States Focus on Preventing Targeted Violence

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today announced that four states, ColoradoIllinoisMichigan and Virginia, have been selected for a policy academy aimed at developing strategic plans to prevent ideologically-inspired violence.

Ideologically-inspired violence is a multifaceted threat to localities, states, and the nation as a whole. Recent attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia; New York City, New York; and San Bernardino, California underscore that the threat landscape is diverse and a challenge for all levels of government. Governors have a role in building resilience to ideologically-inspired violence by convening resources, stakeholders and programs across their states. Governors have a long history of spearheading violence prevention efforts and can leverage lessons learned, relationships, and resources from those programs to prevent individuals from acting violently on the behalf of any ideology.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Terrorism Prevention Partnerships, this policy academy will allow state teams to learn from national experts and their peers from other states as they establish their strategies. Each state will participate in two policy academy meetings, an in-state workshop and a series of conference calls and webinars during implementation of the plans.

An NGA policy academy is a highly collaborative, team-based process for assisting a select number of states in developing and implementing action plans that address complex public policy issues.

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