School Based Threat, Risk, & Vulnerability Training

24 hrs. of Certified Continuing Education

Course Overview 


PictuersThe “School Based Threat, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment” (SBTRVA) Training was developed to assist campus security, school administration, staff and employees, responders from all emergency response disciplines including; Law Enforcement; Fire Service, Emergency Medical, Emergency Management, and the private sector, to understand and complete threat, risk, and vulnerability assessments of schools and use the information gathered in the assessments to ensure that their schools are safe and secure. 

The SBTRVA is a comprehensive assessment that evaluates a school systems strengths and weaknesses in regard to safety and security, identifies critical infrastructure and key resources, identifies the threats to the schools from an all hazard perspective, and provides a comprehensive vulnerability assessment.

The information gathered in the SBTRVA methodology converts easily to:

  • school safety and security operations
  • emergency planning
  • tactical considerations
  • prevention activities
  • protection activities
  • incident response and command
  • recovery
  • selection of applicable security technology

Sheriff Stephen Hodges started his Law Enforcement career with the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department in Laconia, NH, in 1974 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Anslem College in Manchester, NH. Sheriff Hodges advanced through the department ranks and in 1999 was elected High Sheriff of the County, a position he held for 13 years retiring in 2002 after 28 years of service with the department. Upon retirement Sheriff Hodges became the National Issues Coordinator with the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS), which is a compilation of six regional intelligence centers holding approximately 3.5Million records serving local, state, county, tribal, federal and international police. After five years with RISS, Sheriff Hodges changed careers and became an instructor for both the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition (NDPCI) and the National Sheriffs Association. Sheriff Hodges instructed several Threat, Risk and Vulnerability classes nationally and worldwide, teaching as far away as the Commonwealth of Saipan in the northern Marianna Islands. These classes included the Homeland Security’s Comprehensive Assessment Model (HLSCAM) , Operational Value of Threat, Risk and Vulnerability (OpVal), School Based Threat, Risk and Vulnerability and Operations Based Threat, Risk and Vulnerability. He also instructed community safety classes and executive level classes for the National Sheriffs Association.

In 2017 Sheriff Hodges became he Director of the National Sheriffs Associations Global Center for Public Safety and there Global Society of Homeland and National Security Professionals. He resides in New Hampshire with his wife Patricia.

Christopher Gandia possesses over 20 years of law enforcement experience, 15 plus years of service on the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team with 6 years as a member of the tactical and executive command staff developing and creating emergency procedures for high-risk incidents.    

Well versed in critical incident management and operations, he is known throughout the United States as a leader in school risk vulnerability assessment, instructing and providing and assistance to numerous public/private schools and universities.  He shares his expertise with businesses, hospitals, airports and military facilities as well as local, state and federal agencies across the country.

Current Assignments

  • Londonderry NH Police Department
  • Captain (2014 – Present)
    • Commander of Services Bureau
    • Oversight of all departmental training
    • Liaison for Londonderry School District for school safety and training
  • National Domestic Preparedness Coalition & National Sheriffs Association- Instructor (2008 – Present)
  • Teach following courses throughout country for:
    • Operational Value for Threat, Risk and Vulnerability Assessments
    • School Based Threat, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessments

 Previous Assignments

  • Londonderry Police Department
    • Services Bureau Lieutenant (2011 – 2014)
    • Operations Bureau Lieutenant (2008 – 2011)
    • Patrol Sergeant (2003 – 2008)
    • Patrol Officer (1996 – 2003)
  • Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit (1999 – 2014)
    • Executive Commander
    • Tactical Commander
    • Tactical Incident Commander
    • Training Coordinator – Lead Firearms Instructor
    • Team Leader
    • Tactical Operator


We can bring this 24-hrs. course or an abbreviated version of it to your Sheriff’s Office, Police Department, State Police / Patrol, Corrections Facility, Law Enforcement Academy, Training Facility or Association.  Please contact us for more information.  

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