Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2016/03
March 30, 2016
In this issue:
- New Tool for Your Public Safety Website: The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) is excited to offer a new tool to help campus safety and law enforcement officers; emergency management officials; and other professionals committed to campus safety easily find and connect to our website.
- COPS Office Grant Opportunity: The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) recently announced an upcoming grant opportunity that directly impacts those working in school-based policing. The COPS Office will soon begin accepting applications for their FY2016 COPS Hiring Program.
- NCCPS April Webinar Series: Join us for two important webinars exploring two sides of sexual assault: prevention and response. We are pleased to announce that Thomas R. Tremblay, retired Burlington, VT police chief and nationally recognized subject matter expert, will be joining us for Sexual Assault: Courageous Conversations and Bystander Intervention.
March 23, 2016
In this issue:
- April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Nationally, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center's (NSVRC) 2016 SAAM campaign, "Prevention is Possible," provides community advocates and campus leaders with a toolkit to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens.
- NCCPS Request for Proposals: The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) is pleased to announce that we are currently seeking competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) submissions for a training consultant/instructional designer or company (TC). The TC will develop five hybrid online/facilitated educational opportunities for the NCCPS Campus Public Safety Certificate Program (the Program). These five courses will form the core courses of the Program.
- Defining an Emergency Manager in Light of Flint, Michigan: The lead water crisis in Flint, Michigan has been making national headlines. It's been a topic amongst presidential candidates, the federal government, and state and local entities. Calls have been made for the resignation of Michigan's governor and the former Flint emergency manager insists he should not be held responsible for the decision to use the Flint River as the city's source of drinking water. But a larger question has started to permeate the conversation, both nationally and internationally. Was Flint's emergency manager a traditional emergency manager, and if not, what was his role?
March 16, 2016
In this issue:
- Active Shooter Training for Campuses Nationwide: The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University was created to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. Since 2002, ALERRT has provided active shooter response training to more than 85,000 law enforcement officers in 49 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, primarily through federal and state funding.
- NCAA and Department of Homeland Security Team Up This Spring: This week is the official start of March Madness, the most intense three weeks of college basketball in the U.S. Die-hard fans that include students, families, faculty, staff and the general public will pack athletic facilities across the country for a chance to cheer and support their favorite teams.
- New Guidance Report on Building Trust in Your Community: Many college and university campuses have uniquely diverse populations. To foster a culture of safety and security, it is vital for campus safety and police organizations to develop and maintain positive and trusting relationships with their communities.
March 9, 2016
In this issue:
- New Blueprint for Sexual Assault Response Developed for Texas Universities: The University of Texas (UT) System has announced the release of The Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault, "a science-based, victim-centered blueprint for law enforcement to respond to sexual assault cases at all 14 University of Texas institutions." The Blueprint is the result of a unique collaboration between the UT System Police, who are responsible for 14 academic and health institutions with more than 330,000 students, faculty, and staff, and UT at Austin researchers. UT System Police Director Michael Heidingsfield advised the Blueprint "has the potential to be a national model for not only university law enforcement agencies but law enforcement in general."
- Opportunity to Host a Town Hall Meeting for Preventing Underage Drinking: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) invites campus and community allies to join Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking to create awareness about high-risk drinking and pursue evidence-based counter-measures. SAMHSA has designated colleges and universities as a priority focus.
- Sentinel Events Initiative: Beginning in 2011, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, has been exploring the feasibility of using a learning-from-error approach in the criminal justice system by conducting sentinel event reviews (SERs). James Doyle, a Visiting Fellow at NIJ from 2012 to 2014, explains that when bad outcomes occur in a complex social system, such as the criminal justice system, it is rarely due to a single act or mistake. Generally, it is the combination of small errors throughout a system that lead to these bad outcomes, or sentinel events.
March 2, 2016
In this issue:
- Recruitment and Retention in Campus Policing: Recruitment and retention of campus security and police officers has long been an issue college and university administrations struggle to effectively address. This is a common challenge that also affects state and municipal law enforcement agencies and much has been written on the topic over the years.
- Opportunity to Host the Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Educational Program! The National Center for Campus Public Safety is currently accepting applications from colleges and universities to host its innovative Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Educational Program (Program). The purpose of this vital Program is to provide college and university administrators involved in investigating and adjudicating sexual misconduct cases information and resources necessary to conduct trauma-informed investigations in line with evolving practices.