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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, and law enforcement officers. 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.



March 22, 2017

In this issue:

  • National Crime Victims' Rights Week: National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) is being commemorated on April 2-8, 2017. Since 1981, NCVRW has been celebrated annually in April and is meant to bring communities together; educate the public about victimization and the effect victimization has on individuals, families, friends, and the community; and to promote laws, policies, and programs to help victims of crime.
  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month: This April marks the 16th annual observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year's theme, Engaging New Voices, developed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, aims to involve four new audiences in sexual assault prevention efforts: members of Greek life, coaches, fathers, and faith leaders. 

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March 15, 2017

In this issue:

  • Body Worn Camera Considerations for Gender-Based Violence Incidents: Law enforcement agencies, including campus safety departments, have increasingly started using, or are considering the use of, body-worn cameras (BWCs). These cameras can enhance community trust and contribute to accountability, evidence collection, and transparency. 
  • Upcoming Officer Trainings from VALOR: Over the next several months, VALOR, an officer safety initiative, will be offering one of their on-site trainings in multiple locations and encourages sworn campus law enforcement officers to register. Officer Safety, Wellness, and Resiliency Training helps improve officer professionalism and safety by "reexamining essential skills that every law enforcement professional should possess."

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March 8, 2017

In this issue:

  • Incident Management Preparedness and Coordination Toolkit (IMPACT) for First Responders: IMPACT is a free tool for first responders, emergency managers, and other security professionals to use for planning, situational awareness, communication, and response to natural and man-made disasters.
  • DHS Support for Jewish Community Centers: In the past two months, Jewish community centers and schools in more than 15 states have been the target of at least five waves of bomb threats from real people or robocalls. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly released a statement on new support measures for Jewish community centers in the wake of escalating bomb threats.

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March 1, 2017

In this issue:

  • NO MORE Week of Action: March 5-11, 2017 is NO MORE Week: Louder Together, a campaign asking communities to end the silence and inaction around these issues and work together to create a world without violence. NO MORE offers a variety of tools for raising awareness on  your campus.
  • Similarities and Differences Between Lone Wolf Terrorists and Mass Murderers: Earlier this year, the National Institute of Justice released an article based on a 2016 report funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. The report examined whether any differences exist between lone actor terrorists and mass murderers.

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February 22, 2017

In this issue:

  • FBI Releases New Publication on Threat Assessment and Targeted Violence: This month, the FBI released a new publication, Making Prevention a Reality: Identifying, Assessing, and Managing the Threat of Targeted Attacks, the culmination of nearly two years of work following a 2015 gathering of multidisciplinary experts and the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit.
  • Transnational Crime: Last week, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Transnational Crime Committee issued an informational handout on transnational crime. The goal of the informational handout is to socialize the term "transnational crime" and to better assist state, local, federal, and international law enforcement, including campus law enforcement, with noticing and identifying the signs of transnational crime.
  • Cannabis and its Impact on Campus: The marijuana legalization status in many states has changed, or is subject to change in the coming years. It is imperative that institutions of higher education stay informed and prepare for additional responsibilities to their campus communities.

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February 15, 2017

In this issue:

  • Protest Preparation and Response Training: A fundamental role of law enforcement, including campus police and security, is to protect the rights of all people to assemble, demonstrate, protest, or rally. In turn, law enforcement also has the responsibility to safeguard public safety by protecting the lives and property of all individuals.
  • NCCPS Calendar of Events: Did you know we have an online calendar with thousands of events available? This helpful feature of NCCPS website contains information on a variety of upcoming conferences, trainings, webinars, and other professional development opportunities for those working towards and supporting safer campus communities.

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