The Roles and Strategies of Campus Safety Teams for Preventing Violence in College and University Campus Communities
In campus communities, a multitude of circumstances can raise the threat of violence. Some potential threats are common; others, such as protests and demonstrations, mental health crises, domestic or workplace disputes, or even crowded venues, may be more complex in campus communities. This prompted the following question:
“How can campus safety teams prevent violence in university and college communities?”
To address this question, a group of campus safety leaders, with support from the National Center for Campus Public Safety, gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina in July 2018 to discuss the challenges campus safety departments face and uncover promising practices for addressing them. Key questions during the event, which occurred during the Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Law Enforcement Executives and Administrators 19th annual training conference, included:
- What can campus safety departments do to prevent violence among their students, faculty, and staff?
- How can campus safety departments balance their institution’s safety needs with the goals and needs of the surrounding communities?
- Are there ways campus safety teams can optimize their violence prevention resources?
The questions sparked a critical discussion, and participants noted several factors that make violence prevention efforts at institutions of higher education unique. This report contains a number of promising strategic practices identified by participants that campus safety teams can implement to prevent violence in their campus communities.