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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.


August 15, 2018

In this issue:

  • Disasters Happen, Be Prepared!: Disasters can and will happen anytime and anywhere. The nation is currently experiencing wildfires in the west and the outlook is that they will continue into November. Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin peaks for eight weeks beginning in mid-August and continuing through October. The heat we've seen across the nation this summer is setting records in many cities and states. National Preparedness Month (NPM), observed annually in September, is an opportune time for individuals, families, organizations, workplaces, and schools to review, update, and/or create emergency preparedness plans.
  • College Veterinary Response Teams: In any disaster, one often under-reported category of victims are animals. In more recent years, animals have started to receive more coverage as mass casualties due to flooding, hurricanes, and wildfires reach national headlines. Nonprofit organizations, such as The Humane Society of the United States, are typically interviewed but there are other important college- and university-based teams providing on-the-ground veterinarian support that have not had their voices heard. Several of these teams exist across the country at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

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August 8, 2018

In this issue:

  • New Resources for Campus Health Centers: Campus health centers are one of several first response locations offered to students who may be survivors of sexual or intimate partner violence (IPV) during their years in college or university. Campus health center staff and providers are in a special position to support survivors and educate all patients about sexual assault and IPV. Further, campus health centers can provide information about healthy relationships and how violence can affect health, wellness, and academic performance while in school.
  • Drunk Driving Prevention and Enforcement: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national enforcement campaign goes into effect across the country from August 15 to September 3, 2018. Labor Day is one of the deadliest times of the year due to drunk driving.

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August 1, 2018

In this issue:

  • AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women: AEquitas has built and continues to develop partnerships with individuals and agencies representing prosecutors, advocates, law enforcement officers, judges, educators, researchers, medical and mental health professionals, forensic scientists, and other allied professionals. AEquitas is currently in the process of scheduling a National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence and a National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence.
  • Spectator Sports Safety and Security: The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. reshaped many facets of life in America, including the approach to security planning and management. Prior to 9/11, sports and special event security planning and management primarily focused on traffic, parking, crowd management, and weather-related incidents. This has changed and the environment and threats surrounding sporting events continues to evolve. As a result, guidance on best practices should address emerging challenges, include new resources, and avoid the development of patterns that could result in a security or safety risk.

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July 25, 2018

In this issue:

  • NCCPS Announces Release of Report on Campus Policing in an Urban Environment: Participants from urban campus police departments identified five areas as challenging in a recent emerging issues forum: campus access, resources, relationships and partnerships, student welfare off campus, and communications. To discuss these challenges, as well as provide potential solutions and recommendations for addressing them, the National Center for Campus Public Safety facilitated a one-day forum.
  • Have You Applied for HSIN Access?: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to sharing timely, relevant, and accurate information with its campus safety and law enforcement partners. The Office of Partnership and Engagement/Office for State and Local Law Enforcement, with assistance from the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis, is facilitating requests for Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) membership for interested campus safety/police departments.

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July 18, 2018

In this issue: 

  • Registration Open for the 2018 NTTX: Threats of Campus Disorder: Registration for the 2018 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise (NTTX) for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) is now open. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and The University of Texas at San Antonio are hosting this two-day event that will include workshop sessions, a tabletop exercise, and an after-action review session. This year's event, the fifth in the series, will focus on threats of campus disorder during a large event.
  • IACP's Police Response to Violence Against Women Project: The International Association of Chiefs of Police's (IACP's) Police Response to Violence Against Women Project focuses on the development of a variety of tools, resources, and policies to help law enforcement respond effectively to human trafficking, sexual assault, stalking, domestic and sexual violence, and other types of intimate partner violence (IPV).

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July 11, 2018

In this issue: 

  • The Threat of Homemade Explosives: The threat of homemade explosives (HMEs) to the U.S. is not new, and it is a threat that is continually evolving. A total of 439 bombing incidents were reported in 2016, an increase of 10 percent from 2015. Of these, 277 were categorized as non-improvised explosive devices, defined as commercial, military, fireworks, and HMEs. Seemingly innocuous items that are bought and sold every day, such as pool sanitizers, fertilizers, and paint removers, can be used to make powerful explosives.
  • Loft Bed Risks on Campus: The early years of dorm life in a traditional four-year college or university evoke thoughts of roommates, cramped quarters, and often, loft beds. Some institutions of higher education do not offer students guard or safety rails for loft beds, which may be as high as seven feet off the ground.

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July 4, 2018

In this issue:

  • Customized Technical Assistance Available to Campus Communities: The Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center(CRI-TAC), formed through a partnership between the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), provides free, customized technical assistance solutions designed to meet the unique needs of state, local, tribal, and campus communities throughout the United States.
  • Network with Campus EMS via the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation: The National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation (NCEMSF) was formed in 1993 in response to a recognized need for information exchange amongst campus EMS groups. The group grew quickly, was recognized as a 501(c)(3) in 1997, and today more than 250 known organizations are listed in the NCEMSF database.

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June 27, 2018

In this issue:

  • National Pet Preparedness Month: June is National Pet Preparedness Month. In April 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent notice to its regional offices that public universities are required to comply with the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, which includes allowing emotional support animals into college dormitories and residence halls.
  • Fireworks and Independence Day Safety: Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. According to the National Fire Protection Association's Research, Data & Analytics Division, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires.

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June 20, 2018

In this issue:

  • NCCPS Announces Release of Report on Campus Protests and Demonstrations: What is the role of the emergency management program during the planning process for events likely to result in protests and demonstrations? This was the question driving a forum of campus public safety executives from 23 institutions of higher education (IHEs) gathered in Long Beach, California on November 10, 2017. Coordinated by the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), the forum convened as part of the 2017 International Association of Emergency Managers Universities & Colleges Caucus Symposium held that week and aligns with the NCCPS's role as a nationwide resource for addressing critical issues in campus safety.
  • Suicide Rates Rising Across the U.S.: During the week of June 4th, two well-known figures were lost to suicide, designer Kate Spade and chef, author, and travel documentarian, Anthony Bourdain. Losses of familiar individuals is a reminder of the emotional struggles people face on a daily basis and that we never truly know what is happening in a person's life. Depression and other mental health issues affect people of all ages, genders, income levels, races, and ethnicities. If you or someone you know is struggling, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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June 13, 2018

In this issue:

  • New Exercise Starter Kits for Cybersecurity, Hurricanes, and Active Shooter Scenarios: The Campus Resilience (CR) Program is dedicated to helping colleges, universities, and the K-12 communities build, sustain, and promote resiliency to the threats that confront institutions across the nation. As part of this overall effort, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Academic Engagement recently released three Exercise Starter Kits for the academic community. The CR Program Exercise Starter Kits are a set of tools and resources that will allow institutions of higher education to self-conduct tabletop exercises.
  • Department of Justice Launches Violence Reduction Response Center: On June 5, the U.S. Department of Justice launched the Violence Reduction Response Center (VRRC), a new resource under the Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center. The VRRC serves as a "one-stop shop" to help connect individuals as well as state, local, and tribal justice agencies with violent crime reduction training and technical assistance resources most appropriate for their communities.

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