Frank G. Straub, Ph.D., is the Director of the National Police Foundation’s Center for Mass Violence Response Studies (CMVRS).
Dr. Straub leads the national Averted School Violence project. ASV is a national database, funded by the US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, that collects incidents of averted and completed school attacks. In 2019, Dr. Straub co-authored a report, released by the COPS Office, that analyzed 51 incidents of averted attacks and completed school attacks.
Dr. Straub has served on US Department of Homeland Security and US Department of Justice threat assessment working groups.
Under his leadership, the CMVRS has conducted in-depth studies of targeted mass violence events in San Bernardino, Kalamazoo, Orlando, Parkland and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Prior to joining the National Police Foundation, Dr. Straub served for more than 30-years in federal, state and local law enforcement. He led law enforcement/public safety agencies in New York, Indiana and the State of Washington. He was the New York City Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Training and Assistant Commissioner for Counterterrorism.
Dr. Straub is a non-resident fellow at West Point’s Center for Combatting Terrorism providing expert advice regarding the domestic law enforcement response to terrorism and acts of mass public violence.
Dr. Straub holds a B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in Forensic Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. He has co-authored a book on performance-based police management as well as articles and reports on school violence, critical incident response, community policing, youth violence prevention and homeland security. He speaks regularly at national and international conferences and has participated in Congressional and White House briefings.
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Congress appropriated funds to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to conduct research on school violence, especially mass casualty attacks. The NIJ convened a working group of subject matter experts to make recommendations that could be applied to school violence prevention. One of the recommendations was to create a national database that would record incidents of completed, but more importantly, averted school attacks. The National Police Foundation was chosen to develop, implement and maintain the national Averted School Violence (ASV) database.
Dr. Straub will discuss the ASV database, present case studies, and identify promising practices for the prevention of targeted school attacks. In addition, he will discuss critical lessons learned during after action reviews he led of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School and University of North Carolina-Charlotte shootings.