Chapman University students and recent graduates in Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences are conducting research that will be used to help alleviate the rising numbers of threats against public officials in the U.S.

Funded by a grant from the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE) at the University of Nebraska Omaha, the newest Center of Excellence for the Department of Homeland Security, the team is creating a database of federal indictments that involve threats to public officials across the country from 2013 to 2022.

“We’re looking through court documents of different federal cases where a death threat has been sent to a public official, including elected officials, healthcare officials, education officials and law enforcement,” says Natalie Standridge ’22, one of the researchers on the team.

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