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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 14, 2015

In this issue:

  • Joint Intelligence Bulletin: Officer Safety Alert: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) have released a joint intelligence bulletin entitled (U//FOUO) Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Online Supporters Continue to Encourage Attacks Against Law Enforcement and Government Personnel.
  • Study Abroad Health and Safety: Institutions of higher education (IHEs) involved with student travel seek to protect the health and safety of those participating in international educational opportunities. Study abroad administrators say that a majority of common illnesses and incidents experienced by those participating in overseas programs are behavior-induced making them preventable through proactive measures.

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January 7, 2015

In this issue:

  • National Stalking Awareness Month: January has been declared National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking is a widespread issue that affects men, women, and children, and can occur anywhere, including within college and university communities.
  • SAMHSA Releases Paper on Trauma-Informed Approach: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach. This paper addresses key concepts identified by national experts, the general public during a public comment period, federal agencies that conduct work in the field of trauma, and other SAMHSA grant-funded experts.

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December 30, 2014

In this issue:

  • White Paper Released: Practitioners' Discussion of Implementing Clery/Title IX: We are pleased to announce the release of our first white paper, Practitioners' Discussion of Implementing Clery/Title IX, written in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Police Department, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
  • Free Access to the IACP Law Enforcement Policy Center for IACP Members: Have you heard the news? Beginning in January 2015, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) members will receive free and complete access to the IACP Law Enforcement Policy Center.

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December 23, 2014

In this issue:

  • President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing Survey: President Obama has convened a Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The Task Force will build on the extensive body of knowledge developed over the last 20 years by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) within the U.S. Department of Justice. 
  • Holiday and Seasonal Preparedness: The National Preparedness Community, facilitated by FEMA and designed for the whole community to connect and collaborate on emergency preparedness, has recently provided a holiday preparedness toolkit.

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December 17, 2014

In this issue:

  • CDC Updates Sexual Violence Uniform Definitions: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Injury Center recently released Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements, Version 2.0
  • National Impaired Driving Prevention Month - Drugged Driving: Driving while impaired is a well-known issue throughout the nation. Earlier this month, we identified and disseminated resources related to impaired driving. This week, we will list information and resources on our website specific to drugged driving.

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December 10, 2014

In this issue:

  • Attorney General Holder Announces New Guidance To Curb Profiling: On Monday, December 8th, Attorney General Eric Holder announced new steps the Department of Justice will take to curb profiling by federal law enforcement agencies. The new policy also applies to state and local law enforcement officers...
  • Holiday Safety Tips: Crimes such as robberies, burglaries, and thefts typically increase during the holiday season. With holiday travel, shopping and preparations more people are out and about and they tend to be carrying more money and valuables than during other times of the year. It's important to be mindful of...

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December 3, 2014

In this issue:

  • National Impaired Driving Prevention Month: Underage drinking and alcohol-impaired driving are both common issues in communities across the nation. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that in 2012, over "10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes" and...
  • New COPS and BJA Resource Guide: On November 21, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) announced the release of a new resource guide, Resource Guide for Enhancing Community Relationships and Protecting Privacy and Constitutional Rights, which is intended to help law enforcement officers build stronger community-police relations.

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November 25, 2014

In this Issue:

  • Bystander Intervention Resources: Bystander intervention awareness and strategies are an essential part of any violence prevention program or effort at higher education institutions, regardless of your institution's location or size. Compiled below are several resources for use by campus safety officials, advocates, faculty and staff, and community members.
  • Giving Thanks: During this week of Thanksgiving, we would like to express our thanks to all the campus public safety officials for your service. 

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November 19, 2014

In this issue:

  • "It's On Us" Week of Action: This week, November 17-21, is the official "It's On Us" Week of Action across campuses nationwide. The week of events, advocacy and activism is being coordinated by Generation Progress, the progressive, nonprofit interest group that has partnered with the White House on the "It's On Us" campaign.
  • Preparing for and Responding to Cyberbullying: Tips for Law Enforcement: Cyberbullying is a growing problem among several age groups that occurs across a variety of mediums in cyberspace including on computers, cell phones and tablets, through video-sharing sites and social media, and in interactive apps and gaming systems. 

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November 13, 2014

In this issue:

  • From the Road: TISA Pilot Training Program at Virginia Commonwealth University: Tuesday was the first day of our pilot training program for campus officials on Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigations and Adjudications at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. We had over 40 participants in attendance - student conduct, education and advocacy services, counseling services, residential life, administrative investigations, campus public safety, law enforcement, dean of students office, attorney general's office, and more.
  • Officer Response to People with Mental Illnesses: Resources: As a follow-up to our article two weeks ago on Officer Response to People with Mental Illnesses that focused on training, we have compiled some resources in our website library to assist you in establishing, maintaining or coordinating response programs.

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