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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 22, 2019

In this issue:

  • The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium Focuses on Campus Safety: The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), a professional alliance sponsored through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency National Preparedness Directorate, released its 2018 annual report. Since 1998, NDPC has provided no-cost training to nearly 3 million emergency responders across state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions. This year's report primarily focuses on school and campus safety and natural disasters.
  • June is National Safety Month: Preventable injury-related deaths have increased since 2012 and are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind heart disease and cancer for all age groups, and the leading cause of death for those aged 1 to 44. The National Safety Council is focused on saving lives and preventing injuries, including raising public awareness about the opioid epidemic, helping to reduce motor vehicle crashes, and improving safety practices in the workplace. National Safety Month, observed annually in June, focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities.

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May 15, 2019

In this issue:

  • Department of Justice Releases Reports on Improving Officer Safety and Wellness: On April 17, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the publication of two complementary reports that focus on improving the safety and wellness of the nation's 800,000 law enforcement officers. The reports, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress and Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies, are the result of the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, which was passed in 2017 and requires the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to submit reports to Congress.
  • National Military Appreciation Month: There are numerous services available to military members, both active and reserve, and taking time to highlight these tools to enable campuses to provide support to this population is an important part of National Military Appreciation Month. The following resources can be added to the growing list of valuable information on this topic that we have highlighted in the previous Weekly Snapshot articles: "Supporting Student Veterans on Campus" and "Recognizing and Supporting Military Members and Veterans on Campus."

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May 8, 2019

In this issue:

  • Inspire Action and Change Lives During National Prevention Week: Colleges and universities, behavioral health coalitions, community-based organizations, and others with a role in prevention are gearing up for this year's National Prevention Week (NPW). NPW takes place May 12-18, 2019 and is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-sponsored campaign dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health by promoting prevention year-round. NPW is timed to allow schools to plan or take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness among students of all ages.
  • Annual Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2018 Report Released: On April 17, the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics released the annual report, Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2018. This report provides data on crime and safety at K-12 schools and institutions of higher education from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and campus safety and security. The indicators cover topics such as violent deaths; victimization; school environment; fear and avoidance; and postsecondary campus safety and security.

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May 1, 2019

In this issue:

  • Recognizing and Supporting Military Members and Veterans on Campus: In 1999, Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month. Most colleges and universities have active service military or veterans on their campus as faculty, staff, or students. It is important during this busy academic time of year to take time to pause and appreciate service members and evaluate the support and resources being provided to this population.
  • National Police Week 2019: This year marks the 57th annual observance of National Police Week, which begins on Sunday, May 12 and runs through Saturday, May 18. 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. It is a collaborative effort by many organizations working together to honor those in the U.S. law enforcement community.

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April 24, 2019

In this issue:

  • Help Spread Awareness During Mental Health Month: Each May in the U.S., we observe Mental Health Month (MHM) to help raise awareness, reduce stigma, provide support, and advocate for policies to help the 60 million Americans that live with mental illness. For 2019, Mental Health America is expanding upon last year's MHM theme of #4Mind4Body.
  • 2019 Communities Talk Stipends for Institutions of Higher Education: In addition to increasing awareness and understanding of alcohol addiction, Alcohol Awareness Month is a time to celebrate the efforts of campuses and communities across the country who are working together to prevent underage alcohol use. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there has been a dramatic decrease over the past 15 years in the percentage of 12- to 20-year-olds who report any lifetime alcohol use.

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April 17, 2019

In this issue:

  • Social Norms in Alcohol Abuse Prevention: Alcohol Awareness Month is a public health program organized by Facing Addiction with NCADD designed to increase outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol. As Alcohol Awareness Month continues, one focus on college campuses is prevention. One prevention mechanism that has shown great efficacy is the social norms approach.
  • Law Enforcement Standards and Training: Training opportunities for law enforcement personnel and campus safety officers are varied and offered from a variety of federal and state agencies, for-profit and nonprofit entities, and professional associations across the country. The mission of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) is to research, develop, and share information, ideas, and innovations that assist states in establishing effective and defensible standards for employment and training of law enforcement officers, and, in those states where dual responsibility exists, correctional personnel.

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April 10, 2019

In this issue:

  • National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide and Additional Resources: The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention released National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide in collaboration with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Entertainment Industries Council. The recommendations, which were informed by both representatives from the entertainment industry and the suicide prevention field, aim to help members of the entertainment industry - content creators, scriptwriters, producers - tell more balanced and authentic stories involving suicide and suicide prevention.
  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month: "Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow" is the theme of this year's Alcohol Awareness Month, a national grassroots effort observed each April by campuses and communities to support prevention, research, education, intervention, treatment, and recovery from alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. The 2019 theme is designed to help reduce the stigma often associated with alcohol addiction and to highlight the reality that help is available and recovery is possible.

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April 3, 2019

In this issue:

  • Global Opioid Detection Challenge: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate, the research and development arm of DHS that focuses on providing the tools, technologies, and knowledge products to bridge industry and end-user communities, announced The Opioid Detection Challenge last month. The Challenge is part of a comprehensive government effort to address the opioid crisis, specifically illicit opioids entering the U.S. via international mail, and your campus is encouraged to submit ideas for a solution.
  • April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Every day, at least nine Americans die and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. Texting isn't the only culprit - distracted driving can also include eating, talking to passengers, playing with the stereo, or even toying with entertainment or navigation systems. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is "any activity that diverts attention from driving."

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March 27, 2019

In this issue:

  • SEVP Resources and Partnerships Promote Campus Public Safety: The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is a program housed within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations that provides approval and oversight to schools certified to enroll nonimmigrant students. It also provides guidance to both schools and students to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Autism Awareness and Implications for Campus Public Safety Officers: April is World Autism Month, a time for people and organizations from around the world to come together to increase global understanding and acceptance of people with autism. In addition, April 2 is the 12th annual World Autism Awareness Day when people, landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world wear or display light blue in recognition of people living with autism.

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March 20, 2019

In this issue:

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month: In the United States, April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a time to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. One in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact at some point in their lives according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • National Crime Victims' Rights Week is April 7-13, 2019: National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) is an opportunity for colleges and universities to inform students, faculty, and staff about the victimization experience and how it hurts people and communities, as well as promote laws, policies, and programs that help crime victims. This year, NCVRW is April 7-13 and the theme is "Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future."

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