New FBI training helps educators to identify potential threats

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — FBI special agents took a trip to ASK Academy in Rio Rancho Friday morning for a new training program teaching educators about identifying potential threats.

“We want them to be thinking about what is it that we look at from a law enforcement perspective, so they can be looking at and using those same tools,” said Raul Bujanda, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office in New Mexico.

Bujanda said he noticed that even though there are threat awareness training programs for teachers, they haven’t been implemented in the last several years – so the FBI branch in Albuquerque put together a curriculum.

The first part of the training was focused on prevention, and identifying students who are on a path to violence. Other parts of the training focused on what to do if a person does become violent inside a school.

The FBI plans to take feedback from Friday’s pilot training session and use it to make improvements before expanding the program to other area schools.