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.
September 18, 2019
In this issue:
- NCCPS Releases New Report on Implementation of Prior Recommendations and Barriers to Enactment: We are pleased to release our most recent emerging issues forum report, Implementation of Prior Recommendations and Barriers to Enactment. This effort is a partnership between the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Law Enforcement Executives and Administrators (HBCU-LEEAs) to follow up on three previous forums, their reports and recommendations, and to examine whether and how HBCU campuses have implemented the recommendations.
- If You See Something, Say Something: National Awareness Day: Across our campus communities it's become more important to know and understand the significance of "If You See Something, Say Something." This National Awareness Day, and every day after, we should continue partnering together to inspire, empower, and educate the public on suspicious activity reporting.
September 11, 2019
In this issue:
- Collegiate Recovery Programs: September is National Recovery Month, a national observance sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. As we think about the millions of Americans who are in recovery, it's important to look at the critical role institutions of higher education are playing in this support network.
- Student's Guide to Fraud Scams: The International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCA), previously known as the International Association of Credit Card Investigators, has published a new resource, Student's Guide to Fraud Scams. IAFCI is a non-profit international organization that provides services and an environment within which information about financial fraud, fraud investigation, and fraud prevention methods can be collected, exchanged, and taught for the common good of the financial payment industry and our global society.
September 4, 2019
In this issue:
- Mass Shooting Contagion: There is a growing body of research documenting mass shooting contagion with media, and social media even more specifically, playing a central role. Recent articles from Campus Safety Magazine and other national media outlets have highlighted studies conducted by Arizona State University, Hamline University in Minnesota, and Old Dominion University. It's important to note that the data available thus far is limited but important to consider and be aware of.
- National Security Officer Appreciation Week: This September 15-21, 2019 is the fifth annual observance of National Security Officer Appreciation Week, a time to recognize the commitment of our nation's security officers to help maintain safe and secure workplaces, schools, institutions of higher education, shopping malls, and communities. Security officers are hard-working, highly trained individuals who are often our country's first responders. These individuals deter crime, lead evacuations, work closely with local law enforcement, and are constantly vigilant in their efforts to keep us safe.
August 28, 2019
In this issue:
- NCAA Releases Second Edition of Sexual Violence Prevention Toolkit: This month, the NCAA Sport Science Institute, in partnership with the NCAA Office of Inclusion, released the second edition of Sexual Violence Prevention: An Athletics Tool Kit for a Healthy and Safe Culture. The original toolkit was published in October 2016 after the NCAA Sexual Assault Task Force issued a call to action to all NCAA members, including colleges and universities, athletics conferences and affiliated organizations to address the issue of sexual violence "appropriately and effectively to make campuses safe for all students." The toolkit serves as a companion piece to the 2014 NCAA publication, Addressing Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence: Athletics' Role in Support of Healthy and Safe Campuses.
- Consular Notification On Campus: We are pleased to share the following updated article with you on the topic of consular notification obligations for law enforcement, including campus law enforcement officers, written by Carmen Hills, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State. U.S. law enforcement officers, including campus law enforcement officers, must be aware of the unique consular notification obligation that arises when arresting or detaining foreign nationals in the U.S.
August 21, 2019
In this issue:
- September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month: This September marks the 11th annual observance of National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM), a month-long awareness campaign that first launched in 2008 by the Clery Center with unanimous support from Congress. This year's campaign theme, Bridging the Gap, focuses on campus safety prevention and response work that is commonly confused or misunderstood.
- Get Ready for Hazing Prevention Week: National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) takes place September 23-27, and is an opportunity for university and college campuses, K-12 schools, communities, organizations, and individuals to join together and raise awareness about hazing, educate others about hazing's impact, and ways to prevent it.
August 14, 2019
In this issue:
- National Preparedness Month Is Coming: September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a time to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning. This year's overarching theme is "Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters." The goal is to increase the number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions for a potential disaster or emergency.
- Engage Your Campus in Suicide Prevention: September is a busy time, filled with orientations, trainings, and national observances. One of the most important, in light of continuing research confirming the rising number of students struggling with anxiety and depression, is National Suicide Prevention Month. Campus prevention coordinators and other campus and student leaders can find suicide prevention resources in a variety of locations to use this September and throughout the year.
August 7, 2019
In this issue:
- Important Resources Following El Paso and Dayton Tragedies and HSIN Access: On Sunday, August 4 th, the FBI held a phone call with federal, state, and local partners discussing the mass casualty incidents that happened over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. As a follow up, the Office for State and Local Law Enforcement emailed a compilation of law enforcement sensitive (LES) information from both incidents and a suite of products and services made available by federal partners. In order to access these LES and/or For Official Use Only (FOUO) materials, law enforcement officials are encouraged to join the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN). Many applicants are sworn police officers; however, non-sworn campus safety officers who are sponsored by their local municipal police department may be eligible for access to specific communities.
- Make a Difference for Campus Fire Safety Month: September is National Campus Fire Safety Month (NCSFM), a time to raise awareness among parents, students, administrators, and legislators about the importance of fire safety. Now in its fifteenth year, and proclaimed annually by several states, NCFSM is coordinated each year by Massachusetts-based Campus Firewatch on behalf of parents who have lost children in college-related fires.
July 31, 2019
In this issue:
- Time is Running Out for Virtual Professional Development: For the past year, we've been delighted to offer two Virtual Professional Development (VPD) programs to our stakeholders at no-cost through a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Program, U.S. Department of Justice. Unfortunately, this funding has run out and our VPD initiative will be closing down on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.
- Understanding and Addressing Implicit Bias: Every person holds implicit bias or implicit social cognition, defined by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University as the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These associations develop over the course of a lifetime beginning at a very early age through exposure to direct and indirect messages. In addition to early life experiences, the media and news programming are often-cited origins of implicit associations.
- Is Your Campus Bike Friendly?: On college and university campuses, students and staff not walking to class are probably riding a bicycle. Although there is a presence of skateboards, longboards, electric scooters, and hoverboards on campus, bicycles continue to be the most commonly used form of alternative transportation. Bicycle-friendly campuses need established and communicated bike safety regulations and awareness information.
July 24, 2019
In this issue:
- Body Cameras' Effect on Field Interviews: A new study published by the National Police Foundation (NPF) examines how the use of body cameras affects victim and witness interactions with police officers who are wearing them. The study, Do Body Cameras Affect the Quality of Victim-Police Interactions in Field Interviews?, was prompted by previous research efforts that have suggested body cameras may have significant impacts on officer use of force and on citizen complaints against the police, as well as privacy concerns and reticence in having an official video record of speaking with police.
- IEDs and Bomb-Making Awareness and Prevention: The Office for Bombing Prevention manages the Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP), which is designed to be integrated into existing state and local outreach and liaison programs, community policing efforts, and private sector security and training programs. With school and campus bomb threats continuing to occur year after year, building a BMAP on your campus can help build local awareness about how powerful explosives can be built from common consumer goods. This is a proactive safety approach your campus can build into existing prevention programming, training, and outreach.
July 17, 2019
In this issue:
- Healthcare Facilities Preparedness: Many universities are integrated with robust healthcare facilities on campus. Some examples include the University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham, University Medical Center at Princeton, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the University of Vermont Medical Center. These medical centers serve the needs of patients and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week and need to maintain a continuity of care and operations no matter the circumstances. Because of this "duty-to-care" commitment, hospitals and healthcare facilities face unique challenges when planning and responding to critical incidents.
- Alcohol and Drug Misuse, Suicide, and Millennials: In June, Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public health policy, research, and advocacy organization, and the Well Being Trust (WBT), a national foundation dedicated to advancing the mental, social, and spiritual health of the nation, released the issue brief Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Suicide and the Millennial Generation - A Devastating Report. TFAH and WBT have called for immediate and sustained attention and investment in a national resilience strategy to address the rising death toll of Americans from alcohol- and drug-induced fatalities and suicide.