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Upton cosponsors Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act

H.R. 838 aims to prevent targeted violence through behavioral threat assessment and management

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Washington, November 15, 2019 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today cosponsored the Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act – originally introduced by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX). The TAPS Act – H.R. 838 - is bipartisan legislation that aims to create safer communities by providing states and local entities the resources needed to utilize behavioral threat assessment and management units.

“Those who commit violent acts often show some sort of warning or pattern of concerning behavior. This legislation would provide our law enforcement the tools to track down those warnings so we can stop violent acts before they occur. For decades, the U.S. Secret Services has used behavioral threat assessment and management to protect our national leaders and foreign dignitaries. It’s been proven to work, and now we should use it to protect our schools, families, and local communities,” Upton said. “Our nation has witnessed too many violent crimes lately – most recently yesterday at a school in California. Enough is enough. This bill is a small part of a bigger solution to help save lives, and I hope to see it passed through the Congress and signed by the President.”

The TAPS Act is currently co-sponsored by 156 members and has wide support from a number of stakeholders and other groups, including the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Fraternal Order of Police, and the National Sheriffs’ Association. 

To learn more about the TAPS Act, click here.

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