Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2016/10
October 26, 2016
In this issue:
- New Report on Police and Community Interactions on Campuses: The NCCPS partnered with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Law Enforcement Executives and Administrators to facilitate an emerging issues forum at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the forum was to identify gaps in perception between students and public safety at institutions of higher education and build a framework to help the campus community bridge those gaps. Forum participants drafted recommendations on developing the appropriate framework to bring back to their institutions.
- BJA Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit: Mental health calls for service can be complex and challenging for campus safety and law enforcement officials. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance revealed the Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit that provides resources for law enforcement agencies to partner with mental health providers to effectively respond to calls for service, improve outcomes for people with mental illness, and advance the safety of all.
- October is National Bullying Prevention Month: This year's Bullying Prevention Month marks the 10th anniversary of its creation by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. Resources are available for these vulnerable populations, and college students in general, through a variety of organizations and federal partners.
October 19, 2016
In this issue:
- White House Releases Strategic Implementation Plan to Prevent Violent Extremism: Violent extremism is a persistent and threatening issue in the United States, and single instances can have devastating and extensive consequences. To safeguard individuals against violent extremist recruitment and radicalization, it is vital to build and maintain strong and resilient local communities, including college and university campus communities.
- October Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM): Technology plays an increasingly significant role in our daily lives, especially at universities and colleges where there are online, distance, and e-learning environments; courses employing teaching on tablets and smartphones; formal and informal learning using social media; and student, faculty, and staff information stored in databases. Recognizing the importance of cybersecurity awareness, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
- Is Your Institution a Member of NIMAA?: The International Association of Emergency Managers Universities and Colleges Caucus developed the National Intercollegiate Mutual Aid Agreement (NIMAA), a system for providing and/or receiving assistance between institutions of higher education during an emergency such as a natural disaster, disease outbreak, or tragic event.
- Substance Abuse Prevention Month: This October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, an observance that began in 2011 when President Obama issued the first proclamation known as National Youth Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder Prevention Month.
October 12, 2016
In this issue:
- New DOJ Resource on Promoting Safer Families and Communities: Last week, the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women launched the National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center's Safer Families, Safer Communities website to help agencies and organizations work together to prioritize victim safety and to address the challenges that communities face in responding to firearm-involved domestic violence.
- Clowns on Campus: Widespread reports of creepy clown sightings and related threats of criminal activity are increasingly affecting campus public safety and police departments across the world. These clown sightings and incidents can impede the safe and supportive educational environment that institutions strive for.
October 5, 2016
In this issue:
- Mental Health Awareness: During the first full week of October, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness, encourages participation in Mental Illness Awareness Week.
- #ThisIsDV: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Each October, we raise awareness about the important issue of domestic violence. Domestic violence affects men and women of all ages, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and religions, and happens regardless of sexual orientation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five women and one in seven men have experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.