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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.


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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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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