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National Center for Campus Public Safety

Weekly Snapshot

The Weekly Snapshot, our electronic bulletin, features timely resources and information for campus communities, public safety and emergency management officials, law enforcement officers, and others interested in making campuses safer. The bulletin includes reports and studies issued from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and professional associations on topics such as sexual assault, mental health, travel and study abroad safety, community relations, harassment, and emergency preparedness. In addition, the Weekly Snapshot provides information on national monthly observances and campaign organization, legislative updates, federal awareness bulletins, and information on upcoming events and professional training opportunities. Anyone may subscribe to this email communication, along with other NCCPS notifications, by joining our mailing list.

We have compiled our past Weekly Snapshot articles into one easily accessible and searchable location, the Weekly Snapshot Directory. This directory will be updated monthly.



May 24, 2017

In this issue:

  • Indicators of School Crime and Safety Report Released: 
    Last week, the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics released their annual report, Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2016. This report provides data on crime and safety at schools from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals collected by various surveys from 2009 through 2015.
  • VALOR's Spotlight on Safety: Defusing Difficult Encounters: Every day, police officers make contact with community members and many of those encounters are uneventful. These officers also face difficult encounters that can be challenging and dangerous. Law enforcement agencies, including campus police departments, are responsible for ensuring their officers are well prepared to successfully defuse difficult encounters and can achieve this through fostering a culture of safety and accountability, as well as training officers in effective defusing techniques.

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May 17, 2017

In this issue:

  • National Police Week 2017: This week, May 14-20, 2017, is National Police Week. National Police Week pays special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. National Police Week is an emotional time of recognition and remembrance for new survivors and for those who are returning for the events.
  • Making Each Day Count: Highlighting the Important Role of Substance Use Prevention: National Prevention Week, May 14-20, 2017, is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-sponsored annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This year's theme, "Making Each Day Count," highlights the important role that individuals and communities alike have in helping people lead healthy, productive lives and in raising awareness about the importance of substance use/misuse prevention and promotion of mental health.

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May 10, 2017

In this issue:

  • 13 Reasons Why: Suicide Contagion: Suicide is a serious public health problem nationwide and anyone can be at risk, regardless of age, gender, race, or class. It is well known that suicide can be a contagious occurrence. The newly released Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, reflects on the incidents leading up to a teenage high school student's suicide through a series of tapes she leaves behind. Several resources are available to help colleges and universities reduce the rate of suicidal behavior and prevent suicide
  • Association of American Universities Releases New Report: In 2015, the Association of American Universities conducted the largest survey of undergraduate and graduate students regarding the prevalence of sexual assault and misconduct on campuses and student attitudes on these issues, the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. As a follow-up AAU released a new report, AAU Campus Activities Report: Combating Sexual Assault and Misconduct, which provides data and examples of how universities have taken action since 2015 to "improve efforts to reduce the incidence of sexual misconduct and to address its consequences."

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May 3, 2017

In this issue:

  • Get Involved in Mental Health Month: Mental Health Month (MHM), also known as Mental Health Awareness Month, has been observed in May since 1949, when it was started by Mental Health America (MHA). MHA's toolkit focuses on this year's MHM theme, Risky Business. MHA believes it is important to focus on behaviors, habits, or actions that can exacerbate mental illness or could be a sign of mental health problems themselves. 
  • Suicide Prevention Resources: Last month, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and several of its national and community partners, jointly released two resources that synthesize current knowledge about community-based suicide prevention and emphasize the need for comprehensive efforts that combine multiple strategies that work together to prevent suicide.

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April 26, 2017

In this issue: 

  • Averted School Violence Reporting System: The Police Foundation launched the Averted School Violence Near Miss Reporting System (ASV) for law enforcement officials, school officials, and mental health professionals with funding from the Community Oriented Policing Services. The mission of the ASV system is to share information about averted school violence incidents and lessons learned in order to "improve school safety and help prevent future tragedies."

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April 19, 2017

In this issue:

  • Diversity in Campus Safety: Effective recruitment, hiring, and retention processes are quintessential to establishing successful law enforcement agencies, including those on college and university campuses, staffed with qualified and service-oriented personnel to engage the community, develop collaborative problem-solving partnerships, demonstrate accountability, and build trust. The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing identified increasing the diversity of the nation's law enforcement agencies as an important aspect in developing that trust.
  • New Release: Vicarious Trauma Toolkit: The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime has launched a first-of-its-kind online toolkit after four years of research, development, and pilot testing. The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit was developed with the understanding that those who respond to victims of sexual abuse, assist survivors of acts of terrorism and mass violence, fight fires that may have taken people's lives, or respond to shootings and other crime scenes face vicarious trauma from these situations.

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