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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.


January 16, 2019

In this issue:

  • Med Tac Training Program: Medical emergencies happen regularly and people of all ages can encounter them on campuses or in their daily, private lives. On average, it takes 10 minutes for a trained first responder to arrive at the scene of a medical emergency and those intervening minutes are critical.
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®: Young adults can receive misinformation about drug and alcohol use through popular culture, the Internet, TV, movies, music, and social media. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is January 22-27, 2019 and campus prevention practitioners can use this opportunity to educate students about drugs and alcohol using science-based information.

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January 9, 2019

In this issue:

  • Supporting Student Veterans on Campus: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates more than one million people accessed their education program benefits in 2016. With nearly 17 million students in undergraduate programs that same year, a significant population of veterans or veterans' families are attending college or taking advantage of other educational opportunities. Many institutions of higher education are providing support and specific programming to benefit this population.
  • Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention: January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and January 11 is "Wear Blue Day" - a day devoted to spreading awareness about and stopping the hidden crime of modern slavery, which traps millions of men, women, and children in the United States and around the world. People in college and university campus communities can play a key role in thwarting this crime.

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January 2, 2019

In this issue:

  • National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day: First observed in 2015, National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day takes place on January 9th each year to recognize the great service of law enforcement, including campus police. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all law enforcement professionals for their dedication and service.
  • January is National Stalking Awareness Month: January 2019 marks the 15th annual National Stalking Awareness Month, an annual call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking. Stalking is prevalent, dangerous, and a crime in all 50 states, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia. It can be difficult to investigate, charge, and prosecute in a system designed to respond to singular incidents rather than the series of acts that constitutes stalking.

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December 26, 2018

In this issue:

  • NCCPS Year in Review: The coming of the new year often makes us think ahead to the future. We may set goals or resolutions, determine what we want to accomplish, or identify areas in our work and personal lives we can improve upon. It's also a time of reflection on the past year, what went well and what didn't, and whether or not we met our goals. At the National Center for Campus Public Safety we have a vision of safer and stronger campus communities. Our mission is to provide useful resources and information to support safer campus communities. In looking back at 2018, and considering our progress in achieving our mission, we'd like to share with you some of our accomplishments that may be most helpful in your campus safety efforts. 
  • PERF Releases New Report on Strengthening Relationships Between Police and Immigrant Communities: On December 10, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) published a new report, Strengthening Relationships between Police and Immigrant Communities in a Complex Political Environment, with support from the Ford Foundation. In the past few years, immigration enforcement has become a complex issue at all levels. It is at the forefront of the nation's political agenda and news coverage of deportations, travel bans, and family separations have strained relationships between local police and the immigrant communities they serve.

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December 19, 2018

In this issue:

  • New Verbal De-Escalation Education Program Coming Online in January 2019: We are delighted to share that in January 2019, our second Virtual Professional Development offering, the Verbal De-Escalation Education Program, will be available online.
  • Corrections to College California: The Stanford Criminal Justice Center (SCJC) is partnering with the Opportunity Institute to direct a five-year initiative designed to build a network of bridges from corrections to college in California known as Renewing Communities. The SCJC released a 2015 report, Degrees of Freedom: Expanding College Opportunities for Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Californians, making the case for improving access to a high-quality college education "for all students whether they are learning in prison, jail, or the community."
  • Federal Training Providers: As all professionals know, there is a continued need for training to maintain and enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities. There are a multitude of options available to campuses including those offered by the federal government that offer low to no cost training, several of which we cover here.

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December 12, 2018

In this issue:

  • Managing Controversial Speakers on Campus: This fall, Campus Safety released a summary of comments and suggestions related to managing controversial speakers on campus that resulted from all three Campus Safety Conferences (CSC) and the in-depth discussion led by Vivian Marinelli, senior director of crisis management services at FEI, a national behavioral health organization that provides resiliency solutions. During the discussion, CSC attendees shared their challenges and some solutions that have worked for them before and after events. 
  • Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors national town hall meetings to educate communities about underage drinking and to mobilize them around its prevention. Each year, community-based organizations including community and youth-led coalitions as well as colleges and universities host events nationwide. SAMHSA, together with the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking and other national partners, will sponsor the seventh round of Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking in 2019.

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December 5, 2018

In this issue:

  • New Exercise Starter Kits Available for Active Shooter Incidents: Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) released new exercise starter kits (ESK) for the K-12 academic community as part of the Campus Resilience Program. OAE previously released ESKs for the higher education community in June 2018. The ESKs are self-conducted tabletop exercises that include a set of scalable tools to help K-12 schools and institutions of higher education test existing emergency plans, protocols, and procedures.
  • Terrorism Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism Research Library: The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) mission is to enable effective, efficient, and secure operations across all homeland security missions. To counter the continually growing and changing threat of violent extremism, S&T developed a free and publicly accessible research findings dashboard that hosts more than 1,500 catalogued terrorism prevention and countering violent extremism research documents.

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November 28, 2018

In this issue:

  • New Proposed Title IX Regulations Released: On November 16, 2018 the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released proposed Title IX regulations. Title IX is the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities that receive federal funding. The draft of the new regulations come more than a year after previous Title IX guidance was rescinded and ED provided temporary guidance by a Dear Colleague Letter and accompanying Questions and Answers. The proposed regulations are publicized after ED undertook research that included gathering input from students, advocates, school administrators, Title IX coordinators, and other stakeholders.
  • Assisting People with Disabilities During Evacuations: As awareness surrounding the needs of people with disabilities on college and university campuses continues to increase, it is helpful for campus public safety professionals to maintain their education on proper and effective mechanisms to assist people with disabilities before and during emergency situations.

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November 21, 2018

In this issue: 

  • 2017 Hate Crime Statistics: On November 13, the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program released its annual Hate Crimes Statistics, which includes hate crime information for 2017, broken down by location, offenders, bias types, and victims. The number of hate crimes increased by 17% between 2016 and 2017, and the number of agencies reporting hate crimes to the FBI continues to grow.
  • Violent Crime Reduction: Last month, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Major Cities Chiefs Association released the Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide in an effort to address ways in which law enforcement can successfully combat violent crime. While there is discussion about and research on the increase and/or decrease in crime in the U.S., how violent crime is felt in communities and how policing executives respond is nuanced. Each jurisdiction has its own unique set of challenges, stakeholders, and resources making a singular or static solution unlikely to be effective.

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November 14, 2018

In this issue: 

  • Law Enforcement and Victim Compensation: This fall, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in partnership with the National Center for Victims of Crime and the Police Foundation, announced a variety of new materials and resources designed to assist law enforcement in providing essential information about victim compensation to crime victims.
  • New EVAWI Training Bulletin Explores the Question of Bias in Sexual Assault Interviews: As professionals and the public become aware of the Start by Believing philosophy, they have asked important questions: Is Start by Believing just another form of bias? Does it replace the historic bias against victims with a new bias against suspects? The new End Violence Against Women International training bulletin, Interviews with Victims vs. Suspects: Start by Believing and the Question of Bias, addresses such questions, with particular focus on criminal justice professionals, especially sexual assault investigators.

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