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dc.contributor.advisorKiernan, Kathleen
dc.contributor.advisorMiller, Patrick
dc.contributor.authorMilby, John D.
dc.dateMarch 2015
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-06T19:17:50Z
dc.date.available2015-05-06T19:17:50Z
dc.date.issued2015-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/45227
dc.description.abstractAcross the United States, mass murder events have been on the rise for nearly a decade. This thesis found that persons with serious mental illness perpetrated a statistically significant number of these events. Currently, law enforcement agencies are often the first—and in many communities the only resource—available to assist and assess mentally ill persons in crisis. This thesis investigated the current state of law enforcement training as it relates to assessing dangerousness and the risk for violence among persons with serious mental illness. It found that there is very little training and no risk assessment tool or guide currently available to assist law enforcement officers tasked with assessing mentally ill persons for dangerousness. Subsequently, this thesis examined alternative methods and models for assessing risk, including clinical violence risk assessments, and it conducted summary case studies. These included cases in which mentally ill persons committed acts of mass murder and cases where law enforcement successfully intervened and prevented mentally ill persons from carrying out planned violence. As a result of this research and analysis, a field risk assessment guide has been developed and recommended for adoption to aid law enforcement officers in assessing the dangerousness of mentally ill persons.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/preemptingmassmu1094545227
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titlePreempting mass murder: improving law enforcement risk assessments of persons with mental illnessen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairsen_US
dc.subject.authormental illnessen_US
dc.subject.authorserious mental illnessen_US
dc.subject.authorviolenceen_US
dc.subject.authordangerousnessen_US
dc.subject.authorinvoluntary civil commitmenten_US
dc.subject.authorlaw enforcementen_US
dc.subject.authormass murderen_US
dc.subject.authorrisk assessmenten_US
dc.subject.authorclinical violence risk assessmenten_US
dc.subject.authorbehavioral threat assessmenten_US
dc.subject.authoractive shooteren_US
dc.subject.authorcrisis intervention teamsen_US
dc.subject.authorfield risk assessment toolen_US
dc.subject.authorWashington Navy Yarden_US
dc.subject.authorIsla Vistaen_US
dc.subject.authorDeAnza Collegeen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceCaptain, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Minden, Nevadaen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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