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Rep. Babin’s TAPS Act (H.R. 6664) Endorsed by the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals

Washington, August 17, 2018

Congressman Brian Babin’s (TX-36) Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act (H.R. 6664) received the endorsement of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) at the organization’s annual Threat Management Conference earlier this week. 

ATAP is a non-profit organization comprised of experts from law enforcement, legal, mental health, corporate, education, and other sectors committed to eliminating targeted violence through threat and violence risk assessment.

The TAPS Act creates a task force of subject matter experts who will assist in creating a national strategy to prevent targeted violence through threat assessment and management. The national strategy will provide resources, training, and assistance in establishing and operating locally-driven, multidisciplinary threat assessment and management units as well as a specialized school threat assessment program.

“ATAP is made up of dedicated professionals who already serve on the front lines of protecting our communities, schools, and public figures by using this successful method. I am honored to have their support as we move forward to reshape the way we assess and mitigate threats and save lives,” said Rep. Babin. “Americans are tired of political rhetoric and want a solution to these devastating incidents of targeted violence happening across our country. I believe we’ve found the answer with the TAPS Act.”

“ATAP is proud to put its support behind the TAPS Act. Congressman Babin has taken a leadership role in crafting this legislation to stop incidents of targeted violence, and we are thrilled that he is advocating for this effective method on the national level. On behalf of ATAP, we thank Congressman Babin and are proud to work with him to protect our communities and save lives,” said ATAP President, Dr. Russell Palarea.

For more information on the TAPS Act, watch Babin’s video summary of the bill. The original press release introducing H.R. 6664 is available here.

To view the full text of the bill, click here.