The Center for Justice Leadership and Management (CJLM) in coordination with the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition (NDPCI), a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, recognized that jurisdictions throughout the nation were completing threat, risk, and vulnerability assessments but are not using the information gathered to benefit their own homeland security operations. In response, CJLM and NDPCI proposed the development of the Operational Value of Threat, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessment Course to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the 2007 Competitive Training Grant Program. CJLM and NDOCI were subsequently awarded a $3.4 million grant to complete development of the OpValTRVA 3-day training course and 4000 emergency responders throughout the United States.
The course provides training which assists homeland security professionals, from all emergency response disciplines, and the private sector, responsible for managing risk, to understand and use operationally, information gathered in various threat, risk, and vulnerability assessment methodologies. Course content focuses on helping homeland security professionals analyze, and apply information gathered in the assessment process to enhance operations including: patrol and tactical operations, intelligence gathering, developing community programs, emergency planning, resource allocation, response to Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) color-code changes, and DHS Alerts, response and recovery as well as selection of technology.
Participants receive a Participant Manual, access to a web-based post-course resource site, and a resource CD. Additionally, participants can receive 2.4 CEU credits from George Mason University and a certificate of attendance from DHS and the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition.
One graduate student and one GMU faculty (Turner) plus 14 NDPCI subject matter experts and instructors are working on the project.
As of August 31, 2010, the project has completed 42 training sessions in 34 states with 1504 emergency responders completing the program. Courses have been conducted in several local areas including Washington D.C., Fairfax, VA, Richmond, VA, Sykesville, MD, Ocean City, MD, and Landover Hills, MD.