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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.



July 19, 2017

In this issue:

  • New DEA Website Targeting College Drug Use: Last week, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) launched a new website, Campus Drug Prevention, in an effort to support drug abuse prevention programs on college and university campuses and in surrounding communities.
  • Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017: Since early 2017, communities, state emergency management (EM) agencies, K-12 schools, and institutions of higher education have been working on preparations for the solar eclipse and an anticipated influx of visitors to specific areas that are considered prime viewing locations. Many are planning festivals, observation parties, research opportunities, and other activities to celebrate the occasion.
  • National Institute of Justice Examines Body-Worn Camera Programs and Products: During the last few years, there has been a substantial increase in the use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) by law enforcement agencies, including those on college and university campuses. Many believe BWCs have the potential benefit of increased legitimacy and accountability for both law enforcement and their communities.

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July 12, 2017

In this issue:

  • Newly Scheduled NCCPS Institutes: Register For One Near You: It's been an exciting year since we launched our Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Institute (NCCPS Institute) in July 2016. Now in our second year of delivery, we are pleased to continue public regional offerings of our groundbreaking curriculum that includes 15 topics ranging from understanding the effects of trauma to investigative strategies.
  • Hate Crime Victimization Report Issued by BJS: Last month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) published the annual report, Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2015, covering the years 2004-15. Findings come primarily from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which began hate crime data collection in 2003, coupled with information from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Hate Crime Statistics Program.

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July 5, 2017

In this issue:

  • SAMHSA Introduces Series on Trauma-Informed Communities: Earlier this year, SAMHSA released a free Spotlight Series publication highlighting different approaches to building trauma-informed, resilient communities. The introductory issue, Building Resilient and Trauma-Informed Communities: Introduction, outlines SAMHSA's six principles of a trauma-informed approach and summarizes SAMHSA's community trauma initiative.
  • Safety and Risk Management Resources for Camp Programs on Campus: College and university campuses are now bustling with summer students as well as non-students and minors participating in summer camp programs. Summer camp programs carry a certain amount of risk exposure and colleges and universities are ultimately responsible for the safety of program participants and employees.

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June 28, 2017

In this issue:

  • HazingPrevention.Org™ Publishes 2017 Resource and Planning Guides: HazingPrevention.Org (HPO), a national organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing, by providing education and resources, advocating on hazing prevention, and building partnerships with others, released their annual resource and planning guides for colleges and high schools on earlier this month. HPO provides varied resources and support services for schools and organizations looking to introduce or improve their hazing prevention programming.
  • Safe Housing Partnerships: Ending Homelessness for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors: There are people experiencing domestic violence and homelessness around the world, including on college and university campuses. A 2010 study found that nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors. Results from a 2016 study of basic needs insecurity in higher education, which surveyed more than 33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states, showed that 14 percent were homeless.

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June 21, 2017

In this issue:

  • CDC Publishes Technical Package to Help Prevent Youth Violence: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new resource, A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behaviors, to assist states and communities in preventing youth violence. The technical package uses evidence-based strategies to help prevent or reduce public health problems, particularly youth violence, among 10 to 24-year olds and supports the CDC's STRYVE (Striving To  Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) Initiative for preventing youth violence. 

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June 15, 2017

In this issue:

  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Issues New Warnings on Fentanyl: Earlier this month, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued new guidance and warnings for first responders working on cases with those affected by the opioid crisis across the country. The deadly drug fentanyl has surged in communities, in some cases causing mass overdoses due to the distribution of it in, or as a replacement for, batches of heroin. As the number of overdoses involving fentanyl increases, first responders' accidental exposure to the equivalent of even a few grains of the drug can be deadly.

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