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.
October 3, 2018
In this issue:
- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a national annual observance, evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Domestic violence affects individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and religions, and happens regardless of sexual orientation. This violence occurs in both dating relationships and marriages, and occurs on and off college and university campuses.
- Mental Illness Awareness Week: Attitudes that view symptoms of mental health issues as threatening and uncomfortable frequently foster stigma and discrimination towards people affected by these issues. People brave enough to admit they have a mental health problem often face forms of exclusion, discrimination, and bullying. Mental health stigma can be divided into two types: social stigma and perceived stigma or self-stigma. This Mental Illness Awareness Week, join the National Alliance on Mental Illness in educating the public, fighting stigma, and providing support.
September 26, 2018
In this issue:
- One Mother's Fire: The Gail Minger Story: In 1998, Michael Minger was a 19-year-old sophomore at Murray State University pursuing degrees in broadcast journalism and music/vocal performance. Michael was killed in a residence hall fire on the morning of September 18, 1998. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Michael's death and, in his honor, the award-wining documentary, One Mother's Fire: The Gail Minger Story, has been released to the public.
- October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Technology is a part of our daily lives to varying degrees, and the internet impacts our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity, and the nation's security. Launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2004, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.
September 19, 2018
In this issue:
- NCCPS Launches New Virtual Professional Development Initiative: We are excited to announce our new Virtual Professional Development (VPD) initiative, which provides flexibility in advancing practitioner knowledge about specific topic areas. Programs offered through our VPD initiative are self-paced to allow individuals to make the best use of their time in order to meet their learning objectives. The first offering is our Physical Security Education Program, a five-module interactive course, designed in conjunction with subject-matter expert Dan Pascale, CPP, Managing Director of Margolis Healy.
- National Hazing Prevention Week: New 2017 data from YouGov found that one in five Americans experienced hazing during high school and that 35% of Americans still think hazing has its place as a rite of passage. When asked if they had experienced hazing personally or witnessed someone else being hazed at a college/university, 11% of respondents aged 18-34, 7% of respondents aged 35-54, and 9% of respondents aged 55+ replied "yes." With National Hazing Prevention Week approaching, campuses, schools, communities, organizations, and individuals can come together to talk about hazing in their communities, raise awareness about the problem of hazing, educate others about hazing, and promote the prevention of hazing.
September 12, 2018
In this issue:
- New NCCPS Forum Report: Managing Campus Protests and Demonstrations at HBCUs: From the Civil Rights movement of the 50s and 60s to today's Black Lives Matter movement, students and faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been at the vanguard of social reforms that change America. This powerful and enduring legacy was on the minds of the HBCU participants attending a national forum, and it prompted the following question: Are protests and demonstrations at HBCUs fundamentally different from predominantly white institutions?
- National Security Officer Appreciation Week: This year, the fourth annual observance of National Security Officer Appreciation Week falls the week of September 16-22, 2018. This week honors the incredible efforts of our nation's security officers to create safer and more secure environments. Security officers are hard-working, highly-trained individuals who are part of our country's network of first responders. These people deter crime, lead evacuations, provide information, work closely with local law enforcement, and are vigilant in their efforts to keep us safe in our workplaces, schools and institutions of higher education, and local communities.
- National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month: October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and this year marks the 12th annual observance of month since its creation by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children, and even college-aged students, that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both individuals who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
September 5, 2018
In this issue:
- Changing the Conversation from Suicide to Suicide Prevention: In 2016, suicide was the second leading cause of death or those aged 10 - 34 in the U.S. and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background and, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. You and members of your campus community can #BeThe1To ask, keep people safe, be there, help them stay connected, follow up, and learn more.
- Now Available: 2018 Safety and Security Best Practices Guides: The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) has released four updated safety and security best practices guides for purchase via their secure digital platform partner, Mimeo. The guides are a result of summits with representatives from event management, facilities operations, law enforcement, emergency management, fire, emergency medical services, technology firms, and public safety agencies where discussions took place on current safety and security issues, identifying solutions, and proposing future best practices through professional collaboration.
August 29, 2018
In this issue:
- National Campus Safety Awareness Month: National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM), a national observance that first launched in 2008 with unanimous support from Congress, begins Saturday, September 1. Led by the Clery Center, this year's campaign theme, What's Your Message?, focuses on providing professional development opportunities to assist campus safety officials communicate why they engage in the work they do.
- Synthetic Cannabinoids: The New Haven Green in Connecticut, a 16-acre park located less than a mile away from Yale University's campus, was the location of 95 drug overdoses two weeks ago - 76 on Wednesday and 19 more on Thursday. Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement warning about the significant health risks of contaminated illegal synthetic cannabinoid products and several states have issued alerts and warnings on these products.
August 22, 2018
In this issue:
- Campus Fire Safety: Across the nation at institutions of higher education, students have already begun to arrive on campus for the start of this academic year. Established in 2005, and proclaimed annually by several states, September is Campus Fire Safety Month, a time to raise awareness among parents, students, administrators, and legislators about the importance of fire safety. Between 2000 and 2016, 150 college/university-related fire fatalities occurred off-campus: 10 in residence halls, 10 in Greek housing, and 2 in other locations.
- OVC and IACP Partner to Enhance Response to Victims: The Office for Victims of Crime and the International Association of Chiefs of Police announced a new effort this spring, Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims (ELER). The ELER strategy, which requires no additional staff or funding, addresses the seven critical needs of victims that are safety, support, information, access, continuity, voice, and justice.
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.
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.
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.