The Renfrew County Catholic District School Board (RCCDSB) has re-signed as a partner to the Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Protocol.
This unique working agreement is a collaboration among school boards and 12 community agencies, as well as local police services in Renfrew County. Established in 2013, the VTRA Protocol is a proactive strategy that informs responses to all behaviours that pose a potential risk of violence. It focuses on creating supportive intervention plans that address the emotional and physical safety of those involved by connecting community support agencies with police and other groups across Renfrew County.
The model for the VTRA Protocol reflects the work of J. Kevin Cameron, Director of the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response. In situations where information suggests that there is a significant risk posed by an individual, protocol partners work together in violence prevention, threat management and safety planning. They do this by sharing information, advice and resources.
“RCCDSB is committed to continue working with VTRA partner organizations to create plans and share resources that will help reduce and manage threats of violence in our schools and communities,” said Scott Lafreniere, RCCDSB Safe & Accepting Schools Coordinator, adding, “As our schools have returned full time, and adjust to the ongoing realities of the pandemic, the VTRA is a valuable tool to proactively support those at risk in our communities.”
In 2020, a review of the protocol was undertaken and a re-signing of the protocol by school boards, community agencies and local police services in Renfrew County. As part of the protocol, the Renfrew County VTRA committee is committed to ensuring training opportunities are available and provided locally to partner agencies.
“Re-signing as a collaborator in the VTRA protocol aligns with our Board’s ongoing vision to sustain safe school environments,” stated RCCDSB Chair Bob Schreader. “The strategies that have been developed and training that is provided will help to ensure that we can quickly identify and effectively intervene in response to threats to our students, schools, and communities.”
For further information and to view a copy of the VTRA protocol, visit rccdsb.edu.on.ca.
For more information, contact:
Clint Young, Superintendent of Education
Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
499 Pembroke Street West
Pembroke, ON K8A 5P1
613-735-1031, ext. 271