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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.


March 13, 2019

In this issue:

  • Defining the Value of Campus Emergency Management Programs to Communities: We are happy to share with you our most recent emerging issues forum report, Defining the Value of Campus Emergency Management Programs to Communities. At its most fundamental level, emergency management is a managerial function responsible for creating a framework that helps communities reduce their vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters so that those communities are safer and more resilient.
  • Campus Hunger in the U.S.: In December 2018, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released the report, Food Insecurity: Better Information Could Help Eligible College Students Access Federal Food Assistance Benefits, a review of 31 U.S. studies published since 2007 that contain original, direct estimates of food insecurity rates among college students.

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March 6, 2019

In this issue:

  • Electric Bikes and Scooters on Campus: In less than 18 months, electric bikes and scooters have taken towns, cities, and campus communities by surprise. They appeal to a variety of people who are concerned with pollution from cars and fossil fuels, costs associated with owning a car, and limited parking. E-scooters can end up scattered all over campus once riders are finished, unless there is a well thought out plan in place to address this concern.
  • Preparing for Minors on Campus: As engaged members of their communities, colleges and universities often host programs and events for the general public, including minors. In addition to minors visiting campus with family or friends, activities such as camps, summer classes, childcare, and tutoring programs bring minors to campuses, many of whom will be unaccompanied by their own parents or guardians. Some will even arrive as first-year college students.

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February 27, 2019

In this issue: 

  • Connections Selector: A New Tool From the CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the launch of its new Connections Selector, an addition to the Connecting the Dots website that supports those working in violence prevention to think strategically and creatively about preventing violence and to coordinate and integrate responses to violence in a way that considers the individual's home environment, neighborhood, and larger community.
  • NO MORE Week: Data collected between 2010-2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that in the U.S., about 1 in 3 women and nearly 1 in 6 men experienced some form of contact sexual violence during their lifetime. Sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are public health problems that affect the physical and mental health of victims. NO MORE Week, March 3 - 9, 2019, is an opportunity to become knowledgeable about and speak out on these issues in order to play an important part in creating a culture of safety, equality, and respect on our campuses and in our communities.

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February 20, 2019

In this issue:

  • Become a StormReady University or College: Weather can wreak havoc on campus communities, operations, and events, and it happens often. According to the National Weather Service, Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. One way colleges and universities can prepare for and mitigate weather-related hazards is by participating in the National Weather Service's StormReady® program, which is part of a national effort to build resiliency against extreme weather and water events.
  • Global Information Sharing Toolkit: The Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST) was developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance's Global Standards Council as part of its overall mission to coordinate the broad-scale electronic sharing of pertinent justice and public safety-related information by coordinating the establishment of a common, consistent, and standards-based approach to implementing justice information sharing solutions. GIST allows visitors to search for general areas of interest, look for a specific publication, or create their own individualized toolkit.

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February 13, 2019

In this issue:

  • U.S. National Counterterrorism Center and the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team: The U.S. National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) was founded after the September 11th terrorist attacks through the passing of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. The NCTC leads and integrates the national counterterrorism effort and also houses the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT), the mission of which is to improve information sharing and enhance public safety. JCAT produces a number of resources for public safety personnel, including campus safety personnel, emergency management officials, or campus first responders.
  • Strategic Communication Planning for Suicide Prevention: The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) released a new video series on strategic communication planning for suicide prevention. Strategic planning is key to developing effective communication materials for suicide prevention. Adapted from SPRC's Strategic Communication Workshop Series, the videos include free, downloadable worksheets to help you put these skills into practice in your community and on your campus. This series is available on YouTube and includes five-to-six-minute webinar clips.

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February 6, 2019

In this issue:

  • Department of Transportation Proposes New Rule on Drones: On January 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced proposed new initiatives to allow unmanned aircraft systems, ordrones, under certain conditions to fly overnight and over people. In addition, DOT said it will seek public input to identify drone safety and security issues that may threaten people on the ground, other aircraft, or national security.
  • 2019 National Seasonal Preparedness Calendar Released: The National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar is now available for 2019. The calendar, developed by FEMA and released annually, highlights important observances and provides key messages for each month. Campuses can use this calendar to help convey important awareness and preparedness information to their communities using a variety of links and toolkits found on thecalendar website.

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January 30, 2019

In this issue:

  • NCCPS Verbal De-Escalation Education Program is LIVE: We are happy to announce that our second Virtual Professional Development (VPD) offering, the Verbal De-Escalation Education Program, is now live and registration is open. As with our Physical Security Education Program, participants will receive a certificate of completion following a successful post-test at the end of the course.
  • Emerging Issues in Law Enforcement and Strategies to Address Them: In August 2017, 40 rank and file officers, deputies, and troopers, nominated by the heads of their departments as some of our nation's front-line leaders, participated in a roundtable discussion to consider their roles in implementing their departments' community policing policies and operations. The resulting report, Rank and File: Reflections on Emerging Issues in Law Enforcement, captures the experiences, opinions, and ideas of the participating officers and offers a glimpse into the daily activities of a unique and demanding profession.

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January 23, 2019

In this issue:

  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about and prevent abuse in teen and 20-something relationships. Teen dating violence is defined as physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and happens on college and university campuses.
  • Violence Prevention in Practice: In the fall of 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added a new web-based resource, Violence Prevention in Practice, to help guide state and local health agencies and other key stakeholders in planning, implementing, and evaluating violence prevention efforts. The website is a welcome addition to the important and effective technical packages released by the CDC that have helped broaden the conversation and advance sexual and intimate partner violence prevention.

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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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