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Critical Conversations: Preventing Mass Shootings and the Special Challenge of Suicide
Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Category: Critical Conversations

Critical Conversation

Preventing Mass Shootings and the Special Challenge of Suicide

Wednesday, November 30 @ 7:30 pm

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Much is known about characteristics of mass shooters--those in personal crisis and others who are ideologically committed. Far less is known about interventions that have been validated as successful in prevention, including communication of suicidal intent as one of the few factors enabling authorities to separate troubled individuals from their firearms. The presentation explores the limited but promising opportunities authorities possess for removing guns from people who demonstrate harmful intent--including potential initiatives that could help build out the 988 suicide and crisis number into a more effective enterprise.

Speaker Bio: 

Cliff Karchmer is a nationally recognized law enforcement researcher and consultant. Most recently, he served as Assistant Project Director for the RAND-DOJ study on preventing mass shootings, where he handled outreach to professional associations and government agencies. Earlier, he was Director of Program Development at the Police Executive Research Forum for 19 years where he pioneered investigative and violence prevention initiatives for DOJ and DHS agencies, and developed operational guides on police responses to a spectrum of law enforcement and intelligence issues. He also served as a Research Scientist with the Battelle Memorial Institute, specializing in white-collar crime. Throughout his career, Cliff has directed over 40 projects for a broad range of government agencies, foundations, and private clients. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Christian Regenhard Center for First Responder Studies at John Jay College, created by the parents of a NY firefighter killed on 9/11.

Cliff graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University. He received a Masters from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. His career publications and project reports can be found at