consultation Program, by providing feedback on threat assessment programs, policies, and operational procedures, as well as complex threat cases.

Previously, Ms. Domingues served as a Community Supervision Officer (parole and probation officer) supervising high-risk high-need offenders, including as part of a specialized sex offender team in Washington, D.C. This experience enabled her to understand the unique challenges that law enforcement face. As the supervisor overseeing a specialized behavioral health team serving high-risk offenders with severe mental illness, Ms. Domingues developed a broad understanding of the role that mental health plays in law enforcement and public safety.

Ms. Domingues combined her front-line law enforcement experience with broader experience in program development, research and leadership training at the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency. Ms. Domingues was responsible for policy and program development, and providing case management, risk assessment, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral-skills training to federal probation and parole officers. In this role, Ms. Domingues developed and facilitated an executive leadership education program that trained leaders to achieve their objectives.

Ms. Domingues holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland.

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