Counterterrorism Assessment Program


The Counterterrorism Assessment Program of John Jay College of Criminal Justice provides consultative services to nonprofits and guides the development of their counterterrorism strategies. In conjunction with the CUNY Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organization this program is timed to correspond with the Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). Specifically, this program will provide your organization with the appropriate Risk Assessment needed to apply, compose, write and submit an organization’s grant application.

Organizations requesting a risk assessment through the John Jay College program will receive a customized written assessment developed for their specific facility. This document, referred to as a Terrorism Vulnerability Assessment (TVA), will identify the threat, vulnerability, impact and consequences of a terrorist attack on the client location. The assessment will also provide detailed recommendations to mitigate or otherwise minimize the effects of a terrorist attack.

An institution’s TVA is developed during a site visit by a team of Security Specialists trained to perform these assessments. Teams are generally comprised of a senior member of the John Jay College program and a student specialist. Students are recruited from graduate programs, and successful candidates are trained and certified to conduct site visits. Teams are guided by mentors from the faculty and security industry through all phases of the process. Prior to submission to DHS, all TVAs are reviewed and receive final approval from Paul DeMatteis, the program’s director and the Senior Advisor on Corporate Security Programs at John Jay College.

Over the last four years, the program has processed over 150 assessments. For the NSGP grants awarded, clients who utilized our program resources had favorably high award rates, over 80%.

Analysis of reasons for our client’s failure to receive grants was determined to be poorly prepared grant applications. In response we initiated a grant writing component in 2009. Applicants that utilized the John Jay College program for both the terrorism vulnerability assessment and grant preparation received funding

While our record of accomplishments in 2009 and past years was formidable but should not be relied on as a guaranty, our success rates demonstrate familiarity with DHS process. The John Jay College team of academics and professionals has the necessary experience and resources to compose high quality, low cost vulnerability assessments and complete and deliver effective grant applications. Organizations wishing to request additional information on programs or to initiate the process please contact Paul DeMatteis, .